Mitsubishi’s Mirage siblings have both received an update for the 2016 model year, bringing refreshed styling, improved on-road dynamics and new interior tech.
Both the micro-sized hatch and light-sized sedan have received the makeover, which includes a new front grille with chrome accents, new front and rear bumpers, a reshaped bonnet and new wheel designs (alloys for the LS variant, wheel covers for the ES).
Two new paint finishes join the colour palate: Sunrise Orange and Wine Red.
Mitsubishi says its engineers paid particular attention to the Mirage’s suspension, which has been tuned for better balance, handling and ride comfort.
The new suspension complements changes to the electric power steering system, which has been tweaked for better steering response.
Models fitted with the CVT automatic have been calibrated for better rolling acceleration, while manual models score hill-start assist.
The interior scores a new high-grade seating trim with cushioned rear seats, along with chrome and piano-black highlights.
There’s also an outside air temperature display (for the LS) and updated air-conditioning controls for the ES (LS retains climate control), while a vanity mirror and ticket holder have been added to the passenger sun visor. LS Sedan gains standard cruise control.
Mitsubishi perhaps has its eye on regaining the title of ‘Australia’s Cheapest Car’ in the annual surveys from Australia’s motoring groups, with servicing costs reduced over four years by $270 under Mitsubishi’s capped-price system.
The Mirage lost its most-affordable crown to the Suzuki Celerio last year, at least in Victoria and Queensland.
Power still comes via a 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine making 57kW and 100Nm.
Mirage is also the most fuel-frugal car in the micro class in Australia, with an official figure as low as 4.6 l/100km.
“Mirage is already packed with great standard features, so for 2016 we’ve made meaningful improvements to Mirage’s Capped-Price Servicing costs, dynamic performance and visual appeal, while preserving Mirage’s attractive price point, which we know is critical to value-conscious micro car shoppers,” Mitsubishi Australia Executive Director of Marketing, Tony Principe, said.
“Mirage is still the most affordable car in Australia with 5-star ANCAP safety, and it’s this combined with Mirage’s low running costs, great packaging and class-leading fuel economy that has made it one of the top picks in the micro segment since 2013.”
The 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage is on sale now, with prices starting from $12,250 plus on-road costs (up from $11,990). The LS manual hatch has been deleted for 2016, and there are price-rises across the board (although sedan prices have risen by only $10).
Mirage models are backed by a five-year, 100,000km warranty, four years capped-price servicing and five years roadside assistance.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2016 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE
- ES five-speed manual - $12,250
- ES CVT auto - $14,250
- LS CVT auto - $15,250
- ES five-speed manual - $14,500
- ES CVT auto - $16,500
- LS CVT auto - $17,500