Mitsubishi decided to skip the 2016 model year and produce a 2017 model car instead. The new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage, a vehicle known for its excellent fuel economy and affordability will feature extensive redesign to improve its performance in the market.
Though not initially targeted to the American market, sales in the region are improving and the redesign is meant to make the car even more appealing. The vehicle will be offered in ES, SE and GT trim levels. The new Mirage is currently being showcased at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show.
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage from L.A. Auto Show
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Exterior
Having skipped the 2016 model year, the 2017 Mitsubishi mirage has received extensive redesign. Its structure will be based on the Mitsubishi’s reinforced Impact Safety Evolution body architecture. The redesign starts at the front where the car now features a more traditional grille with larger, lower air intakes with a touch of chrome which adds a touch of excitement to an otherwise dull front end. The vehicle will feature HID headlights with plastic surrounds which blend into the lower intakes for a wider and stylish new look.
The vehicle will also feature LED daytime running lights. At the rear, the five-door hatchback will feature a redesigned rear bumper and spoiler to improve its aerodynamics .the automaker says that the new styling has lowered the vehicle’s coefficient of drag to 0.27. Overall, the vehicle will weigh less due to use of lightweight materials.
The Mirage will ride on 14-inch alloy wheels as standard with an option for 15-inch alloy wheels. Sunrise orange and wine red color palettes have been added for the 2017 model year.
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Interior
Sliding inside the small economical car, you will be met by a revised instrument’s cluster which is easy to read, keyless entry, rearranged HVAC controls and a redesigned center console. The Mirage also becomes the first Mitsubishi model to be equipped with a 4-speaker 300-watt Rockford-Fosgate sound system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility in the U.S.
The car will still accommodate five passengers. Its seats are upholstered in a more quality fabric compared to the outgoing model.
For safety, the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage comes equipped with 7 airbags as standard. They include dual front, side curtain, side-impact and driver’s knee airbags. Other safety features include an electronic stability control system and antilock brakes. Models equipped with the CVT system are fitted with hill start assist which helps prevent roll back in steep ascent terrains.
Under the hood, the Mirage will feature a carryover drivetrain from the predecessor models. The unit is a 1.2 L, 3-cylinder engine. The engine has been tweaked to produce more output than the predecessor models. The new drivetrain produces 4 more horses at 78 hp than the outgoing model and 74 lb-ft of torque. This increase is courtesy to the newly installed camshaft. Power will be transmitted via a 5-speed manual system or a continuously variable transmission system.
The automaker has further updated the steering wheel and also increased stiffness to its front suspension which results in better stability and handling. It is also equipped with larger brake disks at the front and larger drums at the rear which improve its braking. The automaker didn’t disclose details on the engine’s fuel economy ratings, speed or acceleration; however, we expect the car to post better figures than the outgoing model.
Price and release date
Mitsubishi didn’t reveal details of the new Mirage price or official release date. We will inform you immediately we have such information. We however believe that the automaker will not vary the price significantly from the current model’s $ 14,000-$16,000 range. The vehicle will hit dealerships next year in the spring.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will compete with the upcoming models of Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa and Kia Soul.
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