2013 Mitsubishi Mirage | Review, Specs, Prices, Pictures. – Mitsubishi Motors Australia whipped the covers off its new Mirage at the Australian International Motor Show. But hang on, this is just to whet the appetite, the new Mirage is not due to be released in Australia until January 2013. There’s an all new design, class leading fuel economy of 4.6 l/100kms (for the ES model), room for five inside (provided you’re genetically predisposed to narrow shoulders), and with power supplied by a new 1.2 litre three cylinder engine.
It was barely a footnote today at the Mitsubishi press conference at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, but Mitsubishi North America President Yoichi Yokozawa announced that the recently redesigned Mitsubishi Mirage will debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show. He also confirmed that the B segment car will go on sale in the United States in September 2013. After the press conference, another Mitsubishi official said the car may not be sold under the Mirage name in the U.S. “We’re getting the car,” he said. “We just don’t know if it’s going to be called Mirage.”
2013 Mitsubishi Mirage Price :
The Mirage carries a base price of 380,000 Thai Bhat (approximately $12, 300). The top of the line model retails for 546,000 Thai Bhat ($17,700), and comes standard with a navigation system, a Bluetooth smartphone connectivity system, and a dash mounted touch screen.
2013 Mitsubishi Mirage Interior :
Two interior fabric trims are available: the ES model featuring a plain knit black seat fabric embossed with a polka dot pattern, while the LS offers a soft, waffle weave seat fabric in black and purple. Mirage ES comes with a CD player, two speaker audio, USB and AUX input and Bluetooth 2.0 with audio streaming. And, a surprise at this level, the three spoke leather steering wheel comes standard with phone and audio controls.
The Mirage Sport, based on the ES, adds 14 inch alloy wheels, roof spoiler, four speaker audio and door sash blackout. Move up to the LS and you’ll find dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing wipers and keyless ‘one touch’ start, climate-control air conditioning and four speaker audio. The LS also adds front fog lamps, roof spoiler, door sash blackout and 15 inch alloy wheels. There are also lots of storage nooks, pockets and cupholders, as well as a 60/40 split folding rear seat.
2013 Mitsubishi Mirage Exterior :
The first affected model will be the supermini Colt which will be replaced by the new Mitsubishi Mirage that was shown for the Asian market last year. Our spy photographers have caught a lightly camouflaged Mirage during testing in Europe and it seems that the European version will get some slightly changed details and probably a different set up then its Asians cousins.
Despite being a very small model, Mitsubishi has promised that the new Mirage will offer interior space for five adults. Let’s hope they have tested that with five Europeans. With the Galant and Eclipse set to be discontinued at the end of the 2012 model year, Mitsubishi’s product starved U.S. dealers would likely be enthusiastic about having an additional model in their showrooms. However, despite the recent introduction of similarly tiny models such as the Chevrolet Spark and Scion iQ, Mitsubishi is still worried that the Mirage might be too small for U.S. consumers.
2013 Mitsubishi Mirage Performance :
With a maximum output of 57kW @ 6000rpm and 100Nm of torque @ 4000rpm, Mitsubishi is claiming “peppy performance”, effortless acceleration and easy to drive manoeuvrability with a best in class turning radius of just 4.4 metres for the ES. Lauching as a three model range ES, ES Sport and the better equipped LS the new Mirage offers a choice of a five speed manual or CVT automatic.
With all in the range offering sub 5.0 l/100kmfuel consumption, and very low CO2 emissions of 109g/km in the ES, 113g/km in the LS manual and 115g/km in the LS CVT, Mitsubishi is confident of a five star Green Vehicle Guide rating. The 1.2 litre three cylinder engine utilises Mitsubishi Motors’ MIVEC variable valve timing system, reduced friction losses in all moving parts and weight saving technologies air intake and exhaust systems, fuel system, cooling and ancillary components.