A second facelift for the Mitsubishi ASX gets the SUV to the latest design image

The Japanese automaker has decided to forego its traditional high-performance sedan, the Lancer EVO X, but seems ready to bring the spirit back when dealing with the brand’s crossovers.

For example Mitsubishi is attempting – without much success – the feat with a second facelift applied on the Mitsubishi ASX (or RVR or Outlander Sport, however you prefer). The ASX gets the name in Europe, while in Japan and Canada is known as the RVR and as the Outlander Sport in the United States and Indonesia. Here since way back in 2010, the ASX is in dire need of a replacement – instead, after almost seven years on the market gets a second facelift. Yes, it might have to do with Mitsu loosing huge chunks of cash due to the fuel economy scandal.

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According to the company, the second facelift for the ASX / RVR / Outlander Sport “continues to improve on this [sales] success with steady freshening to keep up with market trends and customers’ demand as well as the brand’s own evolution.” Hmm, we might disagree. The Dynamic Shield design language that looks great on the Outlander is really not the thing on the smaller sibling. MY 2017 updates include a shark fin antenna, more padding for the rear seats, new seat material, 18-inch wheels, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. There’s also a new engine: 1.6-liter turbo diesel with 114 PS (112 horsepower), complete with Auto Stop & Go technology.