As previously mentioned in our Pajero review, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is a very busy company, with few fully imported offerings slated for launch from now till the end of 2010. The Pajero will make its debut this month, and it has been announced that the ASX compact crossover will join MMM’s local range in the fourth quarter of this year.
“The ASX, Mitsubishi Motors’ latest global model, has been very well accepted in the major markets it has been launched in, among motoring experts and customers alike. We’ve been working hard to bring this model to Malaysia, and I’m happy to announce that the ASX will arrive soon,” revealed Tetsuya Oda, the new CEO of MMM.
“One of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia’s main targets is to provide Malaysians with a wide range of cars, and I’m confident that the trendy and stylish ASX will be well received by the discerning Malaysian market,” he added.
The ASX was unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, but the world had already seen the Japanese market RVR in February, which is essentially the same car (it will be called Outlander Sport in some markets). Mitsubishi says that the concept here is “Smart Size” – more compact than a typical C-segment SUV, but upsized from a typical B-segment compact car – and that the ASX combines the best sedan and SUV qualities into one package.
The ASX, which stands for “Active Smart X-over” (X-over pronounced as crossover), will be imported from Japan. It will be powered by the 4B11 2.0-litre MIVEC engine as found in the Lancer. MMM says that it puts out 150 PS and 197 Nm of torque, which is slightly lower than in the Lancer, so perhaps there’s some engine tuning specific to this application.
Expect a CVT gearbox with manual mode and 2WD – the ASX, which shares underpinnings with the Outlander (not sold here), is designed as a urban crossover and has no off road pretensions.
Look after the jump for some shots of the ASX already in Malaysia thanks to reader Zulfadli.
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