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A little of this and a little of that presents a new face

The ASX was first introduced in South Africa in 2011 and since its launch, over 9 300 units have been sold in the country, making it the most successful model for the brand in the last decade.

Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA) is making its range of sought-after vehicles accessible to a wider customer base with the introduction of a new ES specification level for the popular ASX.

The ASX ES models cater to customers who put a high premium on value for money, but still demand a proven crossover SUV with the best possible combination of attractive design, advanced technology, spaciousness, fuel economy and competitive pricing.

“The ASX was first introduced in South Africa in 2011 and since its launch, over 9 300 units have been sold in the country, making it the most successful model for the brand in the last decade. The ASX has also opened the Mitsubishi brand to younger families seeking access to the legendary Mitsubishi way of life. The addition of the two ES models with revised specification levels now places this lifestyle within reach of buyers for whom affordability is a greater consideration,” explained Jeffrey Allison, general manager of marketing at MMSA.

Apart from featuring the same powertrain combinations as the LS models, the ES additions to the range also boast the same striking exterior styling, spacious interior, upgraded seats and advanced mechanics.

Interior

Standout interior features of ES-specced models include electric windows all round, fabric upholstery and manual air-conditioning. A radio/CD player is standard, while a touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is available as an option. USB and accessory sockets are provided, as is Bluetooth connectivity with hands-free voice control. Driver comfort is enhanced by the inclusion of cruise control.

The rear seats have a 60:40 split, and boot space is a respectable 406 litres with all seats in place. However, this can be expanded to 1 206 litres with the rear seats folded down.

Performance

The new ES models use the same engine as their LS siblings, this being Mitsubishi’s 2.0L MIVEC aluminium powerplant, offering 110kW and 197Nm. As with the LS specification level, the ES is available with a five-speed manual transmission or CVT.

Safety

As with all Mitsubishi products, safety features abound in ASX ES models. These include hill start assist (HSA) and active stability and traction control (ASTC), as well as anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist (BAS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD).

Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body construction, which provides superior all-direction collision safety design, is supplemented by side impact protection beams, a collapsible steering column, brake pedal recession protection and whiplash injury reduction seats to ensure optimal occupant safety. Driver, passenger and knee airbags as well as ISOFIX child seat anchor points are also standard as part of the package.

ASX ES models also boast rear park distance control and a keyless operating system with a unique smart key that works within a 70cm radius from the vehicle for easy locking and unlocking. Once inside, the driver can start the engine with the simple touch of a button.

Warranty and service

The ASX range is covered by Mitsubishi’s three-year/100 000 km manufacturer warranty, a three-year /60 000km service plan and three-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance. Service intervals are set at 15 000km or once a year.

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