Hot on the heels of the release of the all-new Triton bakkie, Mitsubishi has kick-started 2017 with a makeover and minor upgrades for its ASX and Outlander models.
A flagship of the Japanese automakers range of models, and priced at R549 900, the Outlander has benefitted from a redesigned font grille and bumper, opting for a more edgy look contrary to the curves of its predecessor.
Under the bonnet, the new Outlander produces 123kW and 222 Nm, derived from Mitsubishi’s 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC MIVEC petrol engine. Power is sent to all four wheels via an all-new Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT), which allows for smoother gear changes. The four-wheel-drive system is complimented by a selection of different driving modes, which include an eco-drive and full diff-lock setting.
Inside, the Outlander benefits from features such as leather seats, fold-down screens and DVD player for rear seat passengers, and a Rockford Fosgate nine-speaker sound system. Safety features include nine airbags and Hill Start Assist.
Meanwhile, the new ASX has experienced major design changes to its exterior, sporting edges similar to that of its Outlander big brother. With prices starting below R400 000, the ASX is available in five different derivatives, with each sharing the same 2.0-liter MIVEC petrol engine found in previous models. Power output is listed at 110kW and 197 Nm, with both a choice of either a five-speed manual or CVT transmission sending power to the front wheels.
Interior features include cruise control, rear park distance control, Bluetooth and voice control, along with safety features that include Hill Start Assist and seven airbags.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander and ASX both come standard with a three-year/100 000km warranty, as well as a five-year/90 000km service plan.
By Sam Spiller
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