Mitsubishi SA cuts prices of its ASX

Compact SUV drops R40,000 in price for the manual and R20,000 for the auto

26 March 2019 - 15:06 By Motoring Reporter
The Mitsubishi ASX has been positioned below the newly-launched Eclipse Cross.
The Mitsubishi ASX has been positioned below the newly-launched Eclipse Cross.
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In a market where price reductions are a rarity, Mitsubishi Motors South Africa has made its ASX compact SUV cheaper.

The range, which previously comprised five derivatives, has been rationalised to two models: the ASX ES manual at R359,995 and the ASX ES CVT automatic at R379,995.

The ES is mechanically identical and has the same specification as the previous ASX GLX which sold for R399,995, but at substantial savings of R40,000 for the manual and R20,000 for the auto.

Braam Faul, Mitsubishi’s national marketing manager, attributes the price realignment to the recent introduction of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV at R399,995 for the 2WD model and R449,995 for the all-wheel drive derivative.

Mitsubishi didn’t want the new Eclipse Cross to cannibalise sales of the ASX, and has therefore positioned the latter at a lower price point.

The good news is that there’s been no spec-stripping and the ASX ES models come fully stacked with convenience and safety features. The safety includes seven airbags, ABS brakes, electronic traction control (CVT derivative), rear park distance control, and hill start assist (CVT derivative).

Both models also tick off standard niceties like a rear view camera, keyless operating system, and daytime running lights.

The multi-function steering wheel offers complete control over the built-in Bluetooth and Voice Recognition systems as well as cruise control, while both models also boast a panoramic glass roof, cruise control, touch screen infotainment, automatic air conditioning, USB sockets, and electric windows.

As before, power is supplied by a 2.0l petrol engine with outputs of 110kW and 197Nm of torque, powering the front wheels via either either a CVT auto or 5-speed manual transmission.

Prices include a 3 year/100,000km warranty, 5 year/90,000km service plan, and 5-year / unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance.