2016 Mitsubishi ASX Redesign and Release
Although the Mitsubishi ASX 2015 was anticipated as a wholly redesigned model, it actually came with a subtle facelift. However, after presenting the redesigned Outlander SUV, the company announced redesigns of several other models. The 2016 Mitsubishi ASX will be the first in line. It is expected to share much of its exterior styling cues with the larger Outlander SUV.
Don Swearingen, Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Motors North America, has confirmed the speculations about the upcoming redesign of the Mitsubishi ASX 2016. He also announced production of the American version of the ASX model, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, to start in October 2015. As for the beginning of sales on the US market, it is most likely to happen in November or December 2015. The European version of the 2016 Mitsubishi ASX is expected to go on sale simultaneously or sometime in early 2016.
2016 Mitsubishi ASX Changes
The brand new ASX will be a significantly improved version of the outgoing model. Regardless of the announced redesign and substantial enhancements, the 2016 ASX is actually not going to arrive as a new-generation model. Unlike the current model that came with only minor body kit improvements and some interior tweaks, the 2016 ASX is in for more substantial changes. The Mitsubishi ASX shares the same platform with the Mitsubishi Lancer. As for the exterior design, it has been inspired by the XR-PHEV concept. The model has been around since 2011, whereas the 2016 Mitsubishi ASX is expected to be smoother and sleeker in comparison with all of its predecessors.
The upcoming model will offer a long list of standard equipment. It includes quite a number of driver assist systems as well as the most advanced safety equipment. The materials used inside the cabin will be the highest quality materials. You can expect plenty of chrome details both on the exterior and inside the 2016 model. The 2016 Mitsubishi ASX will inherit daytime running lights from the 2015 model, as well as leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, navigation system with a seven-inch display and various other features. All of the enhancements combined with a more modern design increase the ASX’s chances to become more competitive in this hotly contested segment. Its greatest European rivals will come in the form of the Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai SUVs.
2016 Mitsubishi ASX Engine
The outgoing model has already received some engine enhancements responsible for improving its performance and fuel efficiency. The 2016 Mitsubishi ASX will be powered by the same 2.0-liter DOHC gasoline engine paired with CVT. The estimated fuel economy of the current model is 7.3 l/100 km. However, the more aerodynamic new design might make the 2016 ASX slightly more efficient than its predecessor.
Being based on the XR-PHEV concept, it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if the 2016 Mitsubishi ASX offers a hybrid version as well. The concept’s hybrid system includes a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.1-liter engine, an electric motor and high capacity batteries. The gasoline-powered engine produces 136 horsepower, while the overall hybrid system makes 163 horsepower. The 2016 Mitsubishi ASX Plug-In Hybrid is still not confirmed but the conventional 2016 Mitsubishi ASX SUV is about to hit the showrooms soon.