It's hard to believe that the current-generation Mitsubishi Mirage has been around since 2012. For the past seven years, the small hatchback and the G4 sedan have soldiered on with minor cosmetic changes, along with additional standard equipment. But by the end of the year, that could all change.

Time and again, we've reported that an all-new Mirage is on the horizon, and it could be closer than we think. According to our friends from Headlight Magazine, the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage could make its global debut by the third quarter of 2019. They even added that its regional debut could be just before the year ends.

For now, Mitsubishi didn't say anything else about the next-generation Mirage aside from the things we've heard already. We've been told that it will be based on the all-new Renault Clio and Nissan Micra (launched two years ago) as Mitsubishi is now under the wing of the Alliance, which includes the aforementioned brands. Chief operating officer Trevor Mann has confirmed this.

All-new Mitsubishi Mirage might come before 2019 ends image

Everything is speculative at the moment although Headlight Magazine did say that its ASEAN debut could be at the 2019 Bangkok Motor Expo by the end of November this year. This somewhat suggests that the 2020 Mirage will be assembled in Thailand. It is yet to be known if the Philippines will eventually assemble these cars locally. Also, Mann has acknowledged the fact that Mitsubishi also needs a small sedan to be competitive. That being said, the Mirage G4 (Attrage in other markets) could also be an all-new design come 2020 or 2021.

We expect that it will follow Mitsubishi's current design language meaning a 'Dynamic Shield' front end with a bold grill and upswept headlights. As it will be based on the Renault and Nissan, we're also expecting a bigger body as the Clio and Micra are in the B-segment (subcompact class) whereas the current Mirage sits in A-Segment (City car class).

Source: Headlight Magazine