In July last year, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) began production the Mirage hatchback locally at MMPC’s Santa Rosa, Laguna plant instead of importing the vehicles from Thailand. That said, the Mirage being sold locally is proudly Philippine made with the trim levels offered and specced to cater to local demand.
Back in Thailand, however, the Mirage being offered now comes equipped with two new safety features. To be specific, it comes equipped with a ‘forward collision mitigation system’ (FCM-LS) and a ‘Radar Sensing Misacceleration Mitigation System’ (RMS-FORWARD).
Translating the text from Thai, the FCM-LS acts like any forward collision warning system. The safety feature uses radar to detect the distance between vehicles in front of the car. Should there be a risk of collision, the system will warn the driver and automatically slow the car down, reducing the chance of a collision or severity of the crash.
Meanwhile, the RMS-FORWARD system uses radars to prevent sudden unintended starts when there is an object at least 4 meters in front. Should the accelerator be suddenly depressed the system will cut engine power so the driver can apply the brakes, minimizing damage from the possible collision or help avoid it all together.
Both these safety features are found standard on the GLS and GLS-Ltd. Variants of the Thailand market Mirage. Mitsubishi also added some other convenience features for the 2018 model year Mirage in Thailand such as Apple CarPlay, among others.
Apart from these features, both the Philippine and Thailand spec Mirage sport are identical underneath. They both sport the 1.2-liter inline-3 engine with either a manual or CVT transmission.