WHAT’S NEW

Mercury (Hobart) - - MOTORING -

PRICE Slight in­creases — about $1000-$1250 over cur­rent drive-away prices — but the ASX re­mains good value.

TECH Touch­screen en­larged from seven to eight inches, runs Ap­ple CarPlay/An­droid Auto and DAB. Ex­ceed grade gets pump­ing Rock­ford Fos­gate pre­mium au­dio and TomTom nav­i­ga­tion. Elec­trochro­matic rear view mirror and AEB now stan­dard. Still no dig­i­tal speedo.

PER­FOR­MANCE New 2.4-litre for Ex­ceed and — re­viv­ing a Lancer badge — GSR grades is still not great for ex­cite­ment or thrift.

DRIV­ING “Sporty” grades are more about at­tract­ing male shop­pers than per­for­mance fans. GSR gets pad­dle-shifters to ex­tract more from leisurely CVT. Best to cruise along on comfy sus­pen­sion.

DE­SIGN New LED lights all-round, new bumpers and bon­net, plus Tri­ton-es­que “Dy­namic Shield” front styling. Run­ning lights, in­di­ca­tors and fog lights make a funky com­bi­na­tion. New Sun­shine Orange and Red Di­a­mond colours.

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