Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) unveiled last October 2 the 2015 iterations of their crossover Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), the ASX and their flagship model the Pajero during a simple press presentation at the Capitol Commons in Pasig City.
The 2015 ASX or Active Sport Crossover comes packed with more exciting features for an even more fun and pleasurable driving experience. This compact crossover, which delivers superior performance, offers a class-leading and refined interior and exterior. The new ASX measures 4.295 meters in length, 1.770 meters in width and 1.625 meters in height. Fuel economy is sure to improve with the new model after it shed some 15,000 grams in curb weight compared to the first generation’s 1,365 kg mass.
The 2015 ASX will only come in two variants, namely the top of the line GSR and GLS, both 2WD and fitted with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
Engine and Transmission
The 2015 ASX is powered by the 4B11 2.0-liter 16-Valve DOHC MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system) gasoline engine. The power plant is capable of producing 150 Ps at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque at 197 N-m at 4,200 rpm. Mated to the 4B11 engine is the CVT with 6-speed Sportronic mode which got some improvement to deliver better fuel consumption and acceleration response. The CVT provides an efficient, quiet transmission that eliminates the harshness and power lag of traditional gear changes. For an added thrill and fun factor, a racing inspired paddle-shift system is mounted on to the steering column.
New Panoramic Glass Roof
With the new ASX, you get more features that will definitely exceed your expectations. To add a new and exciting dimension, the GSR gets a new panoramic glass roof with LED illumination. Retracting the sunshade reveals a full glass roof panel extending over the front and rear seats. At night, the roof is attractively illuminated with LED lamps.
Attractive and sporty, the design of the ASX complements its compact body. The front fascia still carries the sporty and aggressive image with the honeycomb grille giving off that dynamic and fresher image. The top of the line GSR has a 160-degree super wide range HID headlamps that sends out a broader beam of light, illuminating a much wider section of the road
New features for the ASX exterior includes the LED daytime running lamps, fog lamps and new-design 17” alloy wheels. Both variants are also equipped with a retractable headlamp washer.
The 2015 is available in six colors: silver; blue, red, gray, white and black.
Interior and Utility
Inside the ASX is an ergonomically designed all-black dashboard perfecting a sporty and vibrant look. The steering wheel has tilt and telescopic adjustments to fit the driver’s preference. The 3-Spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel also has an integrated audio remote and cruise control switches. Both variants are now equipped with engine ‘Start/Stop button.’ Standard features of the ASX also includes the LCD type multi-information display monitor that can show trip meters, fuel economy and average speed among others. To provide a neat yet sophisticated stance, the GSR variant gets genuine leather seat covers while the GLS variant has high grade fabric seat covers. The entertainment system has a 6.5-inch touch screen LCD monitor that can play DVDs or music from an iPod or a USB stick. As a dealer option, a GPS navigation system is also available.
Aside from the new exciting features another great reason to own the new ASX is that it now comes with a very affordable price tag. As MMPC have fixed the suggested retail prices at P1,248,000 for the GSR and P1,148 for the GLS variant, 2015 ASX customers will be treated with introductory outright savings of P50,000 or P1,198,000 for the GSR and P1,098,000 only for the GLS.
Not to be upstaged, the 2015 Mitsubishi Pajero became the highlight of the presentation as it proves to continuously perfect the right balance between capability and opulence. The new Mitsubishi Pajero is now available in two variants–3.8 Liter MIVEC Gasoline and 3.2 Liter Di-Diesel.
The 2015 Pajero continues to offer its full suite of rally-proven technologies such as the all wheel control with?its Super Select 4WD (SS4-II) system and the unique Mitsubishi Active Stability and Traction Control (M-ASTC).
The SS4-II system features torque distribution for more superior handling in a broad range of surfaces,?from paved roads to basic dirt or slippery roads while the shift-on-the-fly system lets the driver shift from 4×2 to full time 4-wheel drive instantly and react immediately to changes in road conditions without having to stop. It also features a center differential lock for optimum traction on the roughest terrains.
The M-ASTC meanwhile utilizes a comprehensive network of intelligent sensors to monitor each wheel, engine speed, steering, and acceleration, and precisely manages engine output, power distribution, and braking force to deliver complete vehicle control and traction regardless of driving conditions.
The Pajero can handle any terrain better with its monocoque body design and 4-wheel independent suspension that offers increased wheel travel and keeping more tire surface against the ground for greater stability.
Engine and Transmission
This full suite of rally-proven technology allows the driver to benefit from the full potential of the Pajero’s 3.8-Liter MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system) petrol, and 3.2-Liter Turbocharged and Intercooled Common Rail Direct Injection Diesel (Di-D) power plant options.
The 3.8-Liter V6, 24-valve SOHC MIVEC engine puts out an incredible 250 PS at 6,000 RPM and a pulling power of 329 N-m at 2,750 RPM. On the other hand, the In-line 4 3.2-Liter, 16-valve DOHC Turbocharged and Intercooled Common Rail Di-D engine provides superior pulling power of 373 N-m at 2,000 RPM and a maximum output of 165 PS at 3,500 RPM. Both engines are complemented by Mitsubishi’s quiet and seamless INVECS-II 5-speed automatic transmission with Sportronic mode giving the Pajero excellent acceleration and confident cruising performance.
The 2015 Pajero has a new bumper-integrated chrome-plated radiator front grille and new front bumper design with silver accent garnish that exudes a more aggressive yet refined look. The new front fascia also features new HID headlamps with Automatic High Beam Control function and new LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) and fog lamps. With the Automatic High Beam Control function, the Pajero’s headlamps automatically shift from high to low beam as a courtesy to oncoming vehicles.
A new sunroof with power tilt and slide functions also gives the Pajero a style of its own, while being able to offer illumination and natural ventilation.
The Pajero also stands on a set of new 18-inch alloy wheels, rounding off its more distinguished presence, while its new tailgate complemented with a newly designed spare tire carrier completes the 2015 Pajero’s exciting exterior.
The Pajero features a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat, and options of black or beige plush genuine leather seats. It also features a 4-spoke leather steering wheel that houses both audio and cruise controls for the convenience of the driver.
Up front the center console is a multi-information display that aids the driver to important information such as the average fuel consumption, average speed, barometer, compass, fuel drive range, outside temperature, and the date and time.
Just below the multi-information display is the Pajero’s multimedia entertainment