Mitsubishi ASX flagship gets even better
There are those of us who are sceptical about how vehicles with CVT gearboxes can become flagship models at all, but that is because we are too set in our driving ways. The changes made to the top-of-the range Mitsubishi ASX were done after extensive market research to further improve this crossover’s global sales performance.
This was done after extensive market research, Mitsubishi says, to make vehicles more appealing to modern-day crossover SUV drivers. The more modern generation of drivers thus explains the choice of gearbox.
The ASX is a really cool vehicle. In terms of looks, there is a new front grille design with added chrome garnish and a new bumper design with a sporty honeycomb pattern above the lower spoiler.
LED daylight running lights bring it right up to date.
The back also gets a new bumper design with carbon fibre inserts and a diffuser for a sportier look, as well as added chrome garnish and LED rear fog lamps. Another cosmetic change to the stylish GLS CVT derivative is a redesigned centre console with decorative trim in a geometric pattern, featuring two USB ports and a mobile phone tray with removable padded liner.
The design and materials used in the centre console, the dashboard centre panel and power window switch panels have also been upgraded. Mitsubishi also redesigned the CVT shift lever, included a new seat design with red stitching, as well as the soft-touch knee pads on the outside of the centre console to round off the new look on the inside of this stylish derivative.
Striking new 18” diamond-cut alloy wheels and a new silver body colour with enhanced brightness distinguish the GLS CVT from the rest of the ASX range.
“The cosmetic changes and technical enhancements made to our ASX range-topper make our new GLS CVT the ideal family crossover: ready for any trip and destination,” says Nic Campbell, general manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA). “The great news, however, is that Mitsubishi’s new class-leading INVECS-III CVT with a six-step Sports Mode is now fitted to this new model. CVTs are gaining popularity with customers in the crossover market and the ASX is offering drivers one of the best CVTs available.”
Over the past few years, CVTs have become a regular feature in smaller city cars and cross-over SUVs. The CVT keeps the engine in its optimum power range at all times, resulting in improved fuel efficiency, lower exhaust emissions and a smoother and more comfortable ride. It also ensures effortless acceleration from any speed and with seamless gear changes.
The range-topping ASX boasts a soft-feel leather interior, including a leather-covered multifunction steering wheel.
Over and above the already high standard specification level offered by the ASX range, such as seven airbags and a host of other active and passive safety features, the GLS CVT has active stability and traction control (ASTC) and hill start assist (HSA).
The GLS CVT also comes standard with a chromatic rear view mirror, a rear view camera, rear park distance control, heated and fold-away side mirrors with built-in indicator lights, LED daytime running lights and a keyless operating system.
The GLS models are fitted with a full-length panoramic glass roof with ultra-violet (UV) protective coating and one-touch cover and adjustable LED mood-lighting.
“Our new ASX GLS CVT model is Mitsubishi’s flagship lifestyle crossover SUV,” says Campbell. “It offers an increased ride height, extensive active and passive safety features, contemporary styling and luxurious comfort and space, making it the most desirable model in the ASX range. The best news, though, is that we were able to keep the retail price of this derivative at the same level as the previous GLS CVT model.”
The GLS CVT is covered by a three year or 100 000km manufacturer’s warranty and a five year or 90 000km service plan with 15 000km service intervals. Pricing starts at R399 995.