a Renault Captur made in Japan

For this new model, the Mitsubishi ASX, intended for the European market, the Japanese brand is content to rebadge the Renault Captur.

This is a line we know in France. The new Mitsubishi ASX features a Renault Captur-like design. So should we talk about copying? Absolutely not. Instead, it’s a collaboration that’s smartly done by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. By taking the basis of the Renault Captur, the Japanese brand thus entered a completely new market for it, that of compact SUVs. A way for the manufacturer to re-launch the commercial, in Europe. And if the design is similar to Renault, Mitsubishi intends to bring small touches to the small SUV.

A well-known exterior and interior design

It is now necessary to check the logo mounted on the grille to distinguish the Renault Captur and the Mitsubishi ASX. The new Japanese SUV continues almost identical codes to its cousin Renault. Thus we find the same CMF-B platform produced by Renault-Nissan. So the dimensions remain the same, ie 4.23 m in length, 1.80 m in width, 1.57 m in height and 2.64 m in wheelbase.

Among the various elements, the grille. The latter, trimmed in chrome, takes the stylistic code of the Japanese brand. On the back side, on the other hand, there are very few differences. Mitsubishi has written the brand name across the entire width of the tailgate. We also find the same 17″ or 18″ rims which is already equipped with Captur.

Inside, there is no change. We find the same finish to be called Inform, Invite, Intense and Instyle at Mitsubishi. Those are fewer options than the Captur. As for the internal equipment, we can always find it three instrument levels. With the choice, behind the steering wheel, of a 4-inch analogue speedometer, a 7-inch digital screen or the customizable 10-inch dashboard. The central screen is also the same, in a 7-inch horizontal or 9-inch vertical version.

A fairly equipped model

Regarding the equipment available, customers have a choice. And the entry level will also be equipped with the following accessories:

  • repeating radar
  • reversing camera
  • alert for crossing the line
  • wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • LED lights
  • sliding into the back seat

Mitsubishi also showed the presence of Multi-Sense system which allows the driver to choose the drive mode that best suits their preferences. The car will also feature the Mi-Pilot system which includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Centering Assist (LCA).

Mitsubishi ASX, available engine

As for the engines available, here too, Mitsubishi took the existing blocks. Thus we see the entry level a 90 hp 1.0 liter turbo petrol engine equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. Two engines with micro-hybridization with a 1.3 liter gasoline unit of 140 hp and 160 hp (6-speed manual gearbox for the first and DCT7 automatic gearbox for the second). A hybrid-gasoline version of 145 hp will be available, and equipped with a BVM box with claws. Mitsubishi finally offers a hybrid-rechargeable version of 160 hp. The latter will be equipped with a new one 10.5 kWh battery, which will also equip the next-generation Captur next year. The announced autonomy of the all-electric PHEV version is 49 kilometers.

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What are the prices?

We don’t know the prices of this new Mitsubishi ASX yet. But the manufacturer has clarified that the prices will be aligned with the Renault Captur. The Captur is currently available from €24,750 and the 160 hp PHEV version goes up to €34,000. So tariffs should be based on this. Although the Captur will improve next year with many new features.

With this ASX, Mitsubishi marks its return to Europe. The model will be manufactured in the Spanish factories in Valladolid. The brand intends to sell 30,000 copies per year across the European market. The first deliveries will take place in March 2023.

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