The Mirage has been available on the US market for quite some time and despite its lacking on-road abilities and the sub-par interior, the car sold quite well thanks to a very low price and a good fuel consumption. Unfortunately it has been removed from the market last year and many thought that it would never come back but a few weeks ago at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage has been released with a lot of improvements over the older model. The new car does not use an all new chassis and it is more of a facelift than anything else but considering it will still cost between $13,600 and around $16,000 we don’t really mind it.
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Review
In order to be safer and better to drive, Mitsubishi decided to install an all new suspension system on the car, specifically tuned for the US market. This should make the car more stable at higher speeds and it should give the driver more control. The brakes have been enlarged as well in order to cope with the highway speeds of the US market. The new model also includes a lot of updates inside and out as well as a revised engine.
However, because most people will not really car about the exterior of the car, let’s start with the interior of the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage which received not only a nicer looking design but also a lot of new features. As standard the car now comes with a new multifunctional steering wheel and both it and the dashboard now feature gloss black inserts which actually make it look and feel more expensive. Both the front and rear seats are now made out of a new material and the fabric should be more durable as well.
As standard the car will come with only the basic features such as air conditioning, electric mirrors and that’s about it. Options will include a 300 watt Rockford Fosgate audio-system which is quite impressive, as well as a 7 inch infotainment unit which does not include navigation. Instead, the new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage actually supports Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto which makes it the first Mitsubishi to get these features!
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Exterior
The exterior has not been left untouched either but unlike the interior which received massive upgrades, the changes are a bit more subtle. The front end received a new front grille, slightly different headlights as well as a new bumper which has a splitter-like addition to it while at the back the car received a small boot spoiler. The wheels are all new as well but the base model will still come with steel rims.
Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 Engine
Engine wise, the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage still boasts the same 1.2 liter naturally aspirated 3 cylinder petrol engine as before which is not the most powerful or the most refined out there. However, it is very cheap to run and as time shown us, very reliable. It now offers slightly more than before at 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque which should be enough for city driving or even short motorway runs. As standard the car is front wheel drive and a 5 speed manual is the gearbox of choice. The better option would be to go with the CVT gearbox because it is the easier to use option of the two and it also makes the car more efficient. While the official numbers have not been released, we expect at least 42 MPG on average for the CVT equipped model, a 2 MPG improvement over the older version mostly thanks to the improved engine and slightly better drag coefficient of the newer model. Some rumors also say that in the future, a 1 liter 3 cylinder turbocharged inline 4 with up to 120 horsepower could be installed in the tiny Mirage.