The 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage is a small city car which is intended to be as cheap as possible in terms of running and acquisition costs. Well, we have to say that Mitsubishi did is and while it is not fast or powerful, the car is very fuel efficient as well as quite comfortable despite its harsh suspension setting.
Release date of 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage
Also, even though the car has been missing from the market for a year, the all new 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage is going to be revealed at the Chicago Auto Show in its production-ready form.
This means that the exterior will likely receive some tweaks while inside the cabin the car will receive a bit of attention as well.
There are no words about when the car will start selling on the market but considering how things usually go, it is safe to assume that the new Mirage will become available around a month or two after the Auto Show.
2016 Mitsubishi Mirage Price
The price of the car will likely mirror that of the original meaning it will start at less than $14,000 and it will go up to as far as $18,000 where there are already some interesting offerings on the market.
Unfortunately though, the new model is not entirely new. In fact, it is more of a facelift than anything else, so while the exterior and interior of the car changes, the engine as well as most of the running gear is very similar to the one before it.
Mitsubishi Mirage Interior
Let’s start our small preview of the 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage with the interior because it has to be the most important aspect of this cheap city car. Here, the dashboard has been completely redesigned and while the materials are still average at best, Mitsubishi did trow in some glossy plastic on the center stack as well as many more features than before.
For example, the car can be had with a rather cheap infotainment system which supports phone-screen mirroring which not only gives it satellite navigation but also internet radio streams and much more than that which is a really cool feature to have, especially on such a low-end car.
The seats have been redesigned as well in order to be a bit more comfortable while the driving position has also been improved.
Exterior of Mitsubishi Mirage 2016
The exterior of the car will likely get some minor changes over the car showcased a while ago. Here, we expect the front end to take Mitsubishi’s usual grille and headlights while the bumpers will be updated as well.
The car will now come as standard with slightly bigger steel rims with the option of getting light alloy ones as well. This is because both the disc brakes and the rear drums are now slightly bigger and they should stop the car faster and also allow the driver to get more control over the braking of the car.
Mitsubishi Mirage Engine
Engine wise, the 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage will hit the market with the same 1.2 liter 3 cylinder petrol engine as before but this time around, thanks to a new camshaft, it will provide a rather unimpressive 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque which is merely a 5% improvement.
The car’s older 5 speed manual and frugal CVT gearboxes are going to be carried over unchanged. There are some news here as well though. It seems that at the Chicago Auto Show, Mitsubishi is going to reveal a second engine that will power the tiny Mirage.
This could be their all new 1.2 liter 3 cylinder turbocharged mill which has been rumored for a while now. While it will likely not come in the US unchanged, we still hope that this will provide around 90 to 95 horsepower and up to 100 lb-ft of torque which will not only help with the car’s driving characteristics but it will also get improved fuel consumption as well.