Mitsubishi ASX for 2012
6th September, 2011
Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has announced increased
safety and luxury appointments to its popular compact SUV, the ASX, as part of a model year 2012 range update.
The highlight of the update is the availability of a new reversing camera to entry level variants, meaning the
entire ASX range in Australia now has access to this important safety feature.
MMAL’s President and CEO, Genichiro Nishina, said the availability of the reversing camera across the range
had been a focus of the first comprehensive update for the popular compact four-wheel drive, originally released
in August 2010.
“With the growth in popularity of SUV vehicles, rear view monitoring is an increasingly important safety
factor, so we are very pleased to ensure a rear view camera is available on all models in the ASX line-up,”
In addition to the availability of the rear monitoring system, the MY12 ASX gains a number of safety, comfort
and style improvements as part of the 2012 model year upgrade, including new seat trims, new rear-seat centre
armrest with cup holders and new interior finishes.
Within the two- and four-wheel drive, diesel and petrol variants available in the ASX line-up, it is the entry
level two-wheel drive ASX which has seen the greatest change. The 2WD variant is the most popular model in the
ASX range, claiming just on 70 per cent of sales. Given the high demand, MMAL decided to introduce two optional
packages featuring upgraded specifications for the 2WD model.
The first is the Convenience Pack which includes reversing sensors, Bluetooth 2.0 hands-free phone system with
steering wheel controls, along with steering wheel mounted audio controls - available for $500*.
The second is the Luxury Pack which also includes steering wheel mounted Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio
controls, and adds the electro-chromatic mirror with rear view monitor, leather seat trim, heated front seats,
and power operated driver’s seat. The Luxury Pack adds exterior improvements including 17 inch alloy wheels and
front fog lamps and a chrome exterior package which has all the visual enhancements normally reserved for the
top-of-the-line Aspire ASX. These include a fog lamp bezel, radiator grille details and belt line moulding. The
Luxury Pack can be added to the 2WD ASX variant for $3,700*.
Further upgrades are continued across the ASX four-wheel drive range, with 4WD variants (both diesel and
petrol) gaining the electro-chromatic mirror with rear view monitor, as well as receiving updated trim material
and rear seat armrests with cup holders.
The top of the range Aspire, while already sporting just about every luxury appointment you could imagine -
including the Mitsubishi Multi Communication System, which already features a rear view camera – receives a
little extra “bling” in the form of some chrome touches to the instrument cluster and panel.
Remaining unchanged is the engine line-up with the two-wheel drive sporting a fuel-efficient 110 kW/197 Nm
2.0 litre petrol engine that drives the front wheels through a choice of either five-speed manual gearbox or
smooth stepless Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The mid-range ASX 4WD is powered by a 1.8-litre diesel engine which enjoys the best fuel efficiency in its
class. This economical performance is achieved via the variable valve timed diesel engine which features
Mitsubishi's MIVEC system. With maximum outputs of 110 kW of power and 300 Nm of torque, the turbo diesel
engine, matched to a six-speed manual gearbox, returns an ADR 81/01 fuel consumption of just 5.9 litres per
100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of only 155 grammes per kilometre.
The 2.0-litre petrol engine with CVT and the 1.8 litre diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission are
offered as standard on both the ASX 4WD variant and the top of the range ASX Aspire.
The introduction of the availability of a reversing camera across the ASX range underlines Mitsubishi’s
commitment to making the ASX line-up as safe as it can be. Already highly specified from a safety viewpoint, the
ASX range includes Mitsubishi’s acclaimed RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) structure, and combines an
extensive array of safety features fitted standard across the range including ASTC (Active Stability Control
with Traction Control), Hill Start Control system, ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, and seven
airbags, including driver and passenger front, side and curtain, and driver knee airbag.
The three-model line-up of ASX 2WD, ASX 4WD and ASX Aspire are all comprehensively equipped for superb comfort
and convenience with the ASX 2WD designed to perfectly complement a city lifestyle. Standard features include
fully automatic climate control air-conditioning with air filter, cruise control, front and rear electric windows
and exterior mirrors, electric tailgate opener, AM/FM radio/CD/MP3 player with auxiliary and USB inputs, variable
intermittent windscreen wipers, tilt and telescopic steering column adjustment and 16-inch alloy wheels.
For those who wish to venture off the beaten track, the four-wheel drive ASX is the vehicle of choice. In
addition to the Mitsubishi AWD electronically controlled four-wheel drive system, the ASX 4WD models also gain
front fog lamps, Bluetooth 2.0 handsfree phone connectivity with steering wheel mounted controls, steering
wheel mounted audio controls, and rear parking sensors.
The top of the line all-wheel drive ASX Aspire combines all the safety, versatility, and comfort features of
the ASX 4WD and adds a number of luxury features that are rarely found in this class of vehicle. These include
leather seats with seat heating for driver and front passenger, power driver's seat, keyless operating system
with a one-touch start, rain sensing automatic windscreen wipers and dusk sensing automatic lights, 17-inch
alloy wheels, privacy glass, and chrome accents for the radiator grille and belt line moulding.
The ASX Aspire also features a premium Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers and the Mitsubishi
Multi Communication System (MMCS), which includes satellite navigation, DVD with video input, Bluetooth 1.0
handsfree phone connectivity with steering wheel mounted controls, iPod integration and control, and reversing
camera. The MMCS also allows you to customise a number of vehicle functions, including wiper control, auto
unlock functions and climate control.
Mitsubishi provides its industry leading warranty on all ASX vehicles, including a comprehensive five
year/130,000 km whole vehicle warranty, backed up by its 10 year/160,000 km powertrain warranty and a five
year/130,000 kilometre roadside assistance package.
MMAL’s President and CEO, Genichiro Nishina said the MY12 ASX upgrades make a good vehicle even better.
“Since its release in 2010, the ASX has proved very popular and thousands of the vehicles have been sold
in the Australian market. This MY12 update includes many improvements to the ASX, making it the perfect
city-sized SUV,” Nishina said.
Mitsubishi ASX prices* begin at $25,990* (MLP*).
NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory
charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are
subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.