MITSUBISHI MIRAGE: SYDNEY MOTOR SHOW 2012
Mitsubishi Motors Australia whipped the covers off its new Mirage at the Australian International Motor Show. But hang on, this is just to whet the appetite; the new Mirage is not due to be released in Australia until January 2013.
There's an all-new design, class-leading fuel economy of 4.6 l/100kms (for the ES model), room for five inside (provided you’re genetically predisposed to narrow shoulders), and with power supplied by a new 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine.
With a maximum output of 57kW @ 6000rpm and 100Nm of torque @ 4000rpm, Mitsubishi is claiming “peppy performance”, effortless acceleration and easy-to-drive manoeuvrability with a best-in-class turning radius of just 4.4 metres for the ES.
Lauching as a three-model range - ES, ES Sport and the better-equipped LS - the new Mirage offers a choice of a five speed manual or CVT automatic.
With all in the range offering sub-5.0 l/100kmfuel consumption, and very low CO2 emissions of 109g/km in the ES, 113g/km in the LS manual and 115g/km in the LS CVT, Mitsubishi is confident of a five-star Green Vehicle Guide rating.
The 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine utilises Mitsubishi Motors’ MIVEC variable valve timing system, reduced friction-losses in all moving parts and weight-saving technologies air-intake and exhaust systems, fuel system, cooling and ancillary components.
MMAL’s CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said, “The Mirage is great value for money, offering lively performance and a brand new stylish design which we are confident will appeal to customers.”
“The Mirage is impressive because it balances high performance and functionality with fuel efficiency in a compact, yet spacious, package that is fun to drive.”
The interior boasts “high-efficiency packaging”, maximising space for occupants by keeping the engine compartment as small as possible.
With glossy piano-black inserts, a clean-look dash top (with two-tone dash and door trims), and silver accents in the up-specced LS model, there is a modern and spacious feel inside.
Two interior fabric trims are available: the ES model featuring a plain knit black seat fabric embossed with a polka-dot pattern, while the LS offers a soft, waffle-weave seat fabric in black and purple.
Mirage ES comes with a CD player, two-speaker audio, USB and AUX input and Bluetooth 2.0 with audio streaming. And, a surprise at this level, the three-spoke leather steering wheel comes standard with phone and audio controls.
The Mirage Sport, based on the ES, adds 14-inch alloy wheels, roof spoiler, four-speaker audio and door sash blackout.
Move up to the LS and you’ll find dusk-sensing headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and keyless ‘one-touch’ start, climate-control air-conditioning and four-speaker audio. The LS also adds front fog lamps, roof spoiler, door sash blackout and 15-inch alloy wheels.
There are also lots of storage nooks, pockets and cupholders, as well as a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.
Standard safety features include six SRS airbags - driver and front passenger, side and curtain. ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution is also standard as is active stability control.
For child-seat installation there are three tether anchors as well as two Iso-Fix rear-seat child-restraints.
You’ve got six colours to choose from, Mulberry, Cyber Blue (LS only), Red Planet and Midnight Black (LS only) as well as the obligatory Cool Silver and White
You can register your interest in the all-new Mirage at Mitsubishi Motor’s stand at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.