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2018 Mitsubishi ASX upgrade flagged with US model facelift

By David Bonnici, 06 Apr 2017 Car News

Possible 2018 Mitsubishi ASX facelift

The ASX’s American counterpart the Outlander Sport receives new tech that could help it maintain its sales success here.

Another facelift could be on the cards for the Mitsubishi ASX despite its all-new replacement being due next year.

The baby SUV recently received a nip and tack for the 2017 model year to prolong its late-blooming sales success that was expected to see it through to the introduction of its replacement.

Possible 2018 Mitsubishi ASX facelift

However, Mitsubishi has announced a late-life upgrade to its American version, the Outlander Sport, to keep the model relevant there with features yet to be included in Australian models.

As with the recent update, the 2018 Outlander Sports gets an a subtle exterior touch with the main visual differences being the addition of LED daytime running lights alongside the foglights and new chrome grill treatment.

The rear gains a neat looking metallic skid plate below a dark indent in the rear bumper with C-shaped reflectors at each flank.

Possible 2018 Mitsubishi ASX facelift

The upgrade also includes a tech boost with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and optional driver assistance package featuring forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights.

Such electronic additions would be simple to implement to maintain popularity of the bargain-priced ASX, which last month lost its long-standing second place in the small SUV stakes to the Nissan Qashqai.

Possible 2018 Mitsubishi ASX facelift

Mitsubishi Australia is yet to confirm if the US updates will make their way to the local range.

The 2018 Outlander Sport will make its debut at next week’s New York Auto Show and will go on sale around September.