The GL, GLX (including Sport) and GLS variants that previously made up the ASX range have been replaced by an ES-badged model, offered in six-speed manual and continuously variable transmission forms.
The ASX ES is priced at R359 995, while the CVT comes in at R379 995. Seemingly based on the outgoing mid-tier GLX specification (which, in manual, had cost R399 995), the ASX features plenty of standard safety kit, including seven airbags, rear park sensors and a reversing camera (in addition to items such as ABS with EBD and hill-start assist for the CVT model).
A panoramic glass roof, multi-function leather-trimmed steering wheel, touchscreen, automatic air-conditioning and a smart key are also included.
As before, power comes from a naturally aspirated 2,0-litre petrol engine, offering 110 kW and 197 N.m. A three-year/100 000 km warranty and five-year/ 90 000 km service plan (with intervals of 15 000 km) are again included.