During the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, we sat down with Mitsubishi Motors designer Tsunehiro Kunimoto and discussed the future of the company,.

While we were there, we couldn't help but ask: What will the next-generation Mirage look like?

Thankfully, Kunimoto gave us an answer, albeit a short one.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation's division manager of design said that the Mirage will look dramatically different from the ones we see on the roads today. However, he did drop a hint: he says it will have the Dynamic Shield design. The Dynamic Shield look is the one you've been seeing on the current Xpander, Montero Sport and Strada, as well as the Eclipse Cross and facelifted ASX.

This is what the next-gen Mitsubishi Mirage might look like image

Pictured in main is what we think it will look like. We grafted the front end of the Xpander on to the small hatch and the results are rather promising. Of course, we can't say for certain as to how the rest of the car will look, but it certainly looks interesting. We imagine a more angular body for the 2020 (or 2021) Mirage, much like the Eclipse Cross.

Given that they actually mentioned something about the next-generation Mirage is an indication that it might make its debut sooner than later. Also, given with what we know so far, the small hatch is likely to move up by one size class. The current Mirage hatchback is classified as an A-segment car. Based on reports, the all-new Mirage will be using the Renault-Nissan Alliance CMF-B architecture. That means the Mirage could turn into a B-segment vehicle. The CMF-B platform is currently being used in the Renault Clio and Nissan March/Micra.

Kunimoto added that Mitsubishi Motors will be making full advantage of their inclusion in the Alliance so expect more models to have Renault and Nissan counterparts. Aside from that, he mentioned that future Mitsubishi cars and crossovers will adapt the Dynamic Shield design philosophy. For now, they didn't mention what else is in the pipeline, but it looks like Mitsubishi is already plotting out their next decade in the industry.