2nd Generation Mitsubishi ASX
Renault Captur rebadging
Petrol, hybrid and plug-in hybrid
Marketing in March 2023
The Mitsubishi network is in dire need of vehicles to sell. The range of the Japanese factory in France, a member of the Renault/Nissan/Mitsubishi alliance, is actually reduced to a minimum now. Space Star, Eclipse Cross, L200, no model produces large volumes.
To solve the situation, solutions are needed. And someone found it all. Use models that already exist within the alliance, and rebadge them. It has the advantage of being able to present new models quickly and at a lower cost.
And Mitsubishi in 2023 will dig the root. In the fall, the three diamond brand will present the new Colt, which is just a rebadged Renault Clio, but before that, the second generation of the ASX is presented. It is right in front of you.
And we tell you straight, we did not expect that when the veil was removed from this “new”.
We really hope for a revised model, and why is not corrected in depth by the company in Tokyo. But we have it at our expense. Hide the logo on the grille, and you have a Renault Captur. Point bar. The ASX will also come out like him from the Spanish factory in Valladolid.
So let’s play the game in 7 variations, if possible… Because small changes are rare and have to do with detail.
The front face has the Mitsubishi logo for any change instead of a diamond, in the middle of a grille mask that adds small chrome fins on either side of the logo. The brand talks about “Mitsubishi’s iconic “Dynamic shield” front face”, which is … clearly abusive.
In profile, the rim centers are different, and the doors feature, in the presented hybrid model, the “EV” badge found on the Eclipse Cross for example.
Finally, at the back, the Renault logo has disappeared and the “Captur” lettering has been replaced by “Mitsubishi”.
And that’s it for bodywork. See, we didn’t get to 7 differences. And this, we repeat, is quite disappointing. We appreciate the extra differentiation, so that this new ASX offers its own identity, and is closer to Mitsubishi.
It should be noted that by taking the size of Renault, within 1 mm, the ASX, which is a bit between two categories (urban and compact SUV) with its 4.37 m, now becomes one a true urban SUV. , 4.23 m tall.
In the cabin, not the slightest difference
Inside, it’s “worse” than outside. Only the coat of arms in the center of the steering wheel has changed, as well as the images of the car in the multimedia system. The rest is 100% pure diamond juice. But is that a failure?
It’s not necessary. When it was released, the Renault cabin was actually (very) well received. Suddenly we find a cabin that is certainly not stylishly exciting, but very well built, with quality materials, which automatically pushes the ASX to the top of the category basket at this level.
The rear seat is correct in terms of legroom and headroom, and the sliding bench seat is carefully removed. This makes it possible to modulate the volume of the boot, which goes from 332 liters with the rear seat to 401 liters with the front seat at the maximum. This is less than the old ASX, which offered 419 litres. Losing 14 cm of height has consequences.
The equipment is also modeled by the “donor”, and worldwide represents the best in the category. Thus we find, as standard or an option (the ranges are not yet fully defined): keyless entry and start, 10.3-inch digital instrumentation (only at the top of the range, if it is not 4, 2 or 7 inches), lane departure warning, blind spot vehicle warning, distance warning from the vehicle in front, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, MI-PILOT (level 2 autonomous driving that combines adaptive cruise control and lane centering assistance), Bose sound system, wireless replication of Android Auto or Apple Car play phone, “Multi-sense” driving mode selector (Eco, Pure (for rechargeable hybrid), Sport or My sense), but also the steering wheel and the heated seats , the 3D navigation, or the mood light in 8 colors to choose from.
A wide selection of engines, 100% thermal, hybrid or PHEV
Technically, what a surprise, we can see all the engines of the Captur. So no diesel, but a 100 hp 3-cylinder petrol engine (160 Nm, 132 to 136 g of CO2/km) and a 140 hp 1.3 micro-hybrid 4-cylinder (manual gearbox, 260 Nm, 130 to 134 g of CO2 /km) or 160 hp (automatic gearbox, 270 Nm, 131 to 137 g of CO2/km). We continue with the more intense electrified blocks, with a 4-cylinder 1.6 thermal assisted by two electric motors, one of which serves as a generator. The simple hybrid version develops 145 hp (multimode dog gearbox, 1.3 kWh hybrid battery, from 107 to 113 g of CO2/km) and the plug-in hybrid version 160 hp (10.5 kWh hybrid battery which allows a 100% electric range of 47 to 49 km in the WLTP combined cycle and 62 to 63 km in the urban cycle, for emissions of 30 to 31 grams of CO2/km).
With such a choice, however, the ASX 2 covers most market needs, and the selection is wide enough to suit everyone.
The tests of this new entrant in the category of urban SUVs are scheduled for the beginning of the year 2023. They should not reserve any great dynamic surprises, knowing that nothing has been checked at the level of the Renault platform.
It also remains to be known the prices of the new “Franco-Japanese”. Hoping that they will be a little more interesting than the Captur, or other competitors such as the Peugeot 2008, the Volkswagen T-Roc or the Toyota Yaris Cross, otherwise the ASX will definitely be condemned to remain in the shadows. Can this be used to keep customers of the previous generation of ASX within the brand. But if it is cheaper, and also helped by a 5 year / 100,000 km warranty (unlimited mileage for the first 2 years), it can come and get some customers in the segment. Those for whom the logo on the grille doesn’t matter, in short.
The sale will take place in March 2023.