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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday April 11 2018 31 Driven Local News Now Mitsubishi ASX not to be outclassed Fire rages, homes at risk • By Ross Kiddie MITSUBISHI Motors New Zealand has initiated a solid marketing campaign for its new sport utility vehicle, the Eclipse Cross. That doesn’t surprise me, the newcomer is a smart piece of kit and it deserves to command a big slice of the mid-size SUV market. However, it must be remembered that Mitsubishi here has another mid-size SUV contender – the ASX – and it has been heavily facelifted for 2018. Meaning active smart crossover, the ASX was introduced to New Zealand in 2011 and has also been a popular seller, its concept appeals to family buyers at a value-based entry point as well, the new series tempts from just under $30k. There are four models in the ASX line-up, two petrol and two diesel, the latter in four-wheeldrive. This evaluation focuses on the entry-level two-wheel-drive XLS at $29,990; an extra $10,600 will get you into a high-spec VRX, while the two 2.3-litre diesel models list at $41,990 and $45,990 respectively. While I’d far prefer the diesel, the carryover 2-litre petrol engine is still a fine unit, it is the same engine which has powered Lancer through the years. MITSUBISHI ASX: Choice of petrol or diesel engines. The 1998cc unit develops 112kW and 200Nm, and is paired to a six-step continuously variable automatic transmission and drives through to the front wheels. These power and torque outputs are traditional, they arrive tall in the rev band at 6000rpm and 4200rpm respectively; nevertheless, when you have the benefit of CVT there is a constant point of gearing which instantly meets throttle request. The ASX feels lively and will cut out a standstill to 100km/h time in 9.9sec, it’s also quite smart on a highway overtake, 6sec to make 120km/h from 80km/h is about the norm for a vehicle such as this. I took the test car inland to Hororata and back to my home through Dunsandel and Coes Ford. It cruises quietly at highway speed and affords a smooth ride. Sprung on a fully independent front strut/rear multiple link system, the suspension’s mechanical elements have been developed without compromising the ASX’s function. Body movement is controlled without the firming needed to arrest gravitational force. Instead, the ASX has spring and damper rates engineered so that the occupants reap a comfortable ride without being presented with a lurch mid-corner. The ASX is fitted with tall 18in wheels, and shod with quality Bridgestone Dueler rubber • Price – Mitsubishi ASX XLS, $29,990 • Dimensions – Length, 4365mm; width, 1810mm; height, 1640mm • Configuration – Fourcylinder, front-wheeldrive, 1998cc, 112kW, 200Nm, continuously variable automatic • Performance – 0-100km/h, 9.9sec • Fuel usage – 7.6l/100km (225/55), there is strong steering feel and plenty of grip on offer. I pointed the test car at some tricky corners along my test route, it turns nicely and feeds to the steering wheel positive information as to how the tyres react under pressure. Even without four-wheel-drive there is still the feel that grip levels are elevated, while balance and control are fully retained. I like the way the ASX drives, it’s no sports car but it does have performance and handling ability which is far in excess of its purpose. Although the XLS misses out on leather trim and a few other niceties, it still gets a healthy level of specification, and fabric trim is by far my preference. Mitsubishi has upped the specification level in the ASX; although most of those additions are hidden, they are electronic inclusions for safety and infotainment. In terms of fuel use, Mitsubishi has done well to lean out the engine. As I remarked previously, it has been around for some time, but it is a fuel miser and carries a 7.6-litre per 100km (37mpg) combined cycle claim. This is much the same figure as the previous generation model and although I didn’t replicate it, I did get close. The fuel usage readout was constantly listing around 8.1l/100km (35mpg) during my time with the test car, and I can report a 5l/100km (56mpg) instantaneous figure sitting at a steady 100km/h. At that speed the engine is working over at a lazy 1700rpm in the tallest part of the gearing. Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand is the only new car company operating here which offers a 10-year/160,000km powertrain warranty across its entire range. To me that says a lot about the quality of the product, and if you look at how long the Lancer, Outlander and ASX have been available in our market, that suggests they have not only been well received but have been built to last the distance. GOLD CARD LUNCHES MON - FRI Woodfired Pizzas / Full Menu • $20 Pizzas Mon / Tues • $7 Beers 4-6pm Every day • Gaming Room • Tues Quiz Nights • $15 Burgers Wed • Chill Out Guitar Session Thurs 7-9pm • $15 Curry Thurs / Fri • Takeaways Available • Open 7 days Coffee/Lunch/Dinner Open 11.30am Mon-Sat | Ph 03 421 6481 Sunday Breakfast from 9am West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road www.twofatpossums.co.nz Courtesy Van available Frocks, Feathers & Fabrication John Emery’s latest exhibition at Little River Gallery Although born and raised in the American Midwest, John Emery has spent the past twenty-five years shuttling back and forth between Dayton, Ohio and Burkes Pass, New Zealand, where he established a second home and studio in 2000. “It is not just the object, but also its history--its veritable shadow-- that I set out to record in my work. It is the fragmented story that haunts me. Memories, symbolism, physical similarities, all play a part in creating the “fabrication”. Objects are often from a bygone era, or worn with repeated use, reflecting time’s passage. At times they are literally in pieces: the shattered porcelain, the cast-off sardine tin, a bird feather, or watching the flight of a fantail. In reclaiming them for my own tromp l’oiel still life constructions, I conjure them into a new world. Like life itself, each work resonates with both the story and history associated with some objects, and the imagined The Invincibles Killer Look potential of others. My painting process typically begins with a solitary object, a toy bear, or a Victorian hunting dress. A visual narrative is then constructed in the same way that I fabricated stories about the neglected objects found in my grandparents’ long forgotten trunks. As with all my works, some elements become three-dimensional as I form them from paper, the most versatile material I know” John Emery. Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind. --Nathaniel Hawthorne Frocks, Feathers & Fabrications John Emery 7 APRIL – 9 MAY 2018 Main Rd, Little River | 03 325 1944 art@littlerivergallery.com