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The Mitsubishi ASX has been refreshed in Malaysia, with minor enhancements and a new entry-level variant that lowers the starting price to just RM105k.

That’s for the new ASX 2WD GL, which to be exact is priced at RM104,792 on-the-road without insurance. It joins the ASX 2WD (RM112,571) and ASX 4WD (RM125,041), which see small price drops from the previous RM114,043 and RM128,179, respectively. The ASX is locally-assembled at Tan Chong’s Segambut plant.

The compact SUV now comes with daytime running lights in the fog lamp housing and a “shark fin” antenna – the 4WD has a colour-keyed bumper with black painted centre and a chrome grille, while the 2WD and 2WD GL feature a regular colour-keyed bumper.

In addition to the existing grey, silver and white, there’s a new Sporty Blue exterior colour, as shown here. Standard kit across the three-variant range includes leather seats, automatic air con, a colour multi-info display and auto retractable side mirrors.

A touchscreen entertainment system with Virtual Acoustic Positioning System (VAPS) is standard for the 2WD and 4WD variants along with USB, Bluetooth, navigation, a slightly revised centre console (area below the head unit) and piano black door switch panels. The 2WD GL is equipped with a two-DIN CD player, which also features VAPS.

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The range-topping 4WD now comes with seven airbags (door, side, curtain, driver’s knee, previously three airbags) and two-tone 17-inch alloys. That’s in addition to the existing keyless entry with push-start (the ASX 2WD and 2WD GL make do with a keyed ignition), cruise control, panoramic sunroof, steering magnesium paddle shifters and Active Stability Control.

The ASX is powered by a 2.0 litre engine with 150 PS and 197 Nm of torque. The MIVEC unit is paired to a CVT gearbox with Sports Mode, now with better acceleration and fuel efficiency, Mitsubishi claims.

As standard, there’s ABS and EBD, and the 4WD gets traction control, active stability control and a reverse camera, as well as more parking sensors – it has two front and four rear units, while the 2WD and 2WD GL makes do with two rear sensors.

With the arrival of the Honda HR-V, many a compact SUV have been overlooked. Read our review of the Mitsubishi ASX to revisit this value priced crossover.