The new Mitsubishi Mirage has been updated for 2017. Unveiled at the ongoing LA Auto Show, the economical supermini now brings a proper front grille and a bunch of feature updates.
Apart from the grille, the Mirage’s rather subdued image has been revamped with new hood, front and rear bumpers, as well as redesigned head and tail lights. The car also gets a new rear spoiler and updated wheel design.
Inside, the Mirage greets occupants with its new seat fabrics, gauge cluster, steering wheel and shift panel. The car is now available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it the company’s first model to be offered with the infotainment systems. Additionally, audiophiles may opt for the 300-watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system.
Residing under the hood is the familiar 1.2-litre three-cylinder MIVEC mill that has been enhanced with roller-type camshafts. The unit makes 78 hp and 100 Nm of torque, sent to the front wheels via a CVT.
In terms of handling, the Mirage features stiffer suspension thanks to the optimised spring rate and damping force. Brakes are larger than before – 251 mm discs up front, 203 mm drums at the rear. New brake pad materials are also employed for better stopping force.
The Mirage gets seven airbags (in the US), four-wheel ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, stability control, traction control, tyre pressure monitoring system, as well as hill start assist.
THE 2017 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE: NEW EXTERIOR DESIGN AND ADDED PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENTS
– The new Mitsubishi Mirage continues to deliver outstanding fuel economy
– 2017 Mirage will feature Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™
– Attractive pricing and 10-year warranty distances the competition
CYPRESS, Calif. Nov. 18, 2015 – Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today announced details for the fuel-efficient 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage featuring a new exterior design, improved performance and enhanced interior appeal. Despite all that is new for Mirage in 2017, a few things didn’t change at all—Mirage still offers impressive fuel economy, attractive pricing and industry leading new vehicle and powertrain warranties. The Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback will be available at dealers in spring 2016.
“Mirage has gained popularity with its affordable and practical appeal,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MNNA. “Mirage owners are looking for a vehicle that does its job well and is reliable. The Mirage continues to deliver all of those attributes, and the improvements to the 2017 model year will expand the Mirage’s appeal even more.”
The changes for the 2017 model year are led with the new exterior design. Mirage receives a fresh new look with redesigned hood, grille, front and rear bumper, fog and headlamps, rear spoiler and wheels. The exterior styling was given purpose, with an aerodynamic design to maximize fuel-efficiency and a simple, restrained form to help reduce weight, creating a car in which form and function come together.
Inside, Mirage receives a design update with new seat fabrics, gauge cluster, steering wheel and shift panel. In addition, a new 300-watt Rockford-Fosgate™ audio system with EcoPunch™ is available, as is an in-car display audio supporting Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, the first Mitsubishi vehicle to get these popular infotainment systems in the U.S.
The 2017 Mirage continues to utilize a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder DOHC engine featuring the latest version of Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) variable valve-timing system that maximizes fuel efficiency and power output while greatly minimizing exhaust emissions. With the addition of a roller-type camshaft, Mirage increases its horsepower to 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft torque.
Mirage’s handling and brakes are improved for 2017 as well. Optimizing the spring rate and damping force of the shock absorbers while adding stiffness to the front end achieve handling and stability improvements. In addition, bigger diameter brake discs (251 mm) are used in the front and the rear brake drums (203 mm) have increased 23 millimeters. The brake pad/shoe material has also been changed for even better stopping performance.
Every 2017 Mirage comes equipped with a wide array of safety features and technologies. These include a seven air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) comprised of dual front air bags, dual front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, dual side-impact curtain air bags, and a driver’s knee air bag; 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); and Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL). Mirage models equipped with the continuously-variable transmission-equipped (CVT) also include Hill Start Assist (HSA).