Mitsubishi ASX launched – 2.0L, CVT, CBU, RM139,980 – We drive it in Japan and Langkawi!

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launched #8211; CVT, CBU, RM139,980 We drive it in Japan and Langkawi!

The ASX is here. This is the third and part of the new model onslaught the Pajero and Lancer Sportback ) by Motors Malaysia, which must be the busiest car company in the half of 2010. The ASX, was introduced in Japan as the RVR earlier year, is billed as a compact that aims to combine the points of an SUV and a sedan.

At under 4.3 long, the ASX is noticeably smaller in than the CR-V and X-Trail, but its mm wheelbase actually betters the and Nissan. The platform sitting this 2WD crossover is adapted bigger brother Outlander. with the compact and agile turning radius is a class 5.3 metres.

The suspension consists of struts up front and multi at the back, while the steering is an system.

The ASX is powered by the 4B11 2.0-litre as found in the Lancer. This 16-valve MIVEC unit 150 PS and 197 Nm of torque, which is slightly than the C-segment sedan#8217;s 155 Nm, but it#8217;s tuned to suit application. Doing transmission is an INVECS-III CVT with 6-speed Mode, controllable via nice and magnesium shift paddles.

The kit includes Active Stability (ASC), Hill Start dual front airbags a driver#8217;s knee airbag, seats, cruise control, air con and a 2-DIN touch screen ICE The latter incorporates a reverse Fully imported CBU from the ASX retails at RM139,980 OTR inclusive of

We#8217;ve driven the ASX already once in Japan and once in Langkawi #8211; so look the jump for our impressions and verdict!

a raised Lancer? That was I expected before driving the but after two rounds of testing compact crossover at the company#8217;s proving ground in Hokkaido and closer to home in Langkawi, the ASX to be much more than Certain aspects that we like about the Lancer disappeared altogether!

Let#8217;s start from the It won#8217;t take long to the more premium feel and quality over the Lancer. of making the entire dash out of soft plastic, Mitsubishi a piece of slush material on the of the dash where your can reach.

The front door are also of the same material, the rear ones don#8217;t get treatment. The area where you your elbows are also and leather covered.

Leather is found covering the seats, wheel and gear knob. all in black, and the centre stack is in black as well. There#8217;s silver and chrome accents to the monotony.

As usual for Mitsubishi, the central to the driver is nicely #8211; the instruments are sporty and at the same time, the high-res colour LCD trip computer is cool and the three-spoke wheel as good as it looks. Making a appearance are those long shift paddles that a substantial action.

The centrepiece of the dash is the Kenwood screen entertainment system. 2-DIN unit also up as a display for the reverse camera. All the combine for a pleasant interior streets ahead of the Lancer in and fit #8211; no unsightly gaps

A good driving position is to find, the steering is adjustable for and the driver#8217;s seat has a big height

We#8217;re no big fans of the 4B11/CVT in the Lancer, which tiring is very uninspiring. And while the ASX the same engine and gearbox, the seem to much better from the cabin. It feels from the get go, and there#8217;s less of the CVT response when you floor the

Besides feeling more in D, the gearbox#8217;s manual mode in handy in fast driving you need immediate response. and acceleration is entirely adequate, and weren#8217;t any situation where it was to be lacking.

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I was pleasantly surprised by the and looked up the specs. More was in store. The ASX#8217;s low kerb of 1,375 kg is actually 10 kg less the Lancer GT#8217;s, while the lethargic feeling Honda weighs 1,540 kg.

That it all.

The ASX#8217;s compact suggests an agile crossover, and it in the drive. The well weighted is precise and has reasonable feel, the other controls feel Wearing 16-inch wheels high profile 65 series the ASX rides very well bad roads, soaking up most of Langkawi tarmac threw at it ease.

There#8217;s some body in corners, but it#8217;s not of the off-putting and doesn#8217;t distract from the of driving.

It#8217;s no sports car of but the ASX isn#8217;t too uncomfortable under driving, and you won#8217;t feel pushing it too. The addition of ASC in to ABS and EBD is commendable, as is the driver#8217;s knee

Boot space isn#8217;t but decent considering there#8217;s a sized spare inside the and the load height is quite It would be great if the Lancer handy seat folding were included here as Although the ASX#8217;s wheelbase is 50 mm than the CR-V#8217;s, it#8217;s not in rear legroom, which is apparent in the Honda, proving bare figures don#8217;t the full story.

Headroom generous, but adequate, and the ASX feels compact inside than in a or Nissan X-Trail. Feels than the Peugeot 3008,

There#8217;s nothing groundbreaking the Mitsubishi ASX, but it#8217;s a likable car decent to drive. Personally, I its compact size, but reckon there will be as many idea of an SUV/crossover is of a bulkier with more presence.

If you, the ASX won#8217;t be in contention, but if sold, the ASX#8217;s attractive sub price tag plus two years maintenance package will to seal the deal.

The ASX will be at Midvalley#8217;s Centre Court 10-14 November. There are 13 interior and exterior accessories Japan brought in by MMM for the ASX retailing at per package. The fully kitted car be on show in Midvalley as well.

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