CIRENCESTER, UK – The first allocation of Mitsubishi Motors’ new model year ASX arrives in the UK this week. The urban crossover vehicle, like its predecessor, offers best possible choice of practical, stylish and environmentally responsible family cars.

Stylish and Practical

Based on the same platform as the Outlander, Lancer and Lancer Evolution X, the ASX bridges the gap between Mitsubishi’s conventional passenger cars and its rugged off-roaders. Practicality and versatility are key to the appeal of the ASX. With a wheelbase to match the Outlander, passenger space is generous, with the flexible seating inside giving the ASX real versatility for customers looking for a practical, enjoyable family car.

12MY Mitsubishi ASX

Environmentally Sound

Offered with a choice of petrol or diesel power plants the 12MY 1.8-litre diesel engine benefits from a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, whilst improving fuel economy. This results in a new VED band (from Band F to Band E), thus reducing the annual road tax cost to £115. Although there is no reduction in VED banding on the petrol derivative, there is an increase in braked towing capacity from 1100kg to 1200kg.

With class-leading economy and emissions, in line with Mitsubishi’s environmental aspirations, the 116PS 1.8-litre DiD now achieves 54.3mpg (from 51mpg) and 136g/km (from 150g/km) on the official combined cycle, with the 1.6-litre petrol engine managing 47.1mpg (from 47.9mpg) with CO2 emissions remaining at 139g/km.

Helping the ASX achieve its impressive economy and emissions figures are low rolling resistance tyres, regenerative brakes and intelligent power management to allow the ASX to return its impressive consumption figures. Indeed, every aspect of the ASX has been engineered with its environmental performance in mind, to help create not just an enjoyable, versatile family vehicle, but a responsible one too.

Top Marks for Safety

The ASX isn’t just environmentally aware, it’s a safe choice too. The ASX incorporates Mitsubishi’s RISE safety technology (which dissipates the energy from the impact away from the passenger compartment) as well as ABS anti-lock braking, Active Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist an Emergency Stop Signal System and 7 airbags as standard. The result is a reduced likelihood of an accident, but should a collision be unavoidable the ASX not only provides outstanding levels of occupant protection – with a 5 Star Euro NCAP rating –but also excellent pedestrian impact protection.

Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said:

“The crossover marketplace has grown rapidly over the last 18 months. The Mitsubishi ASX has helped this growth by offering a stylish, well priced, practical and enjoyable to drive contender in this marketplace.

“With the ASX delivering excellent economy and emissions, versatility, as well as comprehensive standard equipment, and not to mention the reassuring safety features, the ASX has everything the crossover buyer is after.”

 Aftersales and Servicing

The ASX comes with three years unlimited mileage warranty, 12 year anti-corrosion perforation warranty, 3 year pan-European roadside, home and accident assistance. Servicing on the 1.6 ASX is 12,500 miles or 12 months, whichever occurs first and the servicing on the ASX 1.8. DI-D on the 2WD and 4WD is 9,000 miles or 12 months, whichever occurs first. The Mitsubishi Service Plan (MSP) is also available for the additional cost of £450 on the petrol variant and £650 on the diesel variant.

Vehicle Pricing

ASX2 1.6 Petrol £16,499.00
ASX3 1.6 Petrol £18,359.00
ASX4 1.6 Petrol £20,505.00
ASX3 1.8 Diesel £20,599.00
ASX4 Black 1.6 Petrol £21,505.00
ASX3 1.8 Diesel 4WD £22,749.00
ASX4 1.8 Diesel £22,745.00
ASX4 Black 1.8 Diesel £23,745.00
ASX4 1.8 Diesel 4WD £24,895.00
ASX4 Black 1.8 Diesel 4WD £25,895.00

The first allocation of ASX 1.8 DiD 4WD diesel variants are available to the Mitsubishi dealer network from mid-January, followed by the 2WD derivatives at the end of March and the petrol units in Quarter 2 2012.