2017 Mitsubishi ASX EVO Release
While we’re awaiting the next generation Mitsubishi ASX crossover to arrive, some sources suggest that its sporty version with an EVO nameplate is due to be launched soon. Namely, the 2016 Mitsubishi ASX is expected to arrive in early 2016, whereas the 2017 Mitsubishi ASX EVO should make its debut some time later.
Speculations concerning the 2017 Mitsubishi ASX EVO have recently been confirmed by the company president Tetsuro Aikawa. He has announced in an interview that Mitsubishi is seriously considering the launch of the ASX EVO model.
2017 Mitsubishi ASX EVO Design
The 2017 Mitsubishi ASX EVO will be based on the brand new generation of the ASX crossover. As for the US market, this model is sold as the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. According to Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America, the next-generation model is due to arrive thoroughly redesigned. Production is scheduled to start in October 2015, while the model is expected to hit the showrooms by the end of the year. The redesign has been inspired by the XR-PHEV concept on which the 2017 Mitsubishi ASX EVO will be based as well.
Compared to its predecessors, the 2016 Mitsubishi ASX will be sleeker and much more contemporary. The same is expected from the sports version bearing the EVO badge. Expect the new model to offer the most advanced systems and features. There will be some of the latest driver assist systems and the overall safety standards should be taken to a new level. Visually, the upcoming model will be much more appealing, while the interior is expected to be replete with more high-end materials.
2017 Mitsubishi ASX EVO Engine
According to the company, the 2017 Mitsubishi ASX EVO will be available with a hybrid system. Although the official details are yet to be released, it is widely believed that its gas-electric system is likely to be borrowed either from the XR-PHEV concept or the Outlander PHEV model.
As for the XR-PHEV concept, it came with a hybrid system that combines a three-cylinder 1.1-liter turbocharged engine, an electric motor and high-capacity batteries. Its total output is estimated at 163 horsepower. However, the sporty 2017 ASX EVO is perhaps more likely to adopt the Outlander PHEV’s hybrid system. It comprises a conventional four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline unit, two electric motors and 12 kWh lithium-ion batteries. Its combined output is rated at 200 horsepower with 337 Nm of torque.
Although the Japanese automaker seems determined to launch the 2017 Mitsubishi ASX EVO, its debut still hasn’t been confirmed. Needless to say, its destiny will depend mostly on the future success of the standard model.