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Report: Next-gen Mitsubishi Mirage to go turbo?

Report: Next-gen Mitsubishi Mirage to go turbo? image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mitsubishi | posted April 05, 2016 15:18

New turbocharged gasoline engines may power future Mitsubishi models

Turbocharged gasoline engines may once again be at the forefront of Mitsubishi after Automotive News reported that the company plans to launch them in new nameplates and next-generation models.

In a dealer meeting held last Sunday, company executives told US dealers that a range of turbocharged gasoline motors will arrive soon. Among the models that will benefit from it will apparently be the next-generation Mirage and Mirage G4. Supposedly slated for a 2019 release, the company is considering a 1.1-liter turbo motor that will propel both the hatch and sedan models.

There will also be a larger turbocharged engine that will be available for the next-generation Outlander. The company is planning to make it available for the midsize crossover in 2019 as well.

Apart from those, there will also be a new crossover that will slot between the ASX and Outlander. Exact details were not available but it will reportedly be powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and is scheduled to be revealed in 2018.

The updated 2016 Mitsubishi ASX (Outlander Sport)

Mitsubishi plans to invest heavily on more turbocharged motors for the U.S. market as the company executives told dealers that the US is the automaker's largest market.

"Everybody in the industry is going to be going even further in this direction," said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA).

New sport trim packages for the Mirage, Mirage G4 and Outlander will also be available in the future and will be branded as 'Special Action Model' (SAM).