Mitsubishi Motors Phils. Corp. (MMPC) said the latest ASX, released as 2015 model, is “now loaded with exciting features for an even more fun and pleasurable drive.”
The ASX’s updates are substantive. For starters, it shed weight, now tipping the scales at 1,350 kilograms, or 65 kilos less than before.
There are two variants of the 2015 ASX; the top-spec GSR and the GLS, both of which are fitted with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission. Powering the car is still the 4B11 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC gasoline engine that’s equipped with the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system, or MIVEC. MMPC said MIVEC allows the engine to make 148hp at 6,000 rpm and 197Nm at 4,200rpm. Matched to the engine is a six-speed CVT with Sportronic mode, which MMPC said has been improved for better fuel consumption and acceleration response. Gear shifts can still be done via paddle shifters on the steering column.
Exterior changes to the 2015 ASX GSR include a 160-degree, super-wide-range HID headlamps that send out a broader beam of light, illuminating a much wider section of the road ahead. Also added are fog lamps with LED daytime running lights. The GLS has fog lamps with chrome accents surrounding them. Both variants retain the model’s front mask, which MMPC said still carries the ASX’s “sporty and aggressive identity” by way of a honeycomb grille that “communicates a dynamic and fresher image.” Retractable headlamp washers also make it to the 2015 ASX as new 17-inch alloy wheels round out the updates.
Inside the car, instantly noticeable in the ASX GSR is the new panoramic glass roof, which extends over the front and rear seats and which can be covered by a retractable sun shade. At night, the roof is illuminated by LED lamps.
The ASX has an all-black dashboard, a leather-wrapped steering wheel that has tilt and telescopic adjustments, and which integrates audio and cruise control buttons. Both the ASX GSR and GLS get an engine start/stop button. Other standard features include an LCD multi-information display that shows trip meters, fuel economy and average speed, among others. The ASX GSR has leather seats while the ASX GLS has high-grade fabric seat covers.
Also fitted to the 2015 ASX is an entertainment system that has a 6.5-inch touch-screen LCD monitor. It can play DVDs or music sourced from an iPod or a USB stick. It is also equipped with a dealer-option GPS navigation system.
As a Mitsubishi the 2015 ASX guarantees uncompromised safety. The car has dual SRS airbags for the passengers in front and features Mitsubishi Motors’ proprietary Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution body, which has crumple zones that absorb and dispense crash energy.
MMPC said that besides the new features, another great reason to own the new ASX is that it now comes with a very affordable price tag. The company sells the ASX GSR at P1.248 million and the ASX GLS at P1.148 million, with the cars offered with introductory outright savings of P50,000. That means the ASX GSR is priced at P1.198 million and the ASX GLS at P1.098 million. Both are available in six color options; Sapporo Silver, Sonic Blue, Amazon Red, Virgil Gray, Biscuit White and Carbon Black.