Mitsubishi introduces new compact SUV range in SA

Following the arrival of the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi Motors South Africa has launched its new Compact SUV Range strategy aligning its compact sport utility vehicles on a variety of value points.

“Our new strategy will emphasise the value for money offered by our SUV product range, all coming in at under the R500 000 mark,” says Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa.

The line-up of the Compact SUV range, excluding the full-size SUVs in the range (Pajero, Pajero Sport) includes ASX ES M/T, ASX ES CVT, Eclipse Cross 2WD CVT, Eclipse Cross AWD CVT and Outlander AWD CVT.

The South African range of Mitsubishi vehicles – suited to the unique local landscape and travelling conditions – offers a strong Compact SUV range with the same world-class reliability, style and uncompromising performance as any Mitsubishi vehicle.

“The latest addition to the range, the Eclipse Cross, is a cross-over that fits neatly in a Compact SUV sandwich with the Mitsubishi ASX at the bottom and the Outlander on top,” says Campbell. “From a price point of view, our Compact SUV range is quite comprehensive in terms of covering the needs of our customers.”

Incorporating Mitsubishi’s new Dynamic Shield Design for the ASX, the complete Compact SUV range now boasts the same design language. It combines two crucial elements that make up its single unifying identity: protection and performance.

The brand-new ASX ES focuses on easy, everyday use and the equivalent value-for-money specification similar to the rest of Mitsubishi Motors’ products, combining adventure with practicality.

The ASX comes with advanced passive and active safety technology and is equipped with a 7-airbag system, for increased safety for every seat. The advanced RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) Body Construction is an all-direction collision safety design. The result is improved safety for all occupants, regardless of impact direction.

Other ASX highlights include the boot space (normally 442 litres) that can easily be transformed into an enormous 1193 litres, simply by folding the seats forward.

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 Keyless Operating System with a unique Smart Key that works within a 70 cm radius from the vehicle for easy locking and unlocking. Once inside, the driver can start the engine with the touch of a button.

The ASX, available from Group 1 Mitsubishi,  is covered by Mitsubishi’s Manufacturer’s Warranty of 3 years or 100 000km, a 5-year / 90 000 km Service Plan and a 5-year / unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance. Service intervals are every 15 000 km.


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2019 Mitsubishi Triton in Adventure trim

Following its appearance at the recent Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 18), the refreshed Mitsubishi Triton is currently on display at My Town Shopping Centre from December 7-9. This time, we are allowed inside the pick-up truck, giving us our first look at the Malaysian-spec interior that customers will get when the model is launched in the first quarter of 2019.

The unit you see here wears the Adventure trim (based on the badging) – similar to the one at KLIMS – and features exterior items like slim projector headlamps, 18-inch six twin-spoke alloy wheels with 265/60 profile tyres, chrome side mirror caps and door handles, LED tail lights, reverse camera, keyless entry, side steps, as well as front and rear parking sensors.

Meanwhile, the interior equipment list includes a leather-wrapped, multi-function, four-spoke steering wheel; multi-info coloured instrument display; dual-zone climate control with rear ceiling vents; touchscreen infotainment system; leather upholstery; Super Select 4WD II dial; keyless engine start; powered driver’s seat; along with front and rear USB charging ports.

Based on the visible switches and sensors on the pick-up, the Triton in Adventure trim also gets a suite of advanced safety systems like Forward Collision Mitigation, Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist, which should be accompanied by Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Other safety features as mentioned before are seven airbags, electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Active Stability with Traction Control(ASTC), Hill-Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descend Control (HDC) and Trailer Stability Assist (TSA).

MMM has already confirmed that the new Triton will come with the 4N15 2.4 litre MIVEC turbo-diesel engine, as well as the new six-speed automatic transmission that replaces the five-speed INVECS II unit.

To test drive the new Mitsubishi Triton – visit a Group 1 Mitsubishi dealership.
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Mitsubishi Outlander Offers Good Bang For Your Buck

The Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the least expensive small SUVs offering three-row seating, all-weather-capability, lots of features, and safety tech for growing families, and still offers plenty of value. In this super-competitive segment, there are a lot of choices for consumers. See if it’s a good fit for you.

What’s new for 2019?

For the 2019 model year, the Mitsubishi Outlander gets refreshed styling including new headlights, steering and suspension tweaks for better ride comfort and handling, and new rear-seat climate control vents.


Features & Options

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 2.4 S-AWC comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights and taillights, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, second-row air vents, a 60/40-split folding second-row seat that slides and reclines, a 50/50-split third-row seat, a rearview camera, voice controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with a 7-inch touchscreen display and a USB port.

SE also comes with fog lights, keyless ignition and entry, power-adjustable front passenger seats, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a second-row USB port, and an upgraded audio system with satellite radio. The SE also has an optional Convenience package that includes a sunroof, power-folding side mirrors, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

This tester came with the optional Convenience Package including a power glass sunroof, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change assists, and Rear Cross Traffic alert, and power-folding side mirrors. Total MSRP including destination ion.


Interior Highlights

Stepping inside the Outlander SE revealed comfortable leather-trimmed seats and plenty of soft-touch materials throughout the cabin. The front seats are supportive with lower cushions just long enough for tall people, and outward visibility is excellent. Unlike many crossovers in this class, the second row doesn’t feel flat and hard, and it’s comfortable enough for adults.

The 60/40 split fold-down second-row seats offer a slide and reclining feature making it easier to access the third row. You can slide the second row fore and aft, like other three-row models. Both the second and third rows fold flat, creating a very useful cargo floor with a low load height. There are small side boxes just aft of the wheel wells, plus a small under-floor storage compartment that can hide a laptop. Behind the third row, there is 10.3 cubic feet of cargo space and 63.3 cubic feet with all seats folded.


Engine & Fuel Mileage Specs

The Outlander SE is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. It comes paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). This tester comes with Mitsubishi’s S-AWC all-wheel-drive system that’s ideal for those living in cold weather climates.

Mitsubishi Super All Wheel Control offers four different modes (Eco, Normal, Snow, Lock) that affect the system’s parameters, with Lock being the high-traction mode for off-road driving.

EPA fuel mileage estimates come in at 24/29 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg.


Driving Dynamics

The Mitsubishi Outlander is an undemanding crossover that’s quiet, comfortable, and well-mannered on the open road. It can seem a bit soft and detached from the driver, and the 2.4-liter has enough power for most driving situations. We pushed it hard going up I-70 at 9,000 feet elevation and it held it’s own while hauling two people. Add a full complement of kids and gear and it will struggle, however. If you drive in the city, which most families will, it will supply your needs well.

Families who want the security of all-wheel-drive will benefit from Mitsubishi’s many years of rally racing where they perfected the system. The system is called S-AWC, which sends the optimum torque split in every situation, including when just one wheel is on ice. We were able to test the SEL on a dirt trail in the mountains and we felt confident in the Outlander’s ability to get us anywhere safe and secure.

Even though the optional electronic safety lane-departure warning is a bit annoying, it worked almost too well as we traveled the two-lane mountain roads. It also features a forward collision mitigation system that notifies the driver if you are following a vehicle too closely. If the driver fails to react, it automatically applies the brakes to reduce the severity of an impact.



If you need an affordable 3-Row seven-seat family crossover, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander SE S-AWC from Group 1 Mitsubishi gives you a good bang for the buck. If you live in a cold weather climate and need all-wheel-drive, Mitsubishi has one of the best. We see the advantages of the Outlander to be, it’s all-weather capability, excellent outward visibility, safety technology and three rows of seating.

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Mitsubishi ASX Sport edition adds colour and tech

Mitsubishi has taken some of that orange and black flavouring that it applied to the Triton ‘Athlete’ special edition and applied it to a new range-topping Mitsubishi ASX edition called the Sport.

The ASX Sport is based on the GLX model and sells for the same base price, but according to Mitsubishi it adds R30 000 worth of extras.

Most notably, it adds an upgraded infotainment system that is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As before, the factory-fitted 17.8cm touchscreen infotainment system also features satellite navigation and Bluetooth.

On the outside, the Sport has been dressed up with a number of styling accessories, including a Sport decal set that consists of various black and orange strips as well as carbon fibre inserts.

The special edition can be ordered with either white or grey exterior paint, and in both cases, it rolls on a set of gloss black alloy wheels.

As with the GLX it’s based on, the Sport features a lengthy list of standard features, including a full-length panoramic glass roof, leather upholstered seats (heated up front and electrically adjustable for the driver), keyless entry and start, HID headlights and seven airbags.

Oh, and Mitsubishi has thrown in a set of ASX Sport branded carpets.

Power comes from the familiar 2-litre normally aspirated four-cylinder engine (110kW/197Nm), sending power to the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox.


Aftersales coverage comes in the form of a three-year/100 000km warranty and five-year/90 000km service plan.


If you want to know more about the Mitsubishi ASX base model, check out Group 1 Mitsubishi’s ASX review.


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The Mitsubishi Pajero Legend II is ‘one heck of an off-roader’!

Mitsubishi has kitted-out its Pajero three-door 3.2DI-D GLS short wheelbase (SWB), as well as the long-wheelbase variant, with accessories that should keep it as fresh as possible, at least until the new generation arrives.

…the automaker calls it the Legend II.

How do I work Bluetooth?!

As a millennial I’d like to think that I have an inkling of how to navigate my way through a vehicle’s infotainment system but I had never felt more out of place trying to pair my phone to the Pajeor’s Bluetooth system. Ultimately it wasn’t all that difficult…

The USB port is hidden behind a latch in the cabihole, but though there is a feature for an auxiliary connection, no ports were found anywhere. If there is one, better get your expedition gear ready.

The on-board computer gives all the relevant details drivers would require, but the digital layout is old and dated.

The Mitsubishi Pajero SWB boasts an easy-to-use electric driver seat, heaters for both front seats, an electric sunroof, folding side mirrors, cruise control and headlight washers!

Rear passengers may find the three-door configuration a bit of a hassle, because it’s only the front passenger seat that makes provision for rear entry/exit.

Showing its worth

Yes, by no stretch of the imagination the Pajero Legend II SWB is undoubtedly one of the best off-roaders in South Africa today.

During the test period I paid a visit to one of the off-road trails just outside Cape Town. It’s a daunting experience going there for the first time, and a proper machine is needed to tackle the obstacles. After deflating the wheels to 1.0-bar I lined up at the start of the course and set off into the unknown.

Engaging the various 4×4 settings is still done with an extra stick next to the gear lever and for every setting the gearbox needs to be put in Neutral. For the sand, I started off in 4x4H (default mode is 4×2). But as I ventured deeper into the unknown and the wheels spun a bit more than usual, I engaged 4x4HLc and the Pajero carried on as if the sand was not even there.

At the first incline I positioned the SUV and set off, but experienced too much wheel spin and had to let the Pajero do a roll-back. If this had been a competition that would have been ten points gone!

I lined up again, but this time elected to engage 4x4LLC. This mode deactivates the traction settings, but manages power to all four wheels for improved grip. I approached the incline and managed to scale it without any hassle. More inclines followed throughout the course and not once did the Pajero show any signs of finding something difficult.

Navigating around bends and through tight spaces proved easy for this Pajero thanks to its short measurements. And with approach and departure angles of 34.8° and 36.7°, respectively, no obstacle could halt the progress this scallywag was making.

Is it worth it?

This 3-door Pajero GLS Legend II is as capable in the bundus as a champion mountaineer scaling Table Mountain. This SUV is as rugged as they come and when the overall persona of the Legend II is taken into consideration, then it starts making sense why Mitsubishi opted not to make it too modern.

The Pajero needs to be robust, because it is just about the only true 4×4 left in SA. Mitsubishi is persevering with an offering that it knows is literally the last of a dying breed. But off-road enthusiasts will know that this vehicle is what’s needed when you trade the city-life for bashing through wildernesses. It’s the type of SUV you need when going away on a weekend to where it is near inhospitable for ordinary vehicles to travel.

If a fun, weekend-vehicle is what you’re after or if adventure is at the forefront of your existence, this SUV should be near the very top of your wishlist.

This SUV is huge fun – find the Mitsubishi Pajero SWB, that suits your lifestyle and the adventurer in you, at Group 1 Mitsubishi today!

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Mitsubishi ASX 2019 review

Over the last near-decade, the Mitsubishi ASX has consistently sold without any major changes. Evolution has been the name of the game (ironically), with now-annual running changes to the ASX to try and keep it fresh.

The compact SUV segment is enormously competitive, with new entrants squeezing the ASX harder than ever. Amazingly, despite being ready for the pension, it still manages to post excellent sales figures when by rights it should be languishing near the bottom – old cars are old news.

Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?

The MY19 upgrade – one of many over the ASX’s long and fruitful life – has brought some changes to the price list and a rejig of the available models. There’s a new entry-level model, the ES, the mid-point LS and a range-topping Exceed. All pricing is RRP and how much you pay is between you and your dealer. The drive-way price is helpfully listed on the Mitsubishi website, however. Our model comparison features the full price range.

A big change for MY19 is the end of the all-wheel drive (AWD) for the ASX, with just front-wheel drive on offer. So no more AWD option, meaning if you’re after an off-road review, you’re out of luck.

The value proposition is pretty reasonable – you get 18-inch alloys, four-speaker stereo, climate control, reversing camera, halogen headlights, leather gear shifter and steering wheel, power folding rear vision mirrors, cruise control, power windows all round, cloth trim and a space saver spare tyre.

The ES ADAS is essentially the ES with a safety pack, which you can read about in the safety section.

Moving on to the second of the three models, the LS is auto-only – so no manual transmission. To the ES spec you can add keyless entry and start, the ‘ADAS’ safety package, rear parking sensors, fog lights, auto high beam, auto headlights and wipers and partial leather seats with fake suede inserts (which are rather good, actually).

The ES and LS comes with a four-speaker sound system while the top of the range Exceed scores six speakers. All of them have the same 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system. What is standard across the range is iPhone and Android integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto respectively. The new screen looks good and the updated software is easy to use, but it’s not very well integrated – for instance, Apple CarPlay’s clock disappears off the edge of the screen.

There is no sat nav (hmmm) or CD player (far enough, it’s 2018), but there is digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a baffling screen that displays your GPS co-ordinates.

There are seven colours available – Black, ‘Lightning Blue’, ‘Titanium’ (grey, obviously), Red, ‘Sterling Silver’, ‘Starlight’ and White.

Is there anything interesting about its design?

The early cars were a study in minimalism and looked so bare they could have come straight out of an early Grand Theft Auto game, such was the lack of detailing. These later models feature lashings of chrome and a far less timid approach, on the nose at least. The profile has been the same for the better part of a decade, with just the occasional addition like new wheels or wing mirrors.

The 18-inch wheels give the car a good solid stance and the paint looks pretty good these days. Inside has once again had a going-over. The last proper update to the cabin made it a much better place to be. The part-suede interior of the LS is the one to go for, the Exceed’s leather merely adds to the overall cheap-feel. The ASX is entirely unpretentious – no soft plastics, no attempt to cover gaps or blanks (the fifth cupholder is now covered by a dodgy-looking cap) and the switchgear is a mix-and-match arrangement to get the job done.

How practical is the space inside?

Straight up, I’ll answer a common question – how many seats? The ASX is as near as you’ll get to a five-seater in this segment. Interior photos show generous interior dimensions, its boxy exterior design delivering a good size cabin.

Front seat passengers score a pair of cupholders and a decent-sized central bin with a lid on top doubling as an armrest. Rear seat passengers miss out on many things – there’s just one seatback pocket but there are two cupholders in the armrest.

Boot space starts with 393 litres, which is near the top of the class. If it’s maximum luggage capacity you’re after, drop the 60/40 split-fold rear seat and you’ll have 1193 litres.

Despite looking like it’s on stilts, the ground clearance is 205mm, which is about the same as the segment’s low-rider, the Mazda CX-3. As you might expect, if you’re this low-slung – and without 4 wheel drive, off-road ability is compromised.

The 4.4m long ASX’s turning circle is a small-ish 10.6 metres.

What are the key stats for the engine and transmission?

The ASX’s model simplification extends to the drivetrain. Gone is AWD and diesel, leaving just one petrol engine. The engine specs read fairly adequately – the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder delivers 110kW/197Nm. As with the rest of the segment, engine size and power seems to be legislated to almost these exact specifications.

The 0-100 acceleration performance is best described as leisurely and noisy. The motor, codenamed 4B11, uses a chain rather than timing belt, which should help keep service costs down and improve long-term reliability. The 4B11 is capable of producing a lot more horsepower, but sadly the version of the engine in the Evo X is not available.

On the upside, this simplicity means no turbo problems or diesel problems and in this unstressed spec, engine problems are unlikely to occur with regular servicing.

Power reaches the front wheels through Mitsubishi’s ubiquitous continuously variable transmission (CVT). LS buyers can choose a less than bang-up-to-date five-speed manual, but that’s probably down to the fact almost nobody buys a manual.

If you’re interested in the tank size, oil type and weight, the owners manual lists these things. The CVT seems a hardy if unspectacular unit, so gearbox problems appear unusual in my sweep of the usual internet forums. The CVT’s abilities, however, are another thing entirely.

Towing capacity is rated at 750kg unbraked and 1300kg braked.

Just in case you’re wondering, there is no LPG (or gas) option.

How much fuel does it consume?

Mitsubishi says the ASX’s fuel economy figures are 7.6L/100km of 91 RON petrol. Fuel tank capacity is listed at 63 litres. If you can eke out this sticker figure mileage you could squeeze out nearly 800km of range. We found its real-world fuel consumption is closer to 11.5L/100km in a mix of city and highway driving.

What safety equipment is fitted? What safety rating?

Across the range you get seven airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls, reversing camera and emergency brake assist.

If you need to load up a baby car seat, there are three top-tether anchor points and two ISOFIX anchors.

In the interests of transparency and for an opportunity to self-deprecate for your amusement, about a year ago I wrote that the ASX was missing advanced safety systems and was unlikely to see them anytime soon.

A few weeks later, Mitsubishi released an update which included forward AEB, something that is standard on its CX-3 rival.

That update is called the ADAS package, optional on the ES and standard on the LS and Exceed. ADAS includes lane departure warning, lane change assist, forward AEB and rear cross traffic alert. You also get auto wipers and headlights and rear parking sensors.

The ASX has a maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating, awarded in 2014.

What does it cost to own? What warranty is offered?

The ASX now has a five-year/100,000km warranty with one year of roadside assist in the form of membership to your state or territory’s motoring organisation (eg RACV, RACT, NRMA). The three-year capped price servicing regime also includes extending that membership another 12 months.

What’s it like to drive?

The ASX is the archetypal appliance on wheels. It’s one of the least involving cars you will ever drive. The inconsistently-weighted steering completely insulates you from the road. It seems to need an extra quarter turn to do anything and that gets tired pretty quickly.


There’s still life in the old dog. It’s also cheaper than before, although why you’d want to spend money on the Exceed when you have everything that’s worthwhile in the ES ADAS or LS is beyond me. As for the pick of the range, I’d go for the LS – it has the nicer interior trim and better seats.

The ASX will be with us for a while yet – as the newest member of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, whatever was on the way has been delayed. So for now, the ASX is the roomiest, cheapest and among the best-equipped in its class. Have a look at the ASX range available from Group 1 Nissan.

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