Mitsubishi Australia has sharpened the value proposition of its Mitsubishi ASX small SUV, which, despite now notching up eight years of production, continues to sit at the top of the sales chart for its segment ahead of rivals like the Mazda CX-3, Subaru XV, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona and Toyota C-HR.
The biggest news is the removal of diesel-powered AWD models and the arrival of a new ES entry-level variant that kicks the range off at $23,490 in five-speed manual form, or $25,490 with the optional CVT automatic. That’s $1510 less than the previous range opener, the ASX LS, which now sits in the middle of the ASX’s three-variant range structure and becomes an automatic transmission-only proposition.
The Mitsubishi ASX LS automatic is the only model to actually increase in price, jumping $990 to sit at $27,990, but that’s offset by the now-standard inclusion of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane departure warning, along with automatic high-beam, privacy glass and leather/microsuede upholstery.
The departure of the diesels also trims the price ceiling down to just $30,990 for the range-topping Exceed, which takes the place of the XLS grade that was previously priced at $32,000.
The Mitsubishi ASX ES entry model comes with 18-inch alloys, a 7-inch colour infotainment touchscreen with smartphone mirroring capability, a reversing camera, two USB charging points, digital radio, seven airbags and ABS, stability control and traction control.
That model’s safety suite can be expanded with the optional Advanced Driver Assist Systems safety pack, which brings rear cross-traffic alert, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, lane departure warning, reverse parking sensors, front foglamps and auto-on headlamps and wipers. Thus equipped, the Mitsubishi ASX ES ADAS (now that’s a mouthful!) retails for $29,990.
The mid-grade LS adds to that feature set with rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition and a self-dimming mirror in addition to the AEB, auto high-beam, privacy glass and leather/microsuede interior treatment mentioned above.
Meanwhile the ASX Exceed comes with a panoramic glass roof, LED ambient cabin lighting, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a powered driver’s seat, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert included at standard.
With no more diesel powertrains available in the ASX family, the entire range is now powered by a 110kW/197Nm 2.0-litre petrol inline four, driving the front wheels only via either a five-speed manual in the base ES or a CVT automatic in all other grades.
- Mitsubishi ASX ES manual: $23,490
- Mitsubishi ASX ES CVT: $25,490
- Mitsubishi ASX ES CVT ADAS: $26,990
- Mitsubishi ASX LS CVT: $27,990
- Mitsubishi ASX Exceed CVT: $30,990