Whilst the challenge of “new frontier” technologies such as real-life PHEV might seem daunting, no less so is that of engineering a new generation of small cars, with all the constrains of this genre. More so if the said vehicle is meant to tackle ALL world markets, whether mature or emerging.
The first product to be developed by MMC off its all-new and innovative “Global Small” platform, Mirage can be summed up as:
- One architecture + one factory + one car for one open world.
- Not an MMC “low cost” offering, but instead, a rational / no-nonsense product for a converging and fast growing global small car market:
- Emerging middle-class in emerging countries.
- Running cost conscious customers in mature regions.
- Global consistency through “engineering-first” approach.
Taking into consideration the environmental (CO2emissions) and financial (fuel economy and running costs) challenges global customers are now faced with, it became obvious for MMC R&D that the very concept of “small car” had to be completely reviewed.
More so for the European market where the highly popular B-Segment has drifted away over the last 20 years from its fundamentals with over-specified and over-sized products, often similar what European C-Segment cars used to be.
At the same time, the point was neither for MMC to bring a cheap, de-contented product nor a “low cost” vehicle. Instead MMC will produce a rational, no-nonsense product, with the expected quality and reliability Mitsubishi Motors is renowned for.
Short (3710 mm), light (from 845 kg), sleek (Cd: 0.27), efficient (4.0 l /100km), clean (92 g/km) and peppy (0-100 km/h in 13”6), the Mitsubishi Mirage remains nonetheless roomy (1651 mm total legroom), comfortable (for 5 occupants) and nimble (short 4.6 m turning circle despite a wide 1665 mm body), whilst offering the level of comfort, equipment and safety expected nowadays.
In Europe, the Mirage is powered by a new generation of lightweight and compact low friction 3-cylinder petrol engines, available in either 1.0 l or 1.2 l displacements. Lively and thrifty, both use Mitsubishi Motors’ MIVEC variable valve timing system (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system)
|Output||Torque||0-100 km/h||Fuel cons.
|Space Star 1.0
|71 ps||88 Nm||13”6||4.0 l/100km||92 g/km|
|Space Star 1.2
|80 ps||106 Nm||11”7||4.1 l/100 km||96 g/km|
- As customary now with Mitsubishi Motors products in Europe, Mirage is equipped (depending on market and model) with the full palette of low CO2 technologies, including:
- Auto Stop & Go,
- Regenerative braking system,
- High-efficiency 95 Ah alternator,
- Intelligent battery sensor (“IBS”),
- 165/65R14 low friction tyres,For Mirage, this package now also features a 3-bar “Eco Drive Assist” display in the instrument cluster (depending on market and model) meant to gives a visual indication of how economically the vehicle is being driven based on current fuel consumption and vehicle speed.Last but not least, as an alternative to the standard 5-speed manual gearbox, Mirage can be fitted with the newest version of Mitsubishi’s INVECS-III CVT wide-ratio transmission (depending on market and model) which now uses a sub-gear train to deliver a better acceleration and fuel economy. Extending the engine speed range over which the lockup clutch engages and optimisation of transmission control has contributed to a further reduction in fuel consumption without affecting acceleration performance.
|1.0 l MIVEC AS&G||1.2 l MIVEC AS&G||1.2 l MIVEC AS&G|
|(5-speed M/T)||(5-speed M/T)||(CVT)|
0 – 100 km/h
52 kW (71 ps)
@ 6000 rpm
88 Nm @ 5000 rpm
92 g/km172 km/h
59 kW (80 ps)
@ 6000 rpm
106 Nm @ 4000 rpm
96 g/km180 km/h
59 kW (80 ps)
106 Nm@4000 rpm
95 g/km173 km/h