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Mitsubishi Compact SUV's


By Thami Masemola on 10 Mar 2022

Mitsubishi has sold, on average, 70 units per month of the ASX ever since it first came into the scene in South Africa back in 2011. It is one of the brand’s success stories. Easy to see why, since it is the most compact SUV in their range, with a price to match. The ASX is powered by a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine making 110kW and 197Nm of torque to either a 5-speed manual or CVT automatic.

ASX is equipped with lots of features that target buyers look for in a car, many of which are standard kit. They include LED daytime running lights, folding side mirrors, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, USB connectivity, electric windows all around, Hill Start Assist, Park Distance Control and others.

Strictly speaking the Xpander is not exactly an SUV, but because of its raised height and SUV like styling, it appeals to both SUV and MPV customers The market segment in which the Xpander participates seems to be expanding so to speak, especially for family vehicles between R300 000 and R350 000. Yes, the exterior is bold and attractive, with that familiar X-shaped front grille, clear headlights, a muscular side profile with 15-inch wheels at base, and LED rear tail lights.

However, perhaps the most pertinent feature is the third row of seats which means the vehicle can accommodate up to 7 passengers. That row and the second can be configured in different ways to swallow up whatever occupants and/ or luggage is required. Xpander is pushed forward by a 1.5-litre engine producing 77kW and 141Nm of torque. Mitsubishi says it will return about 7 litres per 100km at the fuel pumps.

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Possibly the most stylish and one of the most advanced cars in the Mitsubishi line-up is the Eclipse Cross, a coupe-like SUV with all the latest tech from the brand. The design stands out, with its sporty lines, strong grille and big, dusk-sensing LED headlights. Some highlights include rain-sensing wipers, folding electric side mirrors, front Park Distance Control, Android Auto and Apple Car Play mirroring, paddle shifts behind the multifunction steering wheel and others.

Power is sourced from a 1.5-litre turbo charged petrol engine driving the front wheels though a CVT transmission, and a normally aspirated 2.0-litre. The former delivers maximum power of 110kW and 250Nm of torque for strong acceleration as well as overtaking, while the latter does its own 110kW with less torque of 198Nm.

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