What do you get for the price?
As well as the existing ES, LS and Exceed, Mitsubishi has introduced two new sports-themed model grades – the MR (an old badge Mitsubishi used on earlier Lancers), and the GSR. The 2.0-litre petrol engine carries over for the ES, LS and new MR, but the GSR and Exceed use a new-to-the-range 2.4-litre petrol engine.
The MR and GSR add black styling flourishes such as black alloy wheels, door mirrors and grille as well as sporty-looking touches inside like red stitching on the steering wheel.
The ASX is now being offered with permanent driveaway pricing starting from $24,990 for the ES manual and climbing to $35,740 for the Exceed. It’s offered with fixed-price servicing for the first three years and the intervals are every 15,000 kilometres. (More: Australia's best cars for 2019 revealed)
Design-wise the ASX gains Mitsubishi’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ front-end styling found on almost all of its models. Standard from the base ES is 18-inch alloy wheels, LED head and tail-lights, a rear spoiler, new 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, digital radio, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Each higher-grade model gains more standard gear than the ES.
How safe is it?
The ASX still has a five-star ANCAP rating that it received in 2010. It now comes with autonomous emergency braking standard across the range. It was previously only available in a safety options pack in lower-grade variants. The ASX also has seven airbags, cruise control and a reversing camera. A $2500 ADAS pack on the ES adds a blind-spot monitor, rear parking sensors, lane-departure warning, lane-changing aid, rear cross-traffic alert and more. These features are standard from LS up.