Interiors of a sports car, exteriors of a crossover – an apt description for the 2018 Mitsubishi ASX EVO. Built on the platform of XR-PHEV concept, Mitsubishi has decided to create a genre of its own. They have named it the sports crossover section, and ASX EVO perfectly falls into that category. With a complete redesign, it’s high time to put this Japanese creation under the knife.
What does it look like?
Using one word, it looks sharp, and every possible way. The first notable feature is its square-shaped LED projector headlights which come in groups of four. They look mean, and that is what the least to say. The height is short increasing aerodynamics and improving ergonomics. It comes with a totally redesigned new grille which consists of two horizontally aligned chrome bars. Fog lamps are concealed and pop up on the press of a button.
Another notable feature is its tail lamps. 2018 Mitsubishi ASX EVO has a pair of uniquely designed sharp edged LED tail lamps that have an inverted L design running flow design from top to bottom. The tail lamps are designed such that on a casual look, it appears to be the vehicles spoilers. It also sports a big black rear bumper which gives EVO an aggressive stance.
21 inches provide superior grip
Mitsubishi ASX EVO 2018 has been equipped with large 21-inch aluminum wheels. Being a sports variant although this is unlikely, Mitsubishi claims that these wheels will have electronic power distribution which will enable it to transfer power to a single wheel while taking tight corners or going for extreme off-roading.
Interiors of a sports car
The interiors of 2018 Mitsubishi ASX EVO are a treat to the eyes. Most notable feature includes the very popular D-shaped steering wheel which provides better leg room for the driver. In addition, the dash sports a 3-segment digital instrument cluster which provides all needed information at the driver’s disposal.
Infotainment has been taken care of with an 8-inch diagonal touch screen system which is sure to come with Bluetooth, Navigation and Android Auto as standard. Standard leather cushioned seater have been substituted for sporty bucket seats that provide all the safeties required for a driver. The interiors have an orange theme finish which not only looks good but also provides for the sportiness of the crossover.
A possible hybrid engine
As per latest sources, Mitsubishi ASX EVO 2018 is likely to get a 2 L turbocharged engine producing 300 HP of power and 305 lb-ft of torque. Speculations say it may sport a hybrid powertrain, but nothing yet has been confirmed or denied by Mitsubishi. If they come true, this combined powertrain will produce close to 400 HP of power.
Since Mitsubishi is likely to use Lancer’s engine, acceleration will stand at 3.8 seconds for the 0-60 mph run. Considering the size of a crossover, this is exceptionally fast. On the other hand, EPA ratings will be around 17 mpg in cities, 24 mpg on highways and 19 mpg combined.
Price and Release Date
With a total redesign expect 2018 Mitsubishi ASX EVO to hit world market by mid-2018. Pricing for this vehicle is still unknown although sources claim it to be starting around $50,000 onwards.