In preparation for its local launch next month, Mitsubishi South Africa has detailed its newest passenger car, the sportily titled Mirage. JDM fans amongst you might recognise the Mirage nameplate which has even birthed a few sporty versions over the years, but don’t get too excited because this particular Mirage is a cheap A-segment offering designed to offer value for money and low cost of ownership to first-time buyers.
The Mirage joins the Lancer and ASX as Mitsubishi’s only other non-SUV/bakkie passenger car offering, and the first local A-segment offering for the brand. One of the key design priorities was to woo first-time buyers with great fuel efficiency. To that end the Mirage will be powered by Mitsubishi’s 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder MIVEC DOHC petrol engine, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, with 55kW and 100Nm driving the front wheels.
Mitsubishi say the exceptional fuel efficiency comes courtesy of MIVEC – Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control – the same system you’ll find on an Evo X. Average fuel economy on the combined cycle is rated at just 4.9l/100 km. In fact, the Mirage is acclaimed as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid petrol vehicle available in the United States at the moment. It is also sighted as the lightest five-door passenger car in the US as well.
The low kerb weight is impressive, too, when you consider the Mirage is fitted as standard with a full complement of safety equipment including ABS, EBD and dual airbags all based around Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) impact-absorbing chassis structure.
Full details and pricing of the three-model range will be announced at next month’s launch but Mitsubishi do say the Mirage will be backed by a comprehensive 3-year/ 100 000 km warranty. We’ll bring you our first drive impressions next month.