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TMR Team | Dec, 18 2012 | 5 Comments

Mitsubishi's new Mirage light car will join the ranks of the ultra-affordable when it hits Australia in January, priced from $12,990.

It won't be the cheapest - the J1, Alto and MK all start below $12k - but at just under $13k, the Mirage will tackle the $12,490 Barina Spark, $13,490 Micra and the $13,990 Volkswagen Up.

The littlest Mitsubishi will be offered in three trim grades, from the entry ES to the mid-level Sport and topping out with the $15,490-$17,740 LS variant.

Manual and CVT automatic transmissions will be offered across the range, and a 57kW/100Nm 1.2 litre petrol engine is the only powertrain on offer.

Depending on specification, fuel consumption ranges from 4.6 to 4.9 l/100km, and CO2 emissions from 109 to 115g/km.

The new Mirage measures in at 3710mm long, making it around 200mm longer than the tiny Suzuki Alto but 160mm shorter than the Mitsubishi Colt, for now still the brand's smallest offering in many Western markets.

Mitsubishi promises a cabin designed around “high-efficiency packaging”, maximising space for occupants by keeping the engine compartment as small as possible.

Interior style includes piano-black inserts, a clean-look dash top (with two-tone dash and door trims), and silver accents in the up-specced LS model.



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.

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