Mitsubishi’s new corporate face shows up on the 2019 ASX

This is bound to be polarizing
by Stephen Dobie | Feb 12, 2019
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The Mitsubishi ASX’s latest facelift serves to extend the life of a car that’s been around in the UK for 10 years already (in the PH market it’s been around since 2010). A decade might not sound much, but car years are even longer than dog years. So the ASX is basically 130 years old.

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Looking good for it, though, no? Its 2019 update has seen it gain the face of the latest Mitsubishi Strada—quite an attractive face, we’d argue—as well as some rufty-tufty looking skid plates and a bunch of new colors. Typical facelift fare, but it does look reasonably different to before.

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Inside it’s all pretty predictable—more connectivity, basically. So the media screen gains an inch (it’s now eight inches), and you can have a satnav system with live traffic info. More intriguingly, you can play videos from a USB stick when the vehicle is stopped. Perhaps more helpful is a smartphone app that lets you monitor fuel levels and servicing intervals and suchlike.

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You want engines? It has some. Well, one. It’s a 2.0-liter gasoline with the option of five-speed manual or CVT. We suspect neither will help it go toe to toe with genuinely good-to-drive rivals like the Mazda CX-3 and the Hyundai Kona, but we live in hope. After 10 years (and counting), the ASX is clearly doing something right...

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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