Lucky me, I got to test drive the brand new Mitsubishi ASX over the weekends. Since it was also Michael’s wedding at Genting, I took the opportunity to test drive the crossover over the slightly more challenging roads up the hill instead of just having it around KL with limited chance to crank up the 2.0 liter MIVEC engine.
Mitsubishi ASX (Active Smart Crossover) with 2.0 Mivec
The front of the car took the cue from the aggressive yet classy design of the Lancer. In fact, from certain front angles the ASX looks almost like a taller version of Lancer, a pretty handsome design I think.
As mentioned earlier, under the hood is the same 2.0 liter MIVEC engine that churns out 150 PS and 197 Nm of torque, specifically tuned for this car. As such, the drive is actually quite zippy. This is partly due to the ASX’s curb weight at 1375 KG, actually 10 KG lighter than the Lancer.
ASX employs a 6 step CVT (continuous variable transmission) with paddle shift, handy especially for overtaking. Even while on auto, you can shift down by clicking the paddle shift without having to adjust the gear knob first.
exterior shots of Mitsubishi ASX
Other features of the car includes (full specs here):
- dual airbags with additional driver’s knee airbag
- engine immobiliser
- hill start assist (prevent sliding down aka Malaysian driving test)
- auto cruise
- 16″ alloy rims
- ventilated front disk brakes
- fully automated air conditioning with air filter
- automated retractable rear view mirrors
interior shots, with reverse camera, auto cruise too
On the inside, the car is spacious and provide very good head and leg room. Exterior noise is pretty isolated even while driving at high speed.
Supplied with the ASX is a double DIN Kenwood touch screen audio system that also comes with a rear view camera and IPOD connectivity. However, I think additional module is needed if you want to enable in car navigation with the same screen.
As for fuel economy, my personal test in the city yield about 11 to 12 liter per 100 km, but on the way back from Genting to PJ gave me 8.4 liter/100KM, pretty good for a crossover this size.
at Michael & Li Ling’s wedding in Genting
The car came in plenty handy when over the weekends. Sat five comfortably while serving as part of the groom’s motorcade to get the bride. A big shout out to Michael and Li Ling, congrats you guys!
The car didn’t have any problem scaling the hill. Due to the amount of cars parked at the location, I had to made a U-turn at some gravel road and the ASX’s ground clearance and pretty tight turning radius came in handy.
We also managed to fit in a big make up box, an ice cooler, and 3 luggage bags at the trunk on the way back.
Above is a short video of the ASX I took over the weekends, check it out.
The Mitsubishi ASX costs RM 139,980 on the road and is available now.
There’s also the Mitsubishi ASX-Perience contest currently running on facebook, and for once it is actually very simple to participate. Simply go to Mitsubishi ASX Malaysia facebook page, put a comment on why you deserve this week’s ASX-Perience and get as many people to “like” your comment.
This week’s (29 nov – 5th dec) scenario – an ASX for a day with RM 600 to spend. Check out the facebook page.