a Renault Captur made in Japan

For this new model, the Mitsubishi ASX, destined for the European market, the Japanese brand was content to rename the Renault Captur.

It is a line well known to us in France. The new Mitsubishi ASX features a Design similar to Renault Captur. Should we therefore speak of copying? Not really. On the contrary, it is a collaboration intelligently carried out by Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. By taking over the base of the Renault Captur, the Japanese brand thus enters a completely new market for it, that of compact SUVs. A way for the manufacturer to relaunch itself commercially, in Europe. And if the design is anything like Renault’s, Mitsubishi intends to bring its little touches to its small SUV.

A well-known exterior and interior design

Now it will be necessary to check the logo affixed to the grille to differentiate the Renault Captur and Mitsubishi ASX. The new Japanese SUV resumes almost the same codes as its cousin Renault. We thus find the same CMF-B platform developed by Renault-Nissan. The dimensions therefore remain the same, ie 4.23 m long, 1.80 m wide, 1.57 m high and 2.64 m wheelbase.

Among the different elements, the grid. The latter, trimmed in chrome, resumes the Japanese brand stylistic codes. On the back, on the other hand, very few differences. Mitsubishi has written the brand name in full across the entire width of the tailgate. We also found the same 17″ or 18″ wheels that already equip the Captur.

Inside, nothing changes. We find the same finishes that will be called Inform, Invite, Intense and Instyle at Mitsubishi. That’s less options than for Captur. As far as interior equipment is concerned, we always find three instrumentation levels. With the option, behind the wheel, of a 4-inch analogue speedometer, a 7-inch digital display or the customizable 10-inch instrument cluster. The central screen is also the same, in a 7-inch horizontal or 9-inch vertical version.

A very well equipped model

Regarding the equipment available, customers will have a choice. And the entry level will also be well equipped with the following accessories:

  • reverse radar
  • reverse camera
  • line crossing alert
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless connectivity
  • LED spotlights
  • sliding rear seat

Mitsubishi also indicates the presence of the Multi-Sense System which will allow the driver to select the driving mode that best suits their preferences. The car will also feature the Mi-Pilot system, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Centering Assist (LCA).

Mitsubishi ASX, engines available

Regarding the available engines, here too Mitsubishi takes over the existing blocks. Thus, we find for the entry level a 1.0 turbo petrol engine with 90 hp equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. Two micro-hybrid engines equipped with a 1.3-litre petrol unit with 140 hp and 160 hp (6-speed manual gearbox for the first and DCT7 automatic gearbox for the second). A 145hp petrol-hybrid version will be available and will be equipped with a BVM clamshell box. Mitsubishi finally offers a 160hp rechargeable hybrid version. The latter will be equipped with a new 10.5 kWh battery, which will also power the next generation Captur next year. The announced range of the all-electric PHEV version is 49 kilometers.

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What are the prices?

We still don’t know the prices of this new Mitsubishi ASX. But the manufacturer explains that the prices will be in line with those of the Renault Captur. Captur is currently available from €24,750 and the 160 hp PHEV version rises to €34,000. Tariffs should therefore be based on this. Even if Captur evolves next year with several new features.

With this ASX, Mitsubishi marks its return to Europe. The model will be produced at the Spanish factories in Valladolid. The brand intends to sell 30,000 copies per year across the European market. The first deliveries will take place in March 2023.

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