Mitsubishi’s recent inclusion as part of the newly-formed Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance will help the Japanese brand renew its aging and uncompetitive product lines, with one of the first products likely to be a new Mirage light car based on the mechanicals of the Renault Clio.
Thanks to the platform sharing opportunities opened up as part of the alliance, Auto Express reports that the next Mirage is set to grow in size and substance thanks to a shared component set to be used by the next-generation Renault Clio and Nissan Micra.
During discussions about Mitsubishi’s future product, Mitsubishi’s head of product planning, Vincent Cobee, explained: “margins in the small car sector are smaller. So are we looking to use Renault and Nissan platforms in that segment? The answer is yes.”
The Mirage won’t be the first alliance product to surface however, with older model lines likely to receive attention before it. The Mitsubishi Outlander was highlighted as a priority with the more popular medium SUV set to lead a wave of new Mitsubishi models.
The Mirage is still a crucial model for the brand. Cobee pointed out the importance of the B-segment which makes up 30 percent of global demand and is vital in many of Mitsubishi’s key Southeast Asian markets.
The next Renault Clio is set to debut in 2018 with new flexible underpinnings and a three-cylinder engine that will be shared by both the new Mirage and the next Nissan Micra (as is the case with the current Micra, above).
Expect the Mitsubishi version to wear a unique ‘top hat’ with all exterior sheet metal and major interior pieces to feature a signature Mitsubishi design. At the same time the Mirage is likely to become more upscale thanks to access to advanced electrical systems available from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance catalogue.