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Auto option and price cut for ASX.

Byline: MIKE TORPEY newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk

MITSUBISHI has added an automatic model to its popular ASX line-up, which has been refreshed for 2014.

The self-shifter is available on the PS23,899 top spec ASX 4 2.2-litre diesel 4WD version of a model that has sold 340,000 around the world since its launch in 2010.

The range kicks off with the ASX2 1.6 petrol front wheel-drive model, with five-speed manual gearbox, at PS14,999 - a PS1,500 reduction on current pricing.

There's also a 1.8-litre Di-D diesel engine, with six-speed manual transmission, which can be specified with either front or four-wheel drive. It costs PS18,750, with an extra PS3,749 for 4WD.

Based on the same platform as the Outlander, Lancer and Lancer Evolution X, the ASX bridges the gap between the Japanese manufacturer's passenger cars and its off-roaders.

Practicality and versatility are strongpoints of the ASX, which has a wheelbase to match the larger Outlander.

Helping the ASX achieve impressive economy - 47.1mpg Combined for the 1.6, 55.4mpg for the 1.8 diesel engine while the 2.2 achieves 48.7mpg - and emissions figures, are low rolling resistance tyres, regenerative brakes and intelligent power management.

Its annual road tax costs range from PS125 for the 1.6 petrol engine to PS175 for the 2.2 diesel engine.

All models have alloy wheels, air con, electric windows and keyless entry while Bluetooth, leather upholstery, sat nav, seat heaters and a reversing camera are also available.

Mitsubishi's UK chief Lance Bradley said: 'The crossover marketplace has grown rapidly in recent years and Mitsubishi Motors has been a key player in this important segment.

"The ASX is a stylish, well-priced, practical contender that has won many admirers and delivers genuine driving pleasure."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 14, 2014
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