MIT­SUBISHI ASX Facelifted com­pact SUV gets ex­tra tech

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ITS LOOKS HAVE BEEN TWEAKED, IT GETS TECH­NOL­OGY up­grades, but the 2018 model year ASX cross­over SUV costs the same as the 2017 ver­sion.

Styling-wise, there’s a new front bumper and chrome trim, front and rear LED day­time-run­ning lights, a glossy black cen­tre panel, hon­ey­comb grille and a sil­ver tail­gate gar­nish.

In the cabin, seats get high-grade cloth up­hol­stery and leather­ef­fect sports trim that is echoed on a new floor con­sole.

The ex­te­rior sil­ver de­tail­ing is picked up on the door-mounted win­dow switch panel, and a new cen­tre panel houses two USB ports and the Ac­tive Sta­bil­ity Con­trol. On VRX mod­els, the seat heater switch is there too.

All mod­els have new gearshift po­si­tion­ing and gain a low gear (L) for climb­ing steep hills; it also pro­vides strong engine brak­ing at low speeds.

Smart­phone Link Dis­play Au­dio (SDA) is stan­dard on all ASX mod­els, and the ASX is com­pat­i­ble with iphone (IOS 8.0+) or An­droid (5.0+) de­vices to make and re­ceive calls, man­age text mes­sages through voice con­trol, nav­i­gate the route, and play mu­sic.

Mit­subishi NZ’S sales and mar­ket­ing boss, Daniel Cook, says SDA tech­nol­ogy gives driv­ers ac­cess to their smart­phones’ func­tion­al­ity while “keep­ing both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.”

Mit­subishi has also beefed up the ASX’S sound in­su­la­tion to re­duce road noise.

On the safety front, range-top­ping VRX mod­els get For­ward Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion, Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing and Auto High Beam.

For­ward Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion uses laser radar and cam­era tech­nol­ogy to de­ter­mine whether a frontal col­li­sion with a ve­hi­cle or pedes­trian is im­mi­nent.

If so, it warns the driver with au­di­ble and vis­ual sig­nals and ap­plies mod­er­ate to emer­gency brak­ing to pre­vent a col­li­sion or re­duce its sever­ity.

Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing alerts driv­ers if they drift off-course, and Auto High Beam de­tects there are no ve­hi­cles ahead or ap­proach­ing it turns on full beam to im­prove vis­i­bil­ity.

ASX prices start at $29,990 plus on-road costs, and have a 10-year/160,000km pow­er­train war­ranty, five-year/130,000km new ve­hi­cle war­ranty and five-year/130,000km road­side as­sist.

Up­graded Mit­subishi ASX cross­over has been re­freshed for 2018 model year.

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