A test prototype of the next-generation ASX has been spotted on several different locations around the world. Mitsubishi’s compact SUV, also known as the Outlander Sport in the U.S., is apparently getting ready to enter its fourth iteration. According to the spy photos, the all-new ASX will draw inspiration mostly from the XR-PHEV concept. Compared to the previous model, it will grow in size considerably. Some sources also speculate that the 2018 Mitsubishi ASX is likely to feature a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. If everything goes as planned, the redesigned model could hit the market in late 2017.
2018 Mitsubishi ASX Design
As mentioned, the all-new ASX will be based on the XR-PHEV concept. Being 4370 mm long and 1870 wide, the concept actually falls in the same category as the Nissan Qashqai. It’s still hard to say whether the new ASX will stick to the concept’s dimensions but it will certainly borrow some of its styling cues. For instance, expect it to adopt a new front end design that Mitsubishi calls “Dynamic Shield”. The profile will also undergo major changes that will give this crossover a much more dynamic appearance. Moreover, the rear end will be taller, adopting completely redesigned light clusters.
The interior is also expected to receive a major overhaul. Besides new and improved materials, the 2018 Mitsubishi ASX will get a host of new tech features. Expect its center stack to feature a large infotainment touchscreen with a completely new interface. Also, the next-generation model will offer such features as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
When it comes to the new ASX’s engine range, the company has yet to release official details. However, we expect its engine range to include turbocharged gasoline and diesel powertrains. The 2018 Mitsubishi ASX will also offer standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. As for the hybrid model, expect it to feature a similar drivetrain to the one that the XR-PHEV concept uses. Hopefully, more details on the mechanical department should surface in the months ahead.
The 2018 Mitsubishi ASX will compete in one of the most hotly contested segments of today’s automotive industry. Expect this sleek crossover to compete with the likes of Mazda CX-3, Suzuki Vitara and Toyota CH-R.