- Australia's best selling small SUV to get facelift for 2020
- Now available, with new 'Sport' variants arriving in December
- New more powerful engine added to the range
Australia’s best-selling small SUV, the Mitsubishi ASX, will go into its tenth successive year on sale in 2020 with a new look, new technology and a new, more powerful, 2.4-litre petrol engine option.
The 2020 ASX range will also introduce new ‘sport’ variants called the MR and GSR, which gain more athletic-looking interior and exterior trim.
The higher-spec GSR will come with a rear spoiler, and paddle shifters for more hands on gearing of the new 123kW/222Nm 2.4-litre engine that will also be available in the range-topping Exceed.
Coupled with the standard continuously variable transmission (CVT) the new engine produces 12 percent more power and 13 percent more torque than the 110kW/197Nm 2.0-litre engine carried over from the outgoing model into all but GSR and Exceed variants.
New tech includes a bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen with improved smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and digital radio (DAB+). The Exceed also gains a Rockford premium audio system and TomTom navigation that can connect to the internet via your phone for real-time city traffic updates… which kind of sounds a lot like what apps like Google Maps or Wayz already do. Anyway…
The move to a larger screen has also meant a redesign for the centre console and dash array, though the basic layout carries over from the 2019 model.
It also claims that the range-topping models will include a TomTom-sourced satellite navigation system that can connect to the internet via your phone for real-time city traffic updates… which kind of sounds a lot like what apps like Google Maps or Wazyz already do. Anyway…
Autonomous emergency braking, which Mitsubishi calls Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), is now standard across the ASX range rather with the optional ADAS package. The FCM system detects obstructions ahead and issues a visual and audible alert when there is a danger of a collision, automatically applying the brakes to either avoid a collision or reduce the impact.
The auto-dimming electrochromatic rear-view mirror that was part of the ADAS pack is also now standard.
The $2500 ADAS pack is still optional with entry-level ASX ES and brings lane departure warning, auto high beam, reversing sensors, blind spot warning, lane change assist rear cross traffic alert, front fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers, and dusk-sensing headlamps.
The 2020 reboot brings the ASX’s design language into line with stablemates like the Eclipse Cross and the Pajero Sport. Out back, LED taillights work with conventional turn indicators in the reconfigured tail lamps, while a new rear fascia and bumper design deletes a lot of chrome work and sharpens its visage.
The evergreen Mitsubishi ASX, which launched in 2010, was the clear leader in this year's small SUV sales race, ahead of newer rivals like Mazda’s CX-3, the Honda HR-V, Subaru’s XV and the Hyundai Kona.
The keys to the popularity of this car are price and size. At the base, the ASX costs less than the majority of its competitors aside from the entry-level CX-3 and Ford’s largely unloved EcoSport, while its luggage space compares well with most rivals.
The 2020 Mitsubishi ASX ES, LS and Exceed are now available in Mitsubishi showrooms. The MR and GSR variants go on sale in December, with pricing for both to be announced closer to launch.
2020 Mitsubishi ASX pricing and features
ASX ES, 2.0-litre manual - $24,990
ASX ES, 2.0-litre auto - $26,740
- 2.0L MPI MIVEC Engine
- 5 speed manual or CVT
- Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
- 7 airbags
- Active Stability Control
- Traction control
- Hill start assist
- 18” Alloy wheels
- LED headlamps with integrated Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
- LED brake, tail and reverse lamps
- Rear spoiler with LED stop lamp
- Leather wrapped steering wheel
- Single zone climate control
- Cruise control
- Door mirrors with electric fold control
- 8” smartphone touchscreen audio
- DAB radio
- Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Electrochromatic rear view mirror
- Reverse Camera
- ADAS Pack ($2500)
ASX LS, 2.0-litre auto - $30,240
Key specifications over ES
- ADAS pack
- Smart key and one touch start
- Roof rails
- Privacy glass
- Chrome interior door handles
ASX MR, 2.0-litre auto - $28,240
Key specifications over ES
- Black alloy wheels
- Black door mirrors
- Black grille
- Privacy Glass
- Front Fog lamps
- Leather appointed steering wheel, shift knob & park brake with red stitch
- Aluminium pedals
- Smart key with one touch start
ASX GSR, 2.4-litre auto - $32,3240
Key specifications over MR
- 2.4L MPI MIVEC engine
- Sports rear spoiler
- Paddle shift
- Micro suede and synthetic leather seating
- Black interior headlining
- 6 speakers
ASX Exceed, 2.4-litre auto - $35,740
Key specifications over LS
- 2.4L MPI MIVEC engine
- Two tone 18” alloy wheels
- Dark argent radiator grille
- Auto headlamp levelling
- Panoramic roof
- Leather appointed seats
- Heated seats
- Driver 4-way power seat
- TomTom navigation
- Rockford Fosgate Premium audio with 9 speakers