Mitsubishi has unveiled its significantly updated ASX compact SUV at the Geneva Motor Show.
Mind you, it’s not an all-new model but yet another facelift for the SUV that’s also known as RVR in Asia and Outlander Sport in North America.
In all fairness, though, it’s the most comprehensive one so far since its launch in 2009 and brings it in line with some of Mitsubishi’s newest products such as the Eclipse Cross.
The front end sees the bulk of updates, receiving Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” front design concept. It features a prominent grille, new headlights that are very similar to those of the Eclipse Cross, a distinctive LED cluster incorporating the turn signals and fog lamps, as well as a new bumper that integrates a skid plate.
Changes at the rear consist of new LED taillights as well as a new bumper featuring a skid plate for a more rugged look. Other exterior updates include the addition of three new colors: Red Diamond, Sunshine Orange, and Oak Brown.
Inside, the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX sees improvements to the Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA) infotainment system that now features a larger 8-inch touchscreen, TomTom navigation system on top trim level models, as well as an app that will check fuel remaining and provide navigation to the nearest fuel stations, plus guidance on optimum maintenance and inspection intervals.
In Europe, the 2020 ASX will offer a 2.0-liter MIVEC four-cylinder gasoline engine linked to either a five-speed manual transmission or the INVECS 3-III CVT with 6-speed Sports Mode, as well as front- and all-wheel-drive versions. No specs were released but we assume it’s the same engine offered in the Outlander for European markets. In the larger SUV, the naturally aspirated unit delivers 150 PS (148 hp) and 195 Nm (144 lb-ft) of torque.
The same engine is already offered as standard in the U.S. market 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport so it’s safe to say the 2020 model will keep it. Expect the 168hp 2.4-liter unit from the range-topping GT grade to carry on as well.