A few days ago, we published a story about the next Mirage that Mitsubishi is planning to launch, one that will supposedly have look that will be based heavily on the brand's Dynamic Shield concept. The news was based on our conversation with Mitsubishi designer Tsunehiro Kunimoto during the Tokyo Motor Show last week.
While the image we used was our own rendering, it seems that over in Thailand, an actual image of the yet-to-be-launched Mitsubishi Mirage has surfaced.
Yes, what you're seeing is a spy shot that appeared on a Thai Facebook group, and forwarded to us by our friends at the Land of Smiles. It shows a Mirage hatchback undergoing testing, but sporting a front end derived from the Dynamic Shield design concept.
Our rendering wasn't too far off, though we do not expect it to be a full model change or a new generation model. Instead, it's going to be a more thorough facelift and update, or a “big minor change” as they call it (or at least as Google Translate calls it). The new look brings the Mirage in line with the design we've seen on larger Mitsubishi models like the Xpander, Pajero Sport/Montero Sport, and Triton/Strada.
As for the interior, we're not expecting major upgrades, though it would be nice if Mitsubishi made a few alterations to the controls and trims on the dashboard.
The launch, however, is going to be earlier than we expected. In a report by Headlightmag.com, their sources say that the new look Mirage hatchback will be launched at next month's Thailand International Motor Expo. They also reported that the Mirage, while still coming with the same 1.2-liter 3-cylinder MIVEC engine that makes 78 PS and 100 Nm of torque, will have enhancements to allow it to meet the new Eco Car Phase 2 program in Thailand.
The Eco Car Phase 2 program means it will have emissions to comply Euro-5 standards with carbon dioxide emissions that cannot exceed 100 grams per kilometer, and achieve a fuel economy of 23.25 kilometers per liter or better. The program also mandates that it should have anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA), and stability program (ASC, ESC, ESP, et al) as standard features for safety.
HLM reports that some variants of the Mirage as well as the Attrage (AKA: Mirage G4) will have features such as forward collision management and radar sensing mis-acceleration mitigation which help prevent or reduce impacts from incorrect pedal application.
Overall, this will be the third look for the Mitsubishi Mirage/Mirage G4 family. It is expected that both the hatch and sedan will make an appearance at the Thailand International Motor Expo.