Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Marcus de Guzman, Anton Andres | posted April 29, 2016 20:47
MMPC's best selling hatch receives mid-cycle refresh
The A-segment hatchback will be abuzz yet again after Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) officially launched the refreshed 2016 Mirage at the Solaire Resort & Casino in Pasay City. It now bears a more aggressive exterior along with an improved cabin finish.
Immediately apparent is the heavily revised front fascia. It now has a larger grill, new projector headlights and additional chrome trim on the front bumper. Moreover, HID Bi-xenon illumination comes as standard on GLS models. GLX variants, however still get halogens.
Over to the rear, the bumper, tailgate-mounted spoiler and taillights get design revisions as well. For 2016, the combination taillights on GLS models have LED lighting as standard. New 15- and 14-inch alloy wheels complete the exterior updates on the 2016 Mirage. The GLS gets the larger two-tone alloys, while the GLX will be fitted with the smaller multi-spoke alloys.
The cabin relatively retains the pre-updated look apart from some minor tweaks. It has a revamped instrument panel, piano black trim on the center console and transmission gate, and new fabric seats.
The GLX model does away with the 2-DIN audio system as it now gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It supports AM/FM, CD/DVD, USB, Aux, Bluetooth. The top-of-the-range GLS, on the other hand, still gets the familiar 6.5-inch touchscreen system. It gets the same amount of kit, but can be had with a navigation system.
Delivering power to the front wheels is the carried over 1.2-liter 3A92 inline-three with MIVEC. It still puts out 78 PS at 6,000 rpm along with a torque rating of 100 Nm at 4,000 rpm. New to the engine however, is a roller-type camshaft. Transmission options are still the 5-speed manual and continuously variable transmission (CVT).
2016 Mitsubishi Mirage pricing:
Mirage GLX 1.2 MT – PhP 553,000
Mirage GLX 1.2 CVT – PhP 603,000
Mirage GLS 1.2 MT – PhP 663,000
Mirage GLS 1.2 CVT – PhP 713,000