2012 Mitsubishi ASX crossover is safest CUV in the segment

2012 Mitsubishi ASX crossover is safest CUV in the segment

Model named "Top Safety Pick" by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Mitsubishi Oman has announced that the 2012 ASX [also known as Outlander Sport in the US and RVR in Japan] was named a "Top Safety Pick" by the United States' Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the highest respected and authoritative vehicle research and crash test ratings agency.

Said Mark Tomlinson, General Manager of Mitsubishi Oman: “We are delighted that the 2012 ASX global compact crossover model has once again passed with flying colours a battery of stringent safety tests conducted by one of the world’s most respected testing agency in the US.”

In order for a production vehicle to be named a "Top Safety Pick" by the IIHS, an automobile must earn a "good" rating in all of the organization's crash test analysis. The ASX received a ‘good’ test score in four of the key areas of crash test evaluation including offset front impact, side and roof strength besides rear crash protection/head restraint ratings.

“This is not the first time this compact crossover has been recognized for its outstanding safety features. In 2011, the ASX received a five-star crash safety rating (the highest rating possible) from the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) and in 2010 received a five-star crash safety rating (the highest rating possible) from ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Programme),” said Jamal Wasti, National Sales Manager of Mitsubishi Oman.

Stylish and practical, mechanically the ASX is based on the same platform as the bigger Outlander, Lancer and Lancer Evolution X. The ASX is unique in many ways as it bridges the gap between Mitsubishi’s conventional passenger cars and its rugged off-roaders. Practicality and versatility are key to the appeal of the ASX. With a wheelbase identical to the bigger Outlander sibling, passenger space is generous, with the flexible seating inside giving the ASX real versatility for customers looking for a practical, enjoyable family car.

As a modern motor car constructed using Mitsubishi’s RISE safety technology which involves the usage of high-tensile steel sheets that deliver both reducing weight and increased crash safety, in an unlikely event of a crash, the impact energy is dissipated away from the passenger compartment. In addition, there’s ABS anti-lock braking, Active Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist an Emergency Stop Signal System and 7 airbags as standard in the ASX. Pedestrian protection technologies include a newly designed energy-absorbing front bumper to mitigate lower leg injury, plastic front bumpers that flex with light contact and a redesigned bonnet.

In Oman, the ASX is available with an improved version of the MIVEC 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder engine which produces 148hp at 6,000rpm and 143lb-ft of torque at 4,200rpm. What's more, the majority of the engine's torque is produced across a wide powerband of around 2,200 rpm all the way up to just below its redline at 6,500 rpm through its CVT transmission set-up..

“Be it a quick drive to the grocery store or a long highway drive, driver and passengers of the Mitsubishi ASX are treated to a refined car-like ride in comfortable surroundings and with a host of welcome features - all of which are made more impressive when considering this handsome and capable crossover's very attractive pricing,” added Mr Wasti.