The Mitsubishi ASX, on sale since 2010, is nearly due for a replacement, and the company has been been dropping hints about its successor. Now, our European spy photographers have caught the next-generation compact SUV undergoing testing again, after the first images in August.

Even through the heavy disguise front and rear, it’s clear that the next ASX will take styling inspiration from the XR-PHEV concepts, in particular the second iteration – although the design has been toned down for production. The front fascia appears blocky and aggressive, and we can see the outline of Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield grille.

Along the sides, the XR-PHEV’s rising character line and fast rear windscreen rake has been carried over, with concessions to production reality observable through the larger door mirrors, door handles, framed windows and four doors. The rear end is tall and features a split rear windscreen, just like the Toyota Prius.

We also get our first clear look at the interior of the car, which gets a protruding cliff-like centre stack that is almost Lexus NX-like, joined by a large touchscreen head unit at the top. Moving downwards, the next ASX finally gets climate control with switchgear taken from the Outlander; the three-spoke steering wheel and large steering column-mounted gearshift paddles appear to have been carried over.

Expect the ASX to be offered with the usual petrol and diesel engines, along with the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the XR-PHEV, with a 98 hp 1.1 litre turbo petrol three-pot, a 120 kW electric motor and a 12 kWh battery. Also to be expected is a high-performance hybrid model that will take over the much-vaunted Evolution name from the Lancer.