Mitsubishi's Mirage light car is now on sale, and with a $12,990 drive-away starting point, it is one of Australia's most affordable new cars.
It isn't the cheapest - the Chery J1 recently slipped under $10,000, while the Alto and MK both 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 reborn Mirage is available in three trim-grades, starting with the entry ES, moving to the mid-level ES Sport and topping out with the LS from $15,490.
A 57kW/100Nm 1.2 litre petrol engine is the only powertrain on offer, with manual and CVT automatic transmissions available across all three models.
Depending on specification, fuel consumption ranges from 4.6 to 4.9 l/100km, and CO2 emissions from 109 to 115g/km.
Mirage models with a manual transmission score five stars in in the Federal Government's Green Vehicle Guide, while the CVT transmission gets 4.5 stars.
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 ES Sport 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.
- ES - $12,990 ($12,990 drive-away)
- ES Sport - $14,190 ($14,490 drive-away)
- LS - $15,490 ($16,990 drive-away)
- ES - $15,240 ($15,490 drive-away)
- ES Sport - $16,440 ($16,990 drive-away)
- LS - $17,740 ($19,490 drive-away)