2011 Mitsubishi ASX | new car review

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The ASX is a , all new to the Middle East for the 2011 model year. It’s easiest to think of it as ’s answer to the Nissan Qashqai; a vehicle aimed predominantly at use.

Barely larger than a hatchback, the ASX has a high seating position for a more commanding view of the road and is available with a panoramic glass roof that lets plenty of light into the cabin.

The visuals are aggressive, with a gaping front grille and looks inspired by a jet fighter. Inside there are similarly dynamic inspirations, such as the motorcycle-derived instrument panel and matte silver accents along the doors.

2011 Mitsubishi ASX

Power comes from a 2.0-litre engine with 148bhp, attached to a continuously variable transmission. The ASX has an electronically controlled four-wheel drive system operated by a dial mounted in the cabin, with three modes – front-wheel drive for fuel economy, four-wheel drive for grip or 4WD Lock if you fancy venturing off road. Some 70 percent of the ASX comes from the more rugged Outlander, which should give it some credibility away from the tarmac – in theory, at least.

Available features include Keyless Operation System, which lets you unlock the doors and start the engine at the push of a button without taking the key from your pocket or bag. Also offered is a Rockford Fosgate sound system, Bluetooth phone connectivity and USB inputs for music.

Safety features include traction control, Active Stability Control, a Hill Start Assist system and Electronic Brake Distribution, which keeps the car stable in an emergency stop. It’s also offered with up to seven airbags, depending on the specification.

You can read our First Drive report on the Mitsubishi ASX here.

2011 Mitsubishi ASX

Engine: 2.0-litre inline four cylinder
Max power (bhp/rpm): 148/6,000
Max torque (Nm/rpm): 197/4,200
Transmission: CVT
Driven wheels: Two-wheel drive/All-wheel drive (depending on model)
Weight: 1,380-1,445kg
Price (AED): 74,900-80,000

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