Mitsubishi ASX and Mirage updated for 2016

  • New ASX and Mirage on show at Geneva
  • Cosmetic changes and a new diesel engine for ASX
  • Both on sale by the end of 2016

With the crossover market currently bursting at the seams, the ageing Mitsubishi ASX can have a hard job standing out against rivals like the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti.

An updated version of the crossover was on display at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, though, and the good news is that it’ll be on sale here in the UK by the end of summer 2016.  

What’s new?

The front end has been completely revised to incorporate the firm’s new ‘Dynamic Shield’ identity. It’s chunkier and more striking than before and gives the car a more modern appearance.

Crucial for company car drivers will be the new 112bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine which will deliver significant improvements in CO2 emissions and fuel economy, although official figures are yet to be announced. Available in either two- or four-wheel drive modes, stop/start is also fitted as standard and the new engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Inside the ASX has also seen an uplift in cabin quality, while the outside design is pepped up by new 18-inch alloy wheels.

What about the Mirage?

Although it sells in relatively small numbers, Mitsubishi is adamant that the smallest car in its range has a place in its future line-up.

On sale since 2013, the Mirage has also been updated for 2016 and will be coming to the UK.

Design tweaks are immediately noticeable: the car's new grille, bumpers and light design.

More equipment is available too including an all-new next-generation sat-nav system which makes its debut in the Mirage. There’s also smartphone connectivity and a hill-start assist system available.

Inside, the steering wheel and instrument panel have been updated, and for increased practicality the boot has been redesigned to offer a more practical underfloor storage area.

Chassis improvements mean the latest Mirage should ride a little better too, with less bodyroll produced in the corners.

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