Mitsubishi ASX unveiled before debut in Geneva

Enlarge ImageMitsubishi's new design language is so much better than the last one.                  Mitsubishi

Enlarge ImageMitsubishi's new design language is so much better than the last one. Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi has revealed a facelifted version of the ASX compact SUV ahead of its global unveiling at the Geneva motor show.

Mitsubishi says that the Outlander Sport has sold around 1.32 million units globally since it launched in 2009. Now the third-highest selling vehicle offered by MMC, the ASX is key to the company's global strategy. 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 16-valve engine mated to either a five-speed manual transmission, or the INVECS-III CVT with 6-speed Sports Mode. 2020 models get the RISE impact safety body and Forward Collision Mitigation braking system. The new styling aims to make the hood deeper and project a stronger presence at the front end.

The most notable revision is at the front, where the ASX gets a new face that better follows its latest "Dynamic Shield" philosophy.

Gone is the not-so-hot nose of yore, and in its place is a sleeker, sharper front end that relies on the newer design language seen on the Eclipse Cross and Outlander.

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Out back, new LED lamps stretch across the width of the vehicle to project a wider stance.

New colours will include what Mitsubishi describes as an "intensely brilliant" Red Diamond hue, an "energetic" Sunshine Orange and a "refined" Oak Brown.

Inside, the company says its smartphone-link display audio system has been improved, now offering "more advanced" connectivity.

There's been a few tweaks inside, too, with a larger infotainment screen with TomTom navigation available on the top-spec models. The system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and apparently allows you watch videos stored on USB (when the vehicle is stopped). Not only does it feature a larger screen, it also receives TomTom sat-nav with real-time traffic information, and will eventually come with an app system that conveys information about the auto to your smartphone.

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