The Mitsubishi ASX was previewed as the Concept-cX at the Frankfurt motor show in 2007 and many of that concept’s styling details made the transition to the production car.
Although Mitsubishi has a long history of SUVs, this is the first time it has produced one that can be classed as a crossover, having smaller, hatchback-like dimensions.
Building the ASX was a simple decision for Mitsubishi. The compact SUV sector is one of the most profitable and Mitsubishi has a decent heritage in value-led utility vehicles, so the firm would have been foolish not to capitalise on it with a car like this. The ASX represents more than an obvious business decision, though.
The front-wheel drive 1.8-litre diesel was thought to be the most popular variant in the UK although it was ultimately replaced in 2013 by a 2.2-litre diesel, while four-wheel drive and a 1.6-litre petrol are also offered. The ASX came previously in levels 2, 3 or 4 – what happened to level 1 is anybody’s guess – but now the range has been changed to ZC, ZC-M, ZC-H and 5.
Not for the first time, Mitsubishi has brought an entirely new technology to the passenger car market.