Save for the new face, though, little has changed in Mitsubishi’s popular city car. In fact, it is still powered by the same 1.2-liter three-cylinder gas engine that gives off 77 hp and 100 Nm that links to either a 5-speed manual or INVECS-III continuously variable transmission, depending on trim.
As for the changes to the exterior, the most prominent is the introduction of the Dynamic Shield design signature to the line, which gives the Mirage a revamped grille and narrower headlights that help give the car a wider stance. The grille’s two horizontal grille slats are highlighted in red, and combined with the red taillight cover, helps give the Mirage a more uniform look front and back.
Updates have also been done to the rear bumper, which now comes with bracket-like indents that evoke the Dynamic Shield design. Wheel size have also been upgraded from 14 to 15-inch alloy wheels, featuring two-tone diamond-cut styling. Likewise, two new paint colors have also been added to the finish options: White Diamond and Sand Yellow.
Although much of the interior has been carried over, the new Mirage gets more user-friendly, starting with the more comfy front armrests, cloth finishers, and a carbon fiber pattern for the cluster and window switch panels. A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display replaces the 2-din audio sound system, and it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity to boot. Higher spec trims come with fabric/synthetic leather seat upholstery.
It’s worth noting that these features are what’s been made available in the Thailand-market Mirage. With list of features varying from country to country, some of those outlined above may not make it locally.
That said, the Mirage and Mirage G4 (Attrage) are now available in Thailand, with Australia soon to follow. No word yet on when the refreshed duo will reach the Philippine automotive market, but since the car is one of Mitsubishi’s vehicles built in its Santa Rosa plant, we can expect that the wait won’t be long. As for when that will actually happen, we can only hold our breaths.
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