Mitsubishi has repositioned the price tags of several ASX models, and boosted their spec lists to sweeten the deal. The entry level 2WD ASX now costs $24,990 for a five speed manual or $26,990 if you opt for the automatic CVT gearbox. This represents a $1000 and $1250 saving respectively over the outgoing model.
Those looking for extra traction can choose the all-wheel drive model at $33,490 for the CVT, saving $1000 over the outgoing model. Additions across the range are 17-in alloy wheels, chrome grille, reverse parking sensors and reversing camera with parking referencing lines. The entertainment system has been upgraded too, featuring a 6.1” colour screen and voice controls for Bluetooth.
Mitsubishi has also upgraded the shape of the cushions in the back seat, and updated the suspension aiming to deliver a better ride quality. Tweaks have been made to the cabin in a bid to reduce road noise too. Modest fuel economy improvements are claimed on petrol models. This is attributed to a new manifold catalytic converter and air flow sensor and injector, bringing fuel consumption down by 0.1L/100km in the manual and 0.2L/100km in the CVT.
Buyers looking for a little extra equipment can chose the ASX Aspire, with the 2WD now scoring roof rails and a panoramic roof (previously only standard on AWD Aspire models). Also on the new standard list is the Multi Communication System – which adds a 7” colour screen, 3D navigation mapping and an SD card input.
Mitsubishi spokesperson Caitlin Beale says the MCS is worth about $2000. Previously, the system was part of an option pack worth $2995 that also included a Rockford Fosgate sound system with 9 speakers. Aspire models get four speakers and two tweeters as standard instead. Savings of $1500 apply to the Aspire 4WD model which now costs $33,490. The Aspire 2WD is the only model to receive a price increase of $250, now listed at $31,490.
Those looking to select their own gears to save $2500 on an Aspire will be disappointed to know the slow-selling manual transmission can no longer be had in the 2WD Aspire – an option previously available for $28,990. The recently launched 110kW, 2.2-litre turbodiesel mated to a six speed automatic and all-wheel drive retains its $31,990 price, and the top of the range Aspire diesel remains at $36,490 as well.