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Spotted testing in the United States, the next-generation Mitsubishi ASX is likely to make its global debut next year. It appears to draw inspiration from the XR-PHEV II concept from last year’s Geneva motor show, which itself was a revision of the original Concept XR-PHEV first shown in Tokyo.

Starting from the front, the fascia appears not to depart very far from the concept’s design, with the overall grille look being retained, while the bumper seems to be productionised with more venting for improved airflow. The headlamps actually bear resemblance to the China-market Lancer developed for the automaker’s Chinese partners, which means it shouldn’t be expected in other markets such as ours.

Along the sides, the crease lines appear to stay mostly intact, with a more conventional A-pillar treatment and a slightly less dramatically sloping windscreen. The rear half of the vehicle is where more changes abound, the glasshouse being taller and more conventional for better headroom and visibility, while the rear section of the vehicle is now more squared-off.

Powertrain-wise, the concept featured a 98 hp, 1.1 litre turbocharged petrol engine, mated to an electric plug-in system, with 160 hp drawing power from a 14 kWh battery pack. It is possible that this powertrain could make it to production alongside a conventional turbo petrol engine and possibly a diesel variant.