2023 Mitsubishi ASX: European mannequin launched as a rebadged Renault Captur

After 12 lengthy years there shall be a brand new Mitsubishi ASX, however three-diamond followers shouldn’t pop their champagne corks simply but.

In response to the corporate’s French division, the brand new ASX unveiled in a single day is “designed particularly for the European market”.

It’s unclear what plans Mitsubishi has for the ASX/RVR/Outlander Sport mannequin bought in the remainder of the world. Launched in 2010, the automobile we all know because the ASX has been by way of 4 facelifts up to now.

If the brand new Euro ASX seems to be acquainted, that’s as a result of it’s a really calmly reworked Renault Captur.

Up entrance the important thing change is a brand new grille insert with chevron-like styling parts flanking the Mitsubishi badge.

The headlights are carried over from the Captur and because of their L-shaped driving gentle hooks, Mitsubishi is ready to declare the brand new ASX retains the corporate’s signature Dynamic Defend design.

For the decrease bumpers at each ends Mitsubishi has opted for black plastic as a substitute of Renault’s silver trim. Plug-in hybrid fashions have badges that look to be pilfered straight from the Outlander.

On the again, the reversing digicam is now not hidden by the Renault badge, whereas the Captur letting has been changed by Mitsubishi lettering.

Contained in the modifications appear restricted to revised badges and (most likely) infotainment graphics.

Just like the Captur, the Euro ASX shall be obtainable with both a 7.0-inch panorama or 9.3-inch portrait infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Relying on the trim stage, the instrument cluster options both analog dials with a 4.2- or 7.0-inch show, or a totally digital 10.0-inch instrumentation display screen.

Underneath the bonnet there are not less than 4 drivetrain selections obtainable: a base 1.0-litre three-cylinder, a gentle hybrid 1.3-litre turbo, a 1.6-litre hybrid, and a 1.6-litre plug-in hybrid with a ten.5kWh battery.

The brand new Euro ASX shall be constructed alongside the Captur in Renault’s manufacturing facility in Valladolid, Spain.

At the moment’s ASX isn’t the primary nor will it’s the final Mitsubishi sourced from Renault. Australia bought a style of the motion in 2020 when Mitsubishi launched the Categorical, a badge-engineered Renault Trafic. It wasn’t a hit, and the van was axed earlier this yr.

Europeans can stay up for a brand new Colt subsequent yr, which shall be a thinly disguised model of the Renault Clio hatch.

As a part of the ‘leader-follower’ mannequin unveiled for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance in 2020, the three automakers selected markets and fields of experience the place every one was meant to guide, and the others had been to comply with.

Underneath this plan, Mitsubishi was to focus on creating economies and markets in South-East Asia, corresponding to Australia and Indonesia, the place it has an enormous market presence.

With its core technical experience being plug-in hybrid autos, versus pure EVs, Mitsubishi Motors introduced it will withdraw from the UK and Europe.

The corporate rapidly backtracked, stating it will keep in Europe — however not the UK — and would quickly launch two new fashions constructed by Renault.

The Captur-based ASX marks a reversal of roles for Mitsubishi ASX, which was bought for 5 years by Renault’s French rivals, the PSA Group, because the Citroen C4 Aircross and Peugeot 4008.

These two fashions had been stopgaps because the PSA Group grappled with its monetary issues and labored to flesh out its, then, meagre crossover choices.

These two automobiles shared showroom house with the Peugeot iOn and the Citroen C-Zero, badge-engineered iterations of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electrical hatch.

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