Mitsubishi’s popular ASX small SUV has gained two new variants in its 2020 model year refresh, with the MR kicking off at $28,240 driveaway and the GSR from $32,240, and both landing in local showrooms from December.
Differentiating the pair from the rest of the ASX line-up, which starts at $24,990 for the manual ES, are a number of exterior and interior styling changes.
From the outside, blacked out 18-inch wheels can be seen, as well as a darkened front grille and door mirrors, with the GSR also receiving a rear spoiler and roof rails finished in the darker hue.
Inside, both grades gain aluminium pedals, privacy glass, and a leather-bound gear shifter and park brake, while the GSR also nets a six-speaker sound system, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, black headliner and micro-suede interior with contrast red stitching.
Keyless entry and a push-button start also feature on the MR and GSR variants.
As standard, the new ASX line-up is fitted with LED headlights, new square-shaped foglamps and an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen system that incorporates Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, digital radio and the reversing camera output.
Safety wise, the MR features forward collision mitigation (AEB), cruise control, hill-start assist, electrochromatic rearview mirror and automatic wipers, which are all now standard on the 2020 ASX range, as well as reversing sensors.
The GSR meanwhile, also counts lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic headlights and high beams on its spec list.
Powering the MR is a carryover 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 110kW of power at 6000rpm and 197Nm of torque at 4200rpm.
The GSR is propelled by a new 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine – which can also be found in the top-spec $35,740 driveaway Exceed – that outputs 123kW of power at 6000rpm and 222Nm of torque from 4100rpm.
Both engines though send drive to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission, with the MR returning a 7.6 litres per 100km fuel economy rating, while the GSR is slightly thirster at 7.9L/100km.
As previously reported, the 2.4-litre engine made its way into the ASX from the Outlander thanks to its positive reception in the US.
The ASX is currently this year’s best-selling sub-$40,000 small SUV in Australia, amassing 17,688 new registrations to the end of October this year to lead from the Mazda CX-3 (12,671) and Hyundai Kona (11,114).
2020 Mitsubishi ASX pricing driveaway:
|ES – manual||$24,990|
|ES – automatic||$26,740|
|MR – automatic||$28,240|
|LS – automatic||$30,240|
|GSR – automatic||$32,240|
|Exceed – automatic||$35,740|