• Jan 19th 2010 at 10:29AM
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Last month we told you a new compact crossover is on its way from Mitsubishi that will be called the RVR when it goes on sale in Japan. Today the Tri-Star automaker announced that the little CUV will wear the ASX badge in Europe and make its official debut at the upcoming 2010 Geneva Motor Show in early March. We've been told the RVR/ASX will eventually make it to American shores, but whether or not it gets yet another name is up to Mitsubishi.

In Europe, the ASX will be offered with a wide array of engines including a 1.8-liter diesel that can be combined with a six-speed manual transmission and what Mitsubishi is calling "Automatic Stop & Go," which we assume is their label for stop/start technology. Considering the CUV's small size and presumably light weight, that combo should yield impressive results at European pumps.

[Source: Mitsubishi]
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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will premiere its ASX all-new compact crossover from Tuesday March 2, 2010 to Sunday March 14, 2010 at the 80th Geneva International Motor Show held at the Geneva Palexpo in Switzerland.

The ASX is the European-spec version of the Japanese RVR, which is slated to go on sale in Japan from February 2010. MMC's new compact crossover will seat 5 and will be sequentially introduced in European countries from late spring 2010, aimed at expanding MMC's passenger car footprint in the region, following in the footsteps of the larger and recently redesigned Outlander mid-size crossover.

Amongst other available powertrains, the European-spec version will be fitted with an all-new Euro 5-compliant 1.8L turbocharged direct-injection diesel engine jointly developed by MMC and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and will feature "Automatic Stop & Go" technology. Together with a 6-speed manual transmission, this combination will provide high environmental efficiency.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      i hope u cooperate schmucks read these blogs-i am or was a mitsu fan i hav a starion to this day.before my first new car was a 85 cordia and had a 88 cordia turbo and a 85 station turbo and now 88 starion.U quit making the 3000 GTs and u made them unaffordable them to buy,redesign of galant-looked like Honda Accord want-a-be,no more Diamonte,no Eclipe turbos,U GOT AWAY FROM WHAT GOT U THERE.U got nothing i would buy thats why your sales are down and the economy fallen.Bring back a rear-drive car do Starion,Diamonte-V-6 and V8 engines.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad... one of the best looking soft-roaders, IMO.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Im sorry but this is the honest truth.....

      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad. These 'tall hatchbacks' are becoming the go-to car for people who are looking to downsize from an SUV but don't want to give up the higher seating position.

      For a stereotypically chick-car segment (CUVs) this definitely looks more like a car dudes wouldn't mind driving, versus the current version of the Tiguan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Check out more details, including a leaked brochure and more pics at


      At the site, yo can use the previous arrow to check out other information about RVR [ASX in Europe}
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mostly good but they need to tone down the gaping jaw.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh Lord! And I thought the Mazda "smiley mouth" was a shocker.
      Mitsu "one-upped" Mazda by a grand scale.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like this, as well as the new Lancer, Outlander, and Colt (with the new schnoz).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mitsu needs more than just this CUV to stay alive, but I think it's a good start. It's rare that the 'design language' of a company's cars works so well on it's trucks too - it's a nice looking CUV in my opinion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's alright. I was hoping for something more along the lines of the Toyota Venza than the Rav-4, but for those people in that market (CR-V, Escape) then I think it could be very competetive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This vehicle, if priced and marketed correctly might have a chance. But they need to stop this fascination with the Lancer front end before their entire model line looks as poorly as Acura's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do we honestly need more and more new models? Every day in auto blog I see a new car ready to come to US soil and every brand has a whole line up but still are competing within themselves too much. Many brand now has many 4 door sedans and at least 2 coupes. And a whole lot of crossover/sports wagon/compact SUV or whatever they call it cars. Wish they will all streamline and make limited models and put some focus on engineering better new vehicles and not clones of the same old ones.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mitsubishi definitely needs more models. Particularly good ones. We've lost whole brands this year and you are complaining about a new model from a very small player in the market.
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