Mitsubishi has given its top-selling Mitsubishi ASX small-SUV a nip and tuck to prolong its sales renaissance, including a new-look front-end and interior changes.
The ASX is one of the oldest models in the Australian market, with the current generation having first released way back in 2010. However, despite its age, the ASX has enjoyed its best sales success this year due to a combination of attractive pricing and the ever-growing popularity of small SUVs.
It was the best-selling baby soft-roader in October and is on track to be the biggest seller for year, with sales so far topping 15,000 - which is about the same as the Mazda CX-3 and around 5000 units more than the Nissan Qashqai and Honda HRV.
With an all-new ASX replacement not due until 2018, Mitsubishi appears to be taking an if-it-ain’t-broke … approach with minor changes including a new “dynamic shield” front bumper and grille, shark fin antenna, redesigned seat adjuster, improved rear seat comfort, new cloth seat trim with red stitching and … wait for it … a new key fob shape.
The Dynamic Shield front features gloss black and chrome finishes added to the new-shape front bumper and grille to bring it more in line with its larger Mitsubishi Outlander and Pajero Sport siblings.
Minor tweaks to the upper-spec ASX XLS variant include functional improvements to its MMSC infotainment system and heated seat switches moved to the dashboard.
All versions are now compliant with Euro 5 emissions standards.
Price increases across the range are also minor: just $10 more for the petrol 2WD variants and around $500 for the turbo-diesel 4X4s, with retail pricing starting at $25,000.
The 2017 Mitsubishi ASX is now arriving in showrooms around Australia.
MY17 Mitsubishi ASX Pricing:
LS 2.0L petrol 2WD manual - $25,000
LS 2.0L petrol 2WD CVT - $27,000
LS 2.2L turbo diesel 4WD auto - $32,500
XLS 2.0L petrol 2WD CVT - $31,500
XLS 2.2L turbo diesel 4WD auto - $37,000