Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co, Mitsubishi Press | posted November 19, 2015 10:22
Mitsubishi Mirage gets a midlife makeover with design, performance and safety tweaks
Mitsubishi Motors held the global debut of the updated Mirage hatchback at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The mid-life update for the Mitsubishi Mirage features exterior tweaks, performance improvements and interior enhancements as well.
"Mirage has gained popularity with its affordable and practical appeal," said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MNNA. "Mirage owners are looking for a vehicle that does its job well and is reliable. The Mirage continues to deliver all of those attributes, and the improvements to the 2017 model year will expand the Mirage's appeal even more."
Receiving the most significant update would be the exterior, which gains a restyled front-end with a new grill, bumper, headlights and fog lamps. The rear bumper has also been revised as does the rear spoiler. A new set of wheels finishes off the exterior revision. The Japanese automaker says the new styling also improves aerodynamics to further maximize fuel efficiency.
Interior enhancements include new seat fabrics, gauge cluster, steering wheel and an in-car audio display supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 300-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system is available as an option.
Under the hood is a slightly re-tweaked 1.2-liter 3-cylinder DOHC engine with an improved Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) variable valve-timing system, featuring a new roller-type camshaft.
Handling and braking have also been improved by optimizing the spring rate and damping force of the shock absorbers while adding stiffness to the front end to achieve stability improvements. In addition, larger diameter brake discs (251 mm) are used in the front and the rear brake drums have increased in size as well (203 mm). The brake pad/shoe material has also been changed for even better stopping performance.
A host of active and passive safety systems comes in the form of a seven Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbags, comprised of dual front air bags, dual front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, dual side-impact curtain air bags, and a driver's knee air bag; 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); and Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL). Mirage models equipped with the continuously-variable transmission-equipped (CVT) also include Hill Start Assist (HSA).