Mitsubishi's new crossover entry, the ASX, is aimed at the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot's 3008. It will be offered in one trim level and a choice of two engines: a new 150hp 1.8-litre DiD turbodiesel and a 117hp 1.6-litre MIVEC petrol unit. Mitsubishi's is marketing the ASX as a frugal option, with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and start-stop on the diesel engine.
Emissions are 138- and 150g/km for the petrol and diesel respectively and both return fuel economy of about 5.8 l/100km. An all-wheel-drive version, along with a CVT automatic transmission, can be expected in the future.
On the practical side, the ASX includes adjustable rear backrests, a 60:40 split rear seat, 30-litre under floor tray and a 419-litre boot capacity.
A five-star Euro NCAP safety rating was achieved partly thanks to Mitsubishi's RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) system, a brake pedal push-prevention system and whiplash reducing seating. Seven airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and traction control complete the suite of safety features.
Commenting on the new ASX, Robert Guy of Mitsubishi Motors Ireland said: "The ASX is entering the fastest growing segment in Ireland and is a vehicle that blends the best of two our most iconic vehicles - the driving characteristics of the Lancer and the commanding driving position of the Outlander."
The 1.6-litre petrol ASX is priced at €23,675 with annual road tax of €156 while the 1.8-litre diesel is priced at €25,550 with annual road tax of €302.
The Mitsubishi ASX goes on sale in Ireland tomorrow, Wednesday 8 September 2010.