Mitsubishi has announced another facelift for the ASX, and we think it's a proper look for the little brother of the Outlander.
The ASX (AKA: RVR or Outlander Sport in other markets) that was announced by Mitsubishi is a redesign of the current model, not a new generation or all-new version. But unlike the mild update that Mitsubishi launched locally in 2016, the 2020 ASX is a much more comprehensive redesign.
The new, overhauled look is based on the new design direction of Mitsubishi for their SUVs and trucks called Dynamic Shield, though they say it has been re-interpreted for the smaller ASX that Mitsubishi calls ”Impact and Impulse.”
As with other Mitsubishi SUVs and crossovers, the Dynamic Shield front end is intended to express "strength and toughness", and the new family look does that, particularly with the shape of the grill. As with the Montero Sport and Strada (and unlike the Xpander), the lights flanking the chrome grill are the headlamps while the lower light assemblies on the side are for the foglamps and indicators.
The body and architecture of the ASX may remain the same, but they changed quite a few of the details such as the rear lights, as well as adding new ones like faux skid plates to give more strength.
The interior appears to be largely unchanged, save for a few tweaks here and there. The European market will get a new Smartphone-link Display Audio system (SDA). The ASX will still be powered by a 2.0-liter MIVEC engine, and will have the INVECS-III CVT. European versions will also get front wheel drive and four-wheel drive variations of the ASX.
Mitsubishi will reveal the new ASX alongside their oddly-named Engelberg Tourer concept vehicle at Geneva next month.
Locally, the ASX has already been dropped from the Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation line up, but could this sharp-looking new model mean a comeback is in the cards?