Adotta le forme del nuovo corso stilistico intrapreso da Mitsubishi, ma si aggiorna anche sotto l'aspetto tecnologico

A seconda dei vari mercati, il crossover compatto di Mitsubishi si chiama ASX, RVR o Outlander Sport ed è in circolazione dal 2010, con facelift più o meno corposi succedutisi nel corso degli anni. Ora però è arrivato il momento di un ben più corposo aggiornamento, sia estetico - in linea con la sorella Eclipse Cross - e tecnico. Tante novità che debutteranno al prossimo Salone di Ginevra.

Innovazione fuori e sotto la pelle

Si parte con le luci LED anteriori e posteriori, passando per nuove tinte per la carrozzeria, denominate Red Diamond, Sunshine Orange e Oak Brown. Si aggiungono poi un nuovo paraurti posteriore con inserti cromati che rendono la nuova Mitsubishi ASX un po' più sportiva.

2020 Mitsubishi ASX

In abitacolo si nota subito il nuovo touch screen per l'infotainment, con diagonale che passa dagli attuali 7 a 8". Per la versione top di gamma, si può avere un il navigatore satellitare con mappe firmate Tom Tom e informazioni sul traffico in tempo reale. In arrivo anche una app che permetterà di visualizzare su smartphone strumenti tachimetro, contagiri e altre informazioni.

Il debutto arriva per l'Europa

In Europa, il restyling della Mitsubishi ASX sarà dotato di un motore a benzina aspirato di 2 litri, accoppiato al cambio manuale a 5 marce, mentre l'automatico CVT a 6 rapporti sarà offerto come optional. Le caratteristiche del motore non sono ancora state ufficializzate, ma dovrebbe contare su 148 CV di potenza e coppia di 195 Nm. Nessuna notizia di motorizzazioni diesel, segno che il 1.6 potrebbe scomparire definitivamente, per lasciare spazio a una motorizzazione ibrida. Rimarrà invece la possibilità di scegliere tra versioni a 2 o 4 ruote motrici.

Non si parla nemmeno di assistenti alla guida, ma è praticamente certa la presenza di sistemi come cruise control adattivo, frenata d'emergenza e mantenitore di corsia. Ogni dubbio comunque verrà sciolto il prossimo 4 marzo, con la prima giornata stampa del Salone di Ginevra.

Fotogallery: Mitsubishi ASX restyling

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Mitsubishi Motors to globally unveil 2020 ASXcompact SUV at Geneva International Motor Show

Tokyo, February 12, 2019 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will globally unveil the 2020 model year ASXcompact SUV (RVR or Outlander Sport in some markets) at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show*1 to be held March 5th-17th.
 
Since its launch in 2009, the ASX has sold around 1.32 million units overall in around 90 countries. The biggest markets are North America, Europe, Australia and China. Currently the third-highest selling vehicle offered by MMC, the ASX is key to the company's global strategy.
 
The exterior design has undergone a major overhaul under a design philosophy of "robust & ingenious," which serves as an expression of the MMC's global tagline "Drive your Ambition."
 
*1. Officially press days are on March 5th and 6th, and it is open to the general public from March 7th to March 17th.
For more information, please see: https://www.gims.swiss/
[Product Overview]
The ASX is a compact SUV designed for the city, offering wide-ranging versatility that makes it perfect for everything from everyday use to exciting adventures. Its lightweight, compact body combined with an SUV's commanding driver sightlines give the ASX excellent handling and easy drivability.
For European markets, ASX is powered by a 2.0L MIVEC*2 16-valve engine mated to either a five-speed manual transmission, or the INVECS*3-III CVT with 6-speed Sports Mode. Both two and four-wheel-drive versions are available.
The ASX also delivers reassurance and safety, with features including the RISE impact safety body and a Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) braking system.
*2: Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system
*3: Intelligent and Innovative Vehicle Electronics Control System
 
[Main changes]
1.  Major design change
  • Concept
The design concept is "Impact and Impulse." As well as signature Mitsubishi toughness, the refined and original design projects a strong image, inviting drivers to follow their impulses and take on new challenges.
 
  • Front view
The new ASX brings an evolution in MMC's DYNAMIC SHIELD front design concept.
The bumper embraces the central protective shape from both sides and the squared horizontal and vertical line treatment of the grille and the skid plate under the bumper expresses strength and toughness. The new styling makes the hood deeper, adding to the presence projected by the front end. And the distinctive LED lighting layout, which locates the turn signals and fog lamps at the ends of the bumper, stamps a Mitsubishi brand look on the front end.
 
  • Rear view
The ASX uses LED rear combination lamps (except turn signals) in a sharp-looking design that stretches across the width of the car and accentuates the wide stance. The skid plate styling of the underside of the bumper projects a look of strength.
 
  • Color
The ASX is now available in vivid, intensely brilliant Red Diamond, sporty and energetic Sunshine Orange, and sleek, refined Oak Brown.
 
2.  Improvements to Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA)
The Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA) has been improved, and now offers more advanced connectability.
  • The size of the display has been increased from seven to eight inches. Videos stored on USB memory sticks can also now be viewed on the SDA screen*4.
  • Top trim level models come equipped with a Tom Tom*5 navigation system. Real-time traffic information can now be accessed by connecting to the internet using a smartphone.
  • Available soon will be an app that utilizes speedometer, odometer, warning lamp and other vehicle information. The app will check fuel remaining and provide navigation to the nearest fuel stations, and will provide guidance on optimum maintenance and inspection intervals.
*4: Only when the vehicle is stopped
*5: A company headquartered in the Netherlands that produces traffic, navigation and mapping products.
 
MMC has setup a special website at the following URL to provide the information about its exhibits at 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.
http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/en/innovation/motorshow/2019/gms2019/