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The 2015 Mitsubishi ASX has received another round of updates to keep it relevant in the Australian market. The changes, on the inside and out, are relatively moderate. Externally, the refreshed ASX comes equipped with spiffier-looking 18-inch alloys, black accents on the wheel arches and a chrome bar on the tailgate.

Inside, a new steering wheel with classier piano black highlights gets featured – said wheel is borrowed from the refreshed 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander. Elsewhere, the 2015 ASX is equipped with a DAB digital radio system. Mechanicals remain as they are with two engine options on sale, a diesel and a petrol.

Said 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine pumps out a total of 148 hp and 197 Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual or a CVT gearbox with power getting sent to the front wheels regardless of the gearbox choice. The 2.2 litre four-cylinder mill puts out the same amount of horsepower but torque gets rated at 360 Nm – a sole six-speed automatic gearbox sends power to all four wheels.

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As usual, two trim lines are offered in the guise of the base LS and range-topping XLS. The former is available in 2WD petrol M/T and CVT as well as 4WD diesel A/T configurations while the latter trim is only offered in 2WD petrol CVT and 4WD A/T diesel combinations.

In terms of standard equipment offered, all ASX variants come with a reverse camera, rear-parking sensors, climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition capabilities. Safety kit includes a total of seven airbags – dual front and side, full-length curtain and driver’s knee airbags.

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Prices begin at AU$24,990 (RM71,669) for the LS-spec 2WD M/T petrol, the LS 2WD CVT petrol goes for AU$26,990 (RM77,405) while the LS 4WD A/T diesel is priced at AU$31,490 (RM90,311) – the latter exactly the same as the XLS-spec 2WD CVT petrol. The most expensive variant is the XLS 4WD A/T diesel, priced at AU$35,990 (RM103,216). Metallic or pearlescent paint costs AU$550 (RM1,577).

With the Malaysian-spec Mitsubishi Mirage receiving the same changes echoed on from the ‘Straya-spec model, can we expect to see the same thing happening to our ASX anytime soon? Only time will tell.