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New Mitsubishi ASX 2023: The Renault Captur's twin Japanese SUV

The alliance that Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have had since 2017 has allowed the latter to present a new generation of its popular B-segment SUV, the new Mitsubishi ASX, taking advantage not only of the CMF-B platform on which the Renault Captur is based.

The Mitsubishi ASX is a carbon copy of the French model; furthermore, you would be hard pressed to find the differences, both the exterior and interior of the vehicle.

Adding to the similarities is the fact that the new Mitsubishi ASX be manufactured in the same factory where the Captur is assembled, at Renault's plant in Valladolid.

A Mitsubishi dressed as a Renault Captur

Wherever you look, the ASX is a Captur with a slight change to the grille and the Japanese brand's logos.

The design of the French SUV is unmistakable, with very personal features such as the front and rear lights, the wedge profile, the floating roof sensation thanks to the two-tone paintwork.

All this is repeated in the ASX, logically with the same dimensions: 4.23 meters long, 1.57 meters high, with a wheelbase of 2.64 meters.

When it hits the market in 2023, there will be a choice of six body colors, with top trim versions featuring a black roof.

And so on Captur, the wheels will be 17 or 18 inches, as far as we can tell, some of them with the same design.

There are also no changes in the interior, with the exception of the Mitsubishi logo, even the steering wheel is identical to that of the Captur, so the ASX has a cabin that offers good habitability, with a 400-liter trunk and with connectivity and assistance technologies. to the driving we already know from the French SUV.

Among them, the hands-free smart key, the system's multimedia screen called SDA and which can be 7 inches in horizontal format or 10 inches in vertical format.

The new model also offers the possibility of equipping digital instrumentation with 7 or 9.3 inches, and the Multi-Sense system that allows you to choose between different driving modes.

MHEV, hybrid and plug-in hybrid combustion versions

And as it could not be otherwise, the mechanical offer also comes from the Renault Captur specifications.

The access version uses the 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol with 90 hp, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

This is followed by the 130T MHEV, with the 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine with turbocharger and light hybridization system, which produces 140 hp and bears the DGT ECO seal.

In this case, you can opt for the 7DCT dual-clutch gearbox as an alternative to the manual gearbox.

Above are the 160 HEV hybrid and 160 PHEV plug-in hybrid versions, with the same propulsion system as the Captur E-TECH and Captur E-TECH PHEV.

The former produces 145 hp, while the plug-in hybrid reaches 160 hp and, thanks to its 10.5 kWh battery, can travel up to 49 km in all-electric mode.

So far, prices for the Mitsubishi ASX have not been revealed, although there is no better reference than the Renault Captur itself, available from just over 19,000 euros in the case of the access version and from 21,900 for the 1.3 MHEV, according to the company. current offer on the Renault website, which includes the commercial discount, but not linked to financing.

In the case of the hybrid, you can find it from 26,000 euros and from 30,400 euros for the plug-in hybrid.

What sets the ASX apart is the 'Mitsubishi Service Pledge', which will come as standard and includes a 5-year per 100,000 km warranty and 5-year roadside assistance.

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