2021 Mitsubishi ASX price and specs: Range gains four limited editions

Mitsubishi has bolstered its ASX range with four – count 'em, four – limited edition models. The range opens at $23,990 before on-roads.

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The Mitsubishi ASX, the brand’s cheapest crossover and Australia’s best-selling small SUV, has seen its range bolstered with four limited edition models.

UPDATE, 2/6/2021 11:30am – We’ve updated this article with pricing and specifications for four new limited edition models.

The limited edition ES-L, ES Plus, MR Plus and XLS Plus are available to order now.

The first two use the standard naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, with the MR Plus and XLS Plus upgrading to the larger 2.4-litre four found in the GSR and Exceed.

All four special editions, however, miss out on blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

“We are always looking for ways to optimise the range through spec and grade variants. Over the past year we’ve worked with our dealers to understand the challenges they have with supply constraints, largely related to COVID but now compounded with the semi-conductor challenges, and also what key features customers want to see,” said senior manager of product strategy Owen Thomson.

“We aren’t changing our core range – if you’ve always been a customer that drives, for example, an Outlander Exceed, then you can still order your Outlander Exceed.

“But we’ve been working together with our product team in Japan to work out how we can provide these using special edition models. We’re testing some of our thinking on range optimisation, and these special editions are available now.”

The entry price into the ASX range is unchanged for 2021 at $23,990 before on-road costs for the ES manual.

The base ES auto has returned from a brief absence but the ES ADAS auto, which packs additional driver assist features, no longer appears on price lists.

That means in order to get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, you’ll need to step up to the LS.

A handsome facelift in 2019 has helped the Mitsubishi ASX fend off much newer competition, although the MG ZS and ZST, Hyundai Kona and Kia Seltos provide some of the fiercest competition on the sales charts.

The ASX is somewhat of an anomaly on the new car market, actually increasing its sales numbers yearly since its launch with the exception of a single year.

Pricing

  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX ES 2.0 manual: $23,990
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX ES 2.0 auto: $26,240
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX ES-L 2.0 auto: $27,640
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX MR 2.0 auto: $27,990
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX ES Plus 2.0 auto: $28,590
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX LS 2.0 auto: $28,940
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX MR Plus 2.4 auto: $30,640
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX GSR 2.4 auto: $30,990
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX XLS Plus 2.4 auto: $33,140
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX Exceed 2.4 auto: $33,490

All prices exclude on-road costs.

Mitsubishi is currently offering the following nationwide drive-away pricing:

  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX ES 2.0 manual: $24,990
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX ES 2.0 auto: $27,240
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX ES-L 2.0 auto: $28,640
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX ES Plus 2.0 auto: $29,640
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX MR 2.0 auto: $28,990
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX LS 2.0 auto: $29,990
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX MR Plus 2.4 auto: $32,640
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX GSR 2.4 auto: $32,990
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX XLS Plus 2.4 auto: $36,140
  • 2021 Mitsubishi ASX Exceed 2.4 auto: $36,490

You can use the official Mitsubishi ASX configurator to build and price up one of these yourself. It’s also worth keeping an eye on the official Mitsubishi offers page to see if there are any deals on at the moment. If you’re seeking finance, Mitsubishi has a finance calculator which may help you better understand overall cost.

Engines

Most 2021 Mitsubishi ASX models use a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 110kW and 197Nm. It’s mated to a continuously-variable transmission (CVT), though the base ES comes standard with a five-speed manual.

The 2021 Mitsubishi ASX GSR and Exceed use a naturally-aspirated 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine producing 123kW and 222Nm and mated exclusively to a continuously-variable transmission (CVT).

All ASXs are front-wheel drive.

You can view the different engine specifications across the range on the official Mitsubishi ASX page or you can request a brochure from the Mitsubishi website.

Fuel Economy

When equipped with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder, the 2021 Mitsubishi ASX consumes 7.6L/100km on the combined cycle with the CVT and 7.7L/100km with the five-speed manual.

With the 2.4-litre four-cylinder, the 2021 Mitsubishi ASX consumes 7.9L/100km on the combined cycle.

All ASX models run on 91RON regular unleaded fuel and have a 63L fuel tank.

Dimensions

The 2021 Mitsubishi ASX measures 4365mm long, 1640mm tall and 1810mm wide.

The Mitsubishi ASX’s total luggage space is 393L, increasing to 1193L with the rear seats folded.

Servicing and Warranty

The 2021 Mitsubishi ASX requires servicing every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first.

Mitsubishi often throws in two years of free servicing but otherwise offers ten years of capped price servicing, with most services costing $299 except for years 6, 8 and 10 which cost $599. If you service with Mitsubishi, your warranty is ten years or 200,000km, whichever comes first.

Servicing out of network reduces that to five years and 100,000km.

Safety

When the Mitsubishi ASX was tested by ANCAP in 2014, it received a rating of five stars.

This rating was based on a frontal offset score of 14.13 out of 16 and a side impact score of 16 out of 16. Whiplash and pedestrian protection were rated Good and Acceptable, respectively.

All 2021 Mitsubishi ASX models come standard with autonomous emergency braking, anti-lock brakes, and front, front-side and curtain airbags plus a driver’s knee airbag.

All bar the base ES have lane-departure warning, while the LS, GSR and Exceed add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Standard Equipment

The base ES comes with the following standard features:

  • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Four-speaker sound system
  • LED headlights and daytime running lights
  • Reversing camera
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Climate control air-conditioning

The ES-L adds:

  • LED front fog lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic high-beam
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Rear parking sensors

The ES Plus adds:

  • Keyless entry and start
  • Privacy glass
  • Roof rails

The MR adds the following standard features over the base ES:

  • 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine
  • Black-finish 18-inch alloy wheels, grille and exterior mirrors
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Leather-wrapped handbrake
  • Rear parking sensors

The MR Plus adds over the MR:

  • Paddle shifters
  • Roof rails
  • Six-speaker sound system

Over the MR Plus, the XLS Plus adds:

  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium sound system
  • Satellite navigation
  • Leather upholstery

The ASX LS adds the following standard features over the ES:

  • Keyless entry and start
  • Privacy glass
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Roof rails

Over the LS, the GSR adds the following standard features:

  • 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine
  • Microsuede and leather upholstery
  • Paddle shifters
  • Leather-wrapped handbrake
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Black-finish 18-inch alloy wheels, grille and exterior mirrors

The range-topping Exceed also has the 2.4-litre engine but doesn’t include the GSR’s extra features, instead adding the following over the LS:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium sound system
  • Satellite navigation
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated front seats
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Ambient lighting

Mitsubishi have a comparison tool which may help you understand the differences across the ASX range. Or you can build and price one up using the official ASX configurator.

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