It was January when Mitsubishi teased the next-generation ASX before revealing technical specifications in June. The German branch has been tasked with organizing the debut event, which will take place tomorrow ahead of the market launch in Europe set for early 2023. It will be a new car, but only in the sense that it will not share any components with its predecessor. In reality, this subcompact crossover will be a rebranded Renault Captur.
Long overdue, the second generation ASX will replace the model that has been around since 2010, and in this interval is also being sold as an RVR and Outlander Sport in select markets. Some of you may know them as the Peugeot 4008 and Citroën C4 Aircross, but both models from the French brand were discontinued in 2017. The new model will be assembled at Renault’s Valladolid factory in Spain where the Captur is assembled.
Compared to its Renault-badged sibling, the equivalent Mitsubishi ASX 2023 is expected to get a redesigned bumper and a new grille. However, the rest of the body panels will likely be brought in to keep costs down. It should be a similar story on the inside where only subtle changes will be made compared to the Clio-derived crossover.
In its most basic form, the ASX will be powered by a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with 91 hp sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. A larger 1.3-liter four-pot rated at 140 hp will be offered along with a more powerful 158-hp configuration featuring a dual clutch, seven-speed automatic gearbox.
A regular hybrid with a naturally aspirated 1.6 liter engine and electric motor will produce a combined 145 hp. Mitsubishi will also sell the ASX with a plug-in hybrid setup (160 hp) with a 1.6 liter engine, two electric motors and a 10.5 kWh battery. As we’ve seen with the Captur, there won’t be a diesel engine available.
Another rebadged Renault is the Colt 2024 arriving next fall as a Clio with a Mitsubishi badge.