What future for Mitsubishi ASX in Australia? The new model for Europe is a rebadged Renault

The future of one of Australia’s best-selling small SUVs is unclear as the new model revealed in Europe overnight is simply a rebadged Renault Captur – and there’s no Australian replacement. on the horizon.

Plans for an aging successor Mitsubishi ASX in Australia are unclear, after the name was applied to a rebadged Renault Captur in Europe overnight.

The new Mitsubishi ASX based on the current Renault Captur will be built in Spain only for Europe, where Mitsubishi is a small player in the market.

If the Renault Captur is also manufactured in right-hand drive in the same factory, for the moment the version badged Mitsubishi ASX is only planned in left-hand drive

That means it’s now unclear what will happen to the next generation of the Mitsubishi ASX which has been built in Japan and sold in Australia since 2010.

Now over 12 years old, the Mitsubishi ASX on sale in Australian showrooms today is well overdue for replacement. Most cars have life cycles of five to six years before being replaced by new models.

Industry analysts expected the new generation Mitsubishi ASX to be shared with the new Nissan Qashqai, following Mitsubishi’s addition in 2016 to the joint venture between Nissan and Renault.

However, for now, the future of the Mitsubishi ASX in Australia is uncertain, as it is one of the best sellers in the category, despite its age and a mountain of new competitors.

For its part, Mitsubishi Australia says it is waiting at headquarters in Japan to announce a long-term plan for its smallest SUV.

While the Mitsubishi ASX sold in Australia, Japan and the United States is a Mitsubishi-developed, Japanese-built vehicle – based on the now-discontinued Lancer sedan bases – the new model for Europe is simply a rebadged Renault. produced alongside its French twin in Spain, with identical hybrid and plug-in hybrid power.

The differences between the European version of the Mitsubishi ASX and its urban SUV Renault Captur are minimal – limited to a new front bumper insert, Mitsubishi badging instead of Renault’s (interior and exterior) and “Hybrid EV” or “Plug-in Hybrid”. EV’ badges on the front doors.

Using the “MITSUBISHI” script on the rear moved the reversing camera module to the center of the tailgate, where the Renault diamond logo normally sits.

There are no known plans to replace the current Mitsubishi ASX outside of Japan – but Mitsubishi Australia has also not indicated that the current model is set to be discontinued – despite its age.

“The new ASX for Europe is certainly an interesting vehicle. Planning for Mitsubishi’s future product line in Australia is underway, but we are unable to share our plans today,” said Shaun Westcott, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Australia. Conduct.

“In the meantime, the current ASX is also due for a model year update in the coming weeks, including a new entry-level model. Details will be announced shortly.

Mitsubishi Australia says it’s committed to the small SUV segment – and says various trim updates and model facelifts over the past decade have kept the aging ASX “relevant”.

“The current ASX continues to serve a vital function for the brand in Australia. It represents a strong entry point into the Mitsubishi lineup and continues to perform well in the showroom and in terms of customer satisfaction,” said Westcott.

“Our policy of continuous model year refinement has kept ASX relevant in the small SUV conversation.

“The enduring success of the current ASX as well as the Eclipse Cross demonstrates that this is a space we want to continue moving forward..

The Mitsubishi ASX is now the company’s most affordable vehicle in Australia, at $26,490 drive-away – having phased out the Mirage city car last year and the Lancer small car in 2017.

“It’s been the new entry point for our brand, since the release of Mirage, and customer feedback tells us that its combination of design and packaging, as well as its strong after-sales package, remain very attractive” , said Mr. Westcott. Conduct.

“We continue to be pleased with the current model’s sales performance and dealer/customer feedback.”

While the launch of the European model will see two independent vehicles sold under the same name on different sides of the world, Mr Westcott said there were no plans to change the name of the ASX in Australia.

“We believe ASX has built a strong brand in its time in the market. It makes sense that any future models in this space retain the ASX nameplate for our market,” he said.

Above: The current Renault Captur.

2023 Mitsubishi ASX for Europe Unveiled: Design and Specs

As noted above, the new Mitsubishi ASX for Europe is a rebadged version of the Renault Captur sold in Europe and Australia – built on the same Renault production line in Spain.

Differences between the two vehicles are limited to a new insert in the upper front bumper, Mitsubishi-specific badging front and rear, and “Hybrid EV” and “Plug-in Hybrid EV” badging on the doors, similar to an Outlander or Eclipse Cross plug-in hybrid.

Inside, the only visible difference is a Mitsubishi badge on the steering wheel. The rest of the steering wheel, infotainment and instrument cluster screens, key switches, seats and all other components come straight from the Renault.

Even the miniaturized car shown in the instrument cluster hasn’t been modified for Mitsubishi, and still wears Renault badges – but that may change before customer cars hit European showrooms next year. next.

The new European ASX is powered by the same range of petrol, hybrid and plug-in hybrid systems offered on the Renault Captur in Europe.

The entry-level option is a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with a six-speed manual transmission, which buyers can upgrade to a 1.3-litre turbo four-cylinder with a gearbox. seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and a mild-hybrid system to save fuel.

The “full hybrid” model – badged “HEV” – combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors, a 1.3 kWh battery and a unique clutchless automatic transmission, which in the Renault offers four speeds for the gasoline engine, and two for the electric motors.

At the top of the range is the plug-in hybrid, combining the 1.6-litre petrol engine and clutchless transmission with more powerful electric motors and a 10.5 kWh battery.

Mitsubishi does not mention outputs, but in the Captur they are rated at 66kW / 160Nm for the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, 118kW / 270Nm for the 1.3-litre, 107kW mild hybrid for the 1.6-liter hybrid and 118 kW for the plug-in hybrid.

The electric range of the Renault Captur plug-in hybrid on a single charge is claimed at 50 km.

Mitsubishi’s media bulletin highlights the portrait touchscreen on the ASX’s dash and a suite of advanced safety aids including adaptive cruise control and lane centering assist.

The 2023 Mitsubishi ASX is expected to hit showrooms in select European markets from March next year.

Alex Misoyannis

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