• As Tflcar predicted: here comes the Mitsubishi Mirage!


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    I am delighted to see the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage make an appearance at the 2013 New York International Auto Show and so are you. Mitsubishi managed to defy a harsh market and stay in business with a nearly empty (new) product portfolio in the United States. As I reported in (this) post, the new Mitsubishi Mirage has some serious potential.

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    Good news, the Mitsubishi Mirage’s transmissions will consist of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) AND a five-speed manual transmission. Either transmission will be connected to a 74 horsepower, 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that makes 74 lbs-feet of torque. That may not sound like a ton (it isn’t), but the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage weighs as much as a flea.

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    Mitsubishi added three-inches to the wheelbase of the Mitsubishi Mirage over the home-market’s version. I guess we Americans are a funky, chunky bunch. This added length should make it a hair longer than the Chevrolet Spark, which is its main competitor. It will also be a tiptoe away from the Mazda2’s length.

    Here’s Mitsubishi’s take on what we can expect with the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage:

    “The affordable 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage boasts a number of welcome standard and available features including:

    • Estimated 40 mpg combined fuel economy (37 mpg city/44 mpg highway; pending EPA fuel mileage rating)
    • 7 air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
    • 4 speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with USB/iPod® input
    • 60/40 split folding rear seat
    • Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)
    • Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist (HSA) (CVT-equipped models)
    • 4-wheel Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)111249_2014_Mitsubishi_Mirage_NYAS_17
    • Power windows with driver’s side auto-up/down
    • RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) safety cell body/chassis technology
    • Rear Spoiler
    • Automatic Climate Control
    • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
    • Available options include Navigation with Rearview Camera, Parking Assist and LED Interior Illumination Packages” – – Mitsubishi Media USA

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    Mitsubishi is keeping pricing and an official release date mum. Being that the Chevy Spark starts at just over $12,000 – it’s not a stretch to see Mitsubishi’s prices for the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage follow suit.

    One thing is for sure, I love tiny cars and I can’t wait to play with this one!

    Check out this video with the Mitsubishi Mirage’s main rival in the USA – the Chevrolet Spark.

    I know that gear-heads will poo-poo small, rodent-powered cars like these. The way I look at it, if it makes you smile, it’s a good car. Who knows? Maybe the Mitsubishi Mirage will make people smile.

    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum.  His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.
    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism – Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.

    Nathan Adlen
    Nathan Adlen
    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.

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    4 thoughts on “As Tflcar predicted: here comes the Mitsubishi Mirage!

    1. Hey there Nathan –

      “Mitsubishi added three-inches to the wheelbase of the Mitsubishi Mirage over the home-market’s version. I guess we Americans are a funky, chunky bunch.”

      Americans’ chunkiness isn’t the issue… Mitsu didn’t actually lengthen the wheelbase, but the overall length of the car. And the addition is to the rear end, in the form of a beefier rear bumper: U.S. and Canada-specific Mirage rear bumper

      I’m excited about this car too (yes, excited enough to start an fan site about it). As a cheap, cheerful, 3-cylinder gas miser, I think it’s got the potential to create the same sort of cult following the original Geo Metro did. (I actually still own one of those!)

      Cheers-
      Darin.

        1. No problemo! Looking forward to what you think of the Mirage. I’ve seen a bunch of your video reviews before, and they’re fun to watch.

    2. I look forward to this little car being released; it looks pretty nice and the great fuel economy numbers are very attractive… Mitsubishi had better give it a good price too to entice younger buyers like me! Check out the Mitsubishi G4 Concept, it’s basically a sedan version of the Mirage Hatchback, but with a much more attractive exterior. Mitsubishi has said they want to roll out the new sedan version of the Mirage globally, so I can’t wait for us to get it here in the states.

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