The Mitsubishi ASX has been more than a decade into the current generation and the brand tries to keep it relevant with multiple facelifts. The model received a significant update recently which tries to hide its age behind the fresh face and new equipment until the full redesign. Mitsubishi said recently that the all-new version underway but it is at least 18 months far from the debut. In the meantime, the next 2021 Mitsubishi ASX will continue to live on the recent round of upgrades.
The ASX received the fresh front end treatment and a new engine for the recent update. The new round of upgrades brought also the upgraded intonement system and new equipment groups. The next version should keep all things in the same place while there will be some meddling in the equipment availability. Mitsubishi will also offer new color and wheel patterns.
2021 Mitsubishi ASX: Design
Thanks to the recent major facelift, the Mitsubishi ASX looks newer than it actually is but things become clearer when one sits behind the steering wheel. The model wears the brand’s newest front-end styling applied also on the Triton pickup truck. The brand’s signature “Dynamic Shield” front side styling is mixed with two-tier headlights which became popular in the industry.
While the front is in accordance with the brand’s new styling language the model’s profile and rear are familiar form from the previous updates.
The 2021 Mitsubishi ASX will keep the current version’s styling theme while there should be new wheel and color options to choose from.
While the recent update brought significant styling changes there were much fewer upgrades inside the model’s cabin. The model kept the same in-cab design, controls and instruments while added the modernized 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The 2021 Mitsubishi ASX will continue to live on the recent update and there won’t new upgrades inside the model’s cabin.
The Mitsubishi ASX comes with comfortable front seats and has logically arranged controls. Every version gets a modern infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and Apple Car Play and Android Auto support. The ASX gets also at least four speakers including also digital radio, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. The base ASX comes also with 18-inch alloy wheels and LED lights. At the safety level, there is automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection. Upper grades include additional active safety equipment such as lane departure warning, lane change assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and reversing sensors.
The mid-range trims add also keyless entry and ignition, specific trim accents, privacy glass, upgraded upholstery and more.
The range-topping ASX gets a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, navigation, premium Rockford Fosgate sound system and more.
2021 Mitsubishi ASX: Powertrain
The 2021 Mitsubishi ASX should return with the same petrol engines as the reports claim. The last update brought the new 2.4-liter engine while lower-spec models continue to operate a 2.0-liter unit.
A base 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol makes 110 kW (147 hp) and torque of 197 Nm. This unit should again be available with the 5-speed manual gearbox or continuously variable transmission. Buyers can upgrade to a more powerful and relevant 2.4-liter four-cylinder petrol engine good for 123 kW (164 hp) and torque of 222 Nm. The model can be had with the two- and all-wheel drive.
Behind the wheel, the ASX is confident and comfortable but not as much as newer and more sophisticated rivals. The model has accurate steering and delivers an average fuel economy. Several rivals offer a more efficient and powerful turbocharged engine option.
2021 Mitsubishi ASX: Release, Price
Mitsubishi hasn’t yet revealed the release date and price of the next 2021 Mitsubishi ASX. The model should follow the brand’s usual on-sale schedule and come late in the year. The price should stay close to the current range. The current version is available in Australia from $24, 990. The price range should start at about £21,000 in the UK.
The small SUV segment exploded in the previous decade and the Mitsubishi ASX is faced with numerous newer and more sophisticated rivals. Buyers looking for small and maneuverable SUV should also consider the Hyundai Kona, Kia Seltos, Honda HR-V, Renault Kadjar, Nissan Qashqai, etc.