If you have a look on the technical specifications list, the ASX is not at all a technically-advanced vehicle. But the way it interacts with both the driver and the road might make you change your mind a little bit.
The car is first of all a very fuel efficient model and, more importantly, it achieves a lower rating in the city and not outside it as it happens with most other vehicles out there.
The 1.8-liter diesel should go around 49 mpg (4.8 L/100Km) city, which is fairly impressive given the fact that the ASX is actually a crossover packing 150 horsepower. Fuel consumption should increase a little bit when leaving the city, says Mitsubishi, but not more than 35.1 mpg (6.7 L/100Km). Overall, the car should achieve 42.8 mpg (5.5 L/100Km) while releasing 145 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
The ClearTec designation brought with it several other features, all of them supposed to reduce the amount of toxic gases released in the atmosphere. The ASX thus comes packed with the aforementioned Automatic Stop & Go system, a closed-flow diesel particulate filter, the electric power steering, a so-called Generation Control System, LED rear lamps for low consumption and low resistance tires.
Performance figures aren't breathtaking but they are not even supposed to be because the ASX was tailored for fuel efficiency and decent driving without breaking speed limits. The car goes from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.3 seconds, while topping at 124 mph (200 km/h).
But in order to lower emissions and cut consumption, Mitsubishi implemented several other technologies, including an electric power steering mechanism that also features tilt and telescopic adjustments. For those who aren't familiar with Mitsubishi's products, this is the first time the Japanese manufacturer uses telescopic adjustments on its range of products.Continue reading
MITSUBISHI ASX technical data summary
Engine: 1798 cmc L4 Diesel
Dimensions: 169.1 in (4295 mm) length / 69.9 in (1775 mm) width / 63.6 in (1615 mm) height
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