Mitsubishi has plans to update the appearance and body styling of at least two of its key models before the end of the year. A new duo of facelifted cars have been revealed, and there is still a possibility that more could be announced.
The vehicles chosen for an update are the Mirage supermini and the ASX crossover. Sneak previews of the new designs were presented during the recent Geneva Motor Show, held in March 2016.
It is widely expected that the changes to the pair of vehicles signal a bold new design direction for the Mitsubishi range as a whole. New management at the manufacturer is widely rumoured to have triggered the move. This should give customers confidence that they can expect new and bigger things from Mitsubishi in future.
To update the Mirage, drastic alterations have been made to the exterior. The front end of the car is completely new. Mitsubishi has redesigned the shape of the bi-Xenon headlights, the front grille, bumper and power-domed bonnet. At the back of the model, the roof spoiler is extended and the rear lights are new LED clusters. Two alloy wheel styles and two additional paintwork colour options will be added when the car reaches showrooms.
Inside the supermini, the steering wheel and instrument panel are noticeably different. A combination of chrome and piano black trims enhance the smart atmosphere. In the boot, an underfloor storage compartment will increase the amount that the compact Mirage can hold.
The next iteration of the Mirage will also receive an optional infotainment system, with a 6.5-inch touchscreen at the dashboard. It becomes the first new Mitsubishi to give drivers access to their smartphone and compatible apps via either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. This functionality will roll out to all other models in time.
The ASX displayed at the international event features similar revisions. As the present version of the ASX has been on the market since 2010, a refresh for the model is due.
It is expected to share the new-generation front face, and a 'shark fin' antenna plus 18-inch alloy wheels are more additions to the crossover's appearance. As a result, the ASX will now more closely resemble the Outlander and the Outlander PHEV. The concept shows contrasted light grey paintwork with bright orange accents at the wheels, door mirror caps, handles and roof.
Changes to the interior include a revised shape for the rear seats and altered upholstery. Drivers will appreciate the inclusion of an auto-dimming rear view mirror, which adapts on night driving to prevent dazzle and glare.
Owners of the next ASX will also see a difference under the bonnet. Mitsubishi is bringing a 112bhp, 1.6-litre diesel engine to the vehicle. It is an option alongside the 2.2-litre diesel and 1.6-litre petrol offered with the current model. The newest engine integrates Auto Stop & Go fuel-saving technology.
Interestingly, a new prototype version of the L200 was also on the Mitsubishi stand in Geneva. The latest generation of the model is relatively new to UK showrooms, and as such this concept is assumed to be just an exercise in design. Mitsubishi currently has no plans to renew the L200 given the most recent updates.
The revised Mitsubishi ASX is scheduled for a September 2016 release. An all-new edition of the crossover is expected during 2017. The face-lifted Mirage will launch slightly earlier, in May 2016.
More details on the new car range are always available from our Birchwood Mitsubishi specialists. Please get in touch with the Mitsubishi dealership team in Eastbourne to explore the ASX or Mirage.