2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

So far, the Mitsubishi ASX has gone through not one, but two facelifts as it reaches its seventh year on the market. Apparently that’s not enough for Mitsubishi, which will introduce yet another visual refresh for its compact SUV at the 2017 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) next week.

As changes go, it’s a minor one – the front end, which gained Mitsubishi’s latest Dynamic Shield corporate face at the end of 2015, receives a chrome bar on the upper grille and vertical LED daytime running lights next to the fog lights. The rear has been made more aggressive with a revised bumper design featuring C-shaped reflectors; there’s also a new chrome bar linking the tail lights. There’s a new Alloy Silver hue, too.

There are bigger revisions inside, with a Smartphone Link display audio system lifted from the new Eclipse Cross – complete with a seven-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity – and a new floor console with a redesigned gearlever.

In the US, there’s also a new Touring Package that adds a panoramic roof, a reverse camera, improvements in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and a slew of driver assists, including Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), lane departure warning and automatic high beam.

No change under the bonnet, so US-market models soldier on with a 2.4 litre 4B12 MIVEC four-cylinder engine with 168 hp and 226 Nm of torque on tap. The engine is paired to a CVT with six virtual ratios, transmitting its power to all four wheels via Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control (AWC) System. We, on the other hand, get a 2.0 litre 4B11 MIVEC engine with 150 PS and 197 Nm.