The compact SUV segment is witnessing an unprecedented growth in recent times and Mitsubishi is in no mood to let other players get a bigger share of the pie! That explains why the Japanese giant is revamping its automobile portfolio. The 2017 Mitsubishi ASX is being readied for release. The model also called RVR in its home turf has been equipped with killer features and the design has been enhanced to take on the rivals. Introduced in 1991, the model has got a fan following owing to aspects like value for money and bold design. The 2017 model has a lineup of rivals waiting to lock horns with it including the Honda HR-V, Suzuki Vitara, and Nissan Juke.
2017 Mitsubishi ASX – Body Styles Changes and other Options
The 2017 Mitsubishi ASX is smaller in dimension than some of its rivals, as it is. It is shorter than the Nissan Qashqai as well as the Honda CR-V. However, its petite dimension hides a cabin that is amazingly spacious. The exterior design is sleek and muscular. The grille design is likely to get a revamp. Even the lights will be revamped in the new model. The rear part of the SUV looks sharp and stylish.
The inside of the 2017 Mitsubishi ASX looks absolutely classy and sleek. Chrome accents and premium materials ooze sophistication. The infotainment system comprises of Bluetooth, touch screen controls, navigation system etc. Plenty of leather is used inside. The seats are comfortable and quite roomy even for taller passengers. Some aluminum and wood have also been used in the cabin. As far as cargo space is concerned, it is quite satisfying with 442 liters of space. You also get 30-liter underflow area. However, the Skoda Yeti beats it here. There are two central cubbies along with a large glove compartment. Another good thing is the rear passengers can slide their feet under the raised front seats.Mitsubishi has equipped the 2017 ASX with oodles of tech and amenities. There are features like folding door mirrors, Bluetooth, and climate control. There are 3 trim levels- ZC, ZC-M, and ZC-H, the latter sold only with the diesel engine. All the trims get features like electric windows, tyre-pressure monitoring as well as alloy wheels. The ZC-M offers better value for money since it gets a tinted glass, cruise control, and heated front seats. The ZC-H also packs in xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and rear parking sensors. It also gets a glass roof, sat nav and power-operated driver’s seat. As far as safety quotient is concerned, the ASX 2017 scores reasonably well but there are some loopholes too. For example, you get seven airbags, braking assistance, and ISOFIX child-seat mounts. There are with anti-whiplash head restraints, stability control, and emergency-stop signal system. However, it misses out on lane-keep assist and automatic braking.
2017 Mitsubishi ASX – Main Power Production Unit
The 2017 Mitsubishi ASX is fitted with a 2.0-liter engine which replaces the 1.8-liter version of its predecessor. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed gearbox. It generates 200 hp. Rated top speed is 160 km while zero to 60 km acceleration takes only 6 seconds. There will be a hybrid version too, as per the sources. It will feature the company’s much touted PHEV powertrain. A Diesel engine may also be there with 147 hp and 4WD. The 2017 Mitsubishi ASX has a soft suspension leading to enhanced riding comfort. The bumps and potholes are soaked in well. However, there is some amount of body roll, more so when you drive it on rough terrains. The diesel version produces some engine noise that seeps in the cabin. More or less all versions let in some amount of air and road noise as well.
2017 Mitsubishi ASX – Expected Date of Arrival and Price
The exact release timing of the 2017 Mitsubishi ASX is not known. However, most likely it is going to reach the showrooms in the last months of 2016. The price of The exact release timing of the 2017 Mitsubishi ASX is not known. However, most likely it is going to reach the showrooms in the last months of 2016. The price of the base version may hover around $. The Mitsubishi ASX 2017 is an enticing contender in its segment. It sports improved styling and a nice cabin. The infotainment features are good though on safety front it lags behind some rivals. Despite steep competition from Suzuki SX4 S-Crossover, Nissan Juke, and Kia Soul, it may find buyers owing to reasonable pricing and decent performance.