Mitsubishi expanded its ASX range in January by adding a new entry-level specification in South Africa.
The crossover now has a starting price of R369,995 for the manual ASX ES, which is R50,000 cheaper than before.
While certain features were removed from the range-topping ASX LS to create the more affordable ES specification, much of the best equipment remained.
Below, we find out what you get when buying the newest Mitsubishi crossover in South Africa.
The Mitsubishi ASX ES has its work cut out for it in the local crossover segment, which is hotly contested by nearly every manufacturer.
To help it stand out in this category, the ASX features a healthy dose of premium features and a unique look.
The front of the vehicle sees a chrome grille flanked by LED headlamps with integrated daytime running lights, along with rectangular LED fog lamps.
Plastic cladding on the wheel arches and underfloor skid plates further emphasize the crossover look.
The ES then wears 16-inch mags and does not have integrated turn signals in its wing mirrors – the only exterior design cues setting it apart from the pricier LS it is based on.
Inside, the differences between the specifications become clearer, but you won’t be left wanting more in the ES.
The entry-level crossover gets fabric seats, manual air-conditioning, and a radio with Bluetooth and a CD player – with an 8-inch infotainment display supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available as an optional extra.
Also included in the ES is a leather multifunction steering wheel, a multi-information driver’s display, cruise control, all-round electric windows, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry and start, and fold-away wing mirrors.
In addition, it brings active stability and traction control, hill-start assist, ABS with brake assist, rear parking sensors, and three airbags – scoring a 5-star Australasian NCAP safety rating.
Power in the ASX range is provided by a 2.0-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine putting out 110kW and 197Nm.
In this particular model, the motor sends drive to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission, achieving a combined fuel consumption of 7.5l/100km.
The 100km/h mark is reached in 9.6 seconds and top speed comes in at 194km/h, while a maximum braked towing capacity of 1,260kg is also available.
With a ground clearance of 195mm, this Mitsubishi also stands taller than many of its competitors – while a cargo capacity of 406 litres places it near the top of its segment.
The Mitsubishi ASX 2.0 ES Manual has a South African starting price of R369,995.
Along with this, you get a 3-year/100,000km warranty, a 3-year/60,000km service plan, and 3-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.