Subcompact crossovers are currently one of the most competitive segments of the automotive industry. Therefore, the current generation of this crossover is notably different compared to most rivals. While most manufacturers practice short production cycles and yearly updates, Mitsubishi has been keeping this model in production for a full decade. It’s obvious that the redesign must happen soon but the latest reports suggest that the new model won’t be ready for the next year. Therefore, the 2021 Mitsubishi ASX will probably come without bigger changes.
This means you may count on a familiar layout that, despite two facelifts, hasn’t changed too much for this decade-long production cycle. You may count on a couple of drawbacks, but also on a couple of design characteristics that make this crossover competitive even today. When it comes to the launch date, we expect that the 2021 Mitsubishi ASX will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2021 Mitsubishi ASX Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, things definitely won’t change for the next year. Therefore, you may count on different engines in the offer, depending on the part of the world. For example, the Australian model comes with a couple of gasoline units. The base one is a 2.0-liter engine with around 148 horsepower. A peepier 2.4-liter unit is also in the offer, with a max output of 168 horsepower. Both engines are also available in North America, where this model is called Outlander Sport.
On the other side, European models also come in diesel variants. Previous versions used Mitsubishi’s 1.8-liter turbodiesel, but newer versions use PSA’s turbodiesels. Those are 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0-liter units, with a max power of 117, 140 and 150 horsepower, respectively.
In Asia and some other markets, this crossover also comes with a more conventional 1.8-liter gasoline engine. This one features a max output of 140 horsepower.
2021 Mitsubishi ASX Design
In terms of base design characteristics, we definitely don’t expect to see changes for the next year, especially if we consider that this should be the last production year of the current generation. The mechanics will certainly remain the same and we don’t expect changes in terms of the styling either. This model may be a decade old, but it definitely doesn’t look outdated. There were two facelifts in the last decade and the latter was particularly big. It has brought a completely new front end, which follows the brand’s latest design philosophy, known as the Dynamic Shield design language, which characterized pretty much every newer Mitsubishi model.
This version was introduced last year, so we have no doubt that 2021 Mitsubishi ASX won’t feature bigger changes. Still, there is a chance to see a couple of new color options and similar things.
Bigger changes on the inside aren’t expected either. Simply, the redesign is behind the corner, so there is no need for bigger tweaks at the moment. You may count on a familiar cabin design, which has both good and bad sides. When it comes to good things, we particularly like the amount of cargo room. You may count on about 27.1 cubic feet (615 liters) behind the second row, while the overall cargo volume goes around 49.5 cubic feet (1.400 liters). Another thing we like about this cabin is the infotainment system. which is pretty straightforward and easy to use.
On the other side, the thing we really don’t like is the dashboard design. It features a couple of soft-touch surfaces, but most of them are just low-rent plastic. All in all, the dash looks dull, while another thing we don’t like is the lack of headroom in the second row. On the other side, the legroom is great in both rows.
Once again, things should remain pretty much the same as in the current model. That means you may count a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, and HD Radio. That’s a quite short list of tech goodies but there’s a lot of things that are available. Some of the highlights are a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, an additional USB port etc.
When it comes to safety, a rearview camera is the only standard feature, while the list of options is pretty long. Some of the highlights are things like rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane change alert, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
2021 Mitsubishi ASX Release Date and Redesign
Considering that we won’t see any particular change for the next year, we presume that the 2021 Mitsubishi ASX will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. Most likely, this will be the last model year of the current generation and the all-new model should arrive already in the next year.