a Renault Captur made in Japan

For this new model, the Mitsubishi ASX, intended for the European market, the Japanese brand contented itself with rebadging the Renault Captur.

It is a line well known to us in France. The new Mitsubishi ASX has one Renault Captur-like design. Should we therefore be talking about copying? Not really. Rather, it is a collaboration intelligently carried out by The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. By taking over the basis of the Renault Captur, the Japanese brand is thus entering a completely new market for it, namely compact SUVs. A way for the manufacturer to relaunch commercially in Europe. And if the design is similar to Renault, Mitsubishi intends to bring its small details to its small SUV.

A familiar exterior and interior design

It will now be necessary to check the logo on the grill to distinguish between 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, i.e. 4.23 m long, 1.80 m wide, 1.57 m high and 2.64 m wheelbase.

Among the various elements, the grid. The latter, trimmed in chrome, records stylistic codes of the Japanese brand. On the other hand, very few differences. Mitsubishi has written the brand name in full across the width of the tailgate. We also find the same 17″ or 18″ rims which already equips the Captur.

Inside, nothing changes. We find the same finishes that will be called Inform, Invite, Intense and Instyle at Mitsubishi. There are fewer choices than for the Captur. Regarding the interior equipment, we always find three levels of instrumentation. With the choice behind the wheel between a 4-inch analog speedometer, a 7-inch digital display or the customizable 10-inch dashboard. The central screen is also the same, in a 7-inch horizontal or 9-inch vertical version.

A fairly well equipped model

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

  • reversing radar
  • rear camera
  • line crossing alarm
  • wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connection
  • LED spotlights
  • sliding rear seat

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

Mitsubishi ASX, available engines

As for the available engines, Mitsubishi takes over the already existing blocks here as well. We thus find for the entry level a 90 hp 1.0 liter turbo petrol engine equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Two engines with micro-hybridization equipped with a 1.3-liter gasoline unit of 140 hp and 160 hp (6-speed manual gearbox for the first and DCT7 automatic gearbox for the second). A hybrid-petrol version of 145 hp will be available, and will be equipped with a BVM box with claws. Mitsubishi finally offers a 160 hp hybrid rechargeable version. The latter will be equipped with a brand new one 10.5 kWh battery, which will also equip the next generation Captur next year. The announced autonomy of the all-electric PHEV version is 49 kilometers.

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What are the prices?

We do not yet know the prices of this new Mitsubishi ASX. But the manufacturer explains that the prices will be in line with Renault Capturs. 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 though the Captur will evolve 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 throughout the European market. The first deliveries will take place in March 2023.

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