New Mitsubishi ASX gains updated looks and loses diesel engine

Mitsubishi’s facelifted ASX compact SUV has received its global unveiling at the Geneva motor show, following an initial reveal last month.

The Mazda CX-3 rival features an overhauled front-end design to bring it into line with the Eclipse Cross SUV, described as the latest evolution of the firm’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ front fascia.

LED lighting also features front and rear, with milder styling changes at the back including a new skid plate design. Three new colours are also added.

A view of the new ASX’s interior is yet to be released, but Mitsubishi’s main selling point is a redesigned infotainment system. Not only does it feature a larger screen but it also receives TomTom sat-nav with real-time traffic information, and it will eventually come with an app system that conveys information about the car to your smartphone. New safety features include forward collision braking, blind spot assist and rear cross-traffic alert.

The biggest mechanical change is the complete rethink of the ASX’s engine range. The old 2.2-litre diesel unit has been dropped, and for European markets the sole engine choice is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder non-turbo petrol engine. It’s mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT transmission with a ‘sports mode’ that mimics six physical gears.

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