Mitsubishi has taken the wraps off its new ASX ahead of next month’s Geneva motor show.

The compact SUV, launched in 2009, is one of the company’s big success stories, the car that keeps on keeping on and it will not be looking to upset the apple cart.

The exterior design has undergone a major overhaul, with the latest evolution of MMC’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ front design concept.

The bumper embraces the central protective shape from both sides and the squared horizontal and vertical line treatment of the grille and the skid plate under the bumper expresses strength and toughness.

The new styling makes the hood deeper, adding to the presence projected by the front end.

The distinctive LED lighting layout, which locates the turn signals and fog lamps at the ends of the bumper, stamps a Mitsubishi brand look on the front end.

The ASX uses LED rear combination lamps (except turn signals) in a sharp-looking design that stretches across the width of the car and accentuates the wide stance.

The skid plate styling of the underside of the bumper projects a look of strength.

Inside Mitsubishi’s latest Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA) has been improved, with an 8.0-inch screen that offers more advanced connectivity.

Videos stored on USB memory sticks can also now be viewed on the SDA screen.

In an about face, top of the line will now come with ‘Tom Tom’ navigation, with real-time traffic information accessed through a smartphone.

Available soon will be an app that uses speedometer, odometer, warning lamp and other vehicle information.

The app will check fuel remaining and provide navigation to the nearest fuel stations, and will provide guidance on optimum maintenance and inspection intervals.

In Europe it will be offered with a 2.0-litre petrol engine, in two or all-wheel drive form, paired with a 5-speed manual or CVT style auto.

So it sounds like business as usual for us.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.