The crowded sport-utility market will get another compact entry in about 18 months. Mitsubishi will begin selling a production version of the ASX concept, which made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show.
The ASX, a Honda CR-V-sized four-door, will sell for between $17,000 and $23,000 when it arrives, said Pierre Gagnon, CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America.
It will be built in Japan, he said.
The ASX is powered by a 2.4-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine that uses Mitsubishi's gasoline direct-injection technology. The system injects fuel and air separately into each cylinder, which reduces emissions and enhances fuel economy.
The engine in the show car was bolted to a four-speed automatic with electronic shift.
Two models will be offered, Gagnon said: a two-wheel-drive model with front-wheel drive, and an all-wheel-drive version.
It is based on the new JT platform, the same one used on the new Japanese market Lancer.
The Lancer goes on sale in Japan this summer.