Mitsubishi ASX in Geneva hints at new Outlander Sport in US

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Mitsubishi says that the SUV is designed for the city with versatility and a lightweight, compact body.

In Europe, the ASX will have one engine - a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre 4cyl petrol engine that can be connected to either a five-speed manual or a CVT with a "six-speed sports mode" - most likely similar to Subaru's Lineartronic 'box that engineers in steps in the transmission. 2020 models get the RISE impact safety body and Forward Collision Mitigation braking system.

You'll also notice a two-tier grille with vertical inserts, the latter also inspiring the skid plate near the base of the bumper. The new styling makes the hood deeper, adding to the presence projected by the front end. In a way, the front end does resemble that of the Eclipse Cross, with sectioned-off fog lamp-signal lamp clusters placed below slimmer headlamps.

The ASX uses LED rear combination lamps (except turn signals) in a sharp-looking design that stretches across the width of the auto and accentuates the wide stance.

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The ASX is now available in vivid, intensely brilliant Red Diamond, sporty and energetic Sunshine Orange, and sleek, refined Oak Brown.

Inside, the company says its smartphone-link display audio system has been improved, now offering "more advanced" connectivity. Designers have also made a few adjustments to the interior, centering around a slightly larger eight-inch infotainment display. The system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and apparently allows you watch videos stored on USB (when the vehicle is stopped). The app will check fuel remaining and provide navigation to the nearest fuel stations, and will provide guidance on optimum maintenance and inspection intervals.

The updated model will appear for the first time at the Geneva motor show in March, alongside a mysterious Mitsubishi concept called Engelberg.

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