Mitsubishi has pulled back the covers of yet another update to its long-running ASX small SUV, just five months after the most recent styling change made its way to Australian showrooms.
In this instance, the latest update applies to the Outlander Sport – the name applied to the ASX in North America – and as well and new front and rear styling tweaks there’s also a list of advanced safety features.
Up front, there’s a revised version of Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield that brings a new grille, LED daytime running lights and revised headlight internals to accompany the black and chrome treatment applied to the ASX late last year.
At the rear the compact crossover gets a new bumper for the first time with a new rear skid plate applique and a narrow decor strip joining the new angular reflectors. Somewhat surprisingly, no changes have been made to the tail lights which remain unchanged since the ASX’s 2010 introduction.
The most important revision is the Touring Package – an option for American customers – which adds advanced safety features including forward collision mitigation (also known as autonomous emergency braking), lane departure warning, and automatic high beam as well as a panoramic sunroof.
Inside, there is a new centre console, gear shifter, and infotainment system incorporating a 7.0-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Mitsubishi has also made changes beneath the surface aimed at increasing refinement, but hasn’t detailed the extent of those revisions. American customers won’t see any changes to engines, with a choice of 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre petrol engines, indicating that Australia’s 110kW/197Nm 2.0-litre petrol and 110kW/360Nm 2.2-litre diesel engines are also unlikely to be changed.
Mitsubishi Australia is yet to confirm when the 2018 ASX changes will make their way to Australia.
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