Mitsubishi’s “global small” platform has debuted in Europe this week with the arrival of the new Mirage at the Paris Motor Show. The B-segment car can accommodate up to five people and it’s described by the automaker as being a “no-nonsense” offering, instead of a budget car. We are dealing with a vehicle that is 3710mm long, 1665mm wide and 1490mm high, with a curb weight of 845 kg (1863 lbs) and 245 liters of cargo room if the back seats are in place.
For the European market, Mitsubishi plans on selling the Mirage with a new array of 3-cylinder gasoline engines. The base model gets a tiny 1.0-liter unit with 70 hp (52 kW) and 65 lb-ft (88 Nm) that grants a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 13.6 seconds and allows the vehicle to return 70.6 mpg UK (58.78 mpg US or 4 liters / 100 km), with CO2 emissions standing at 92 g/km.
For more money there’s the slightly larger 1.2-liter with 79 hp (59 kW) and 78 lb-ft (105 Nm), providing a sprint time of 11.7 seconds and a fuel economy of 68.9 mpg UK (57.3 mpg US or 4.1 liters / 100 km), with CO2 emissions of 96 g/km.
The new Mirage comes as standard with low-friction tires, regenerative braking, stop/start system, an intelligent battery sensor and a high-efficiency alternator. The engines are linked to a 5-speed manual transmission but Mitsubishi also has on offer a CVT gearbox but it’s not certain right now that it will be available in Europe.
As far as the suspension goes, up front it has a MacPherson strut while at the back it has a torsion beam axle with coil springs. The car will be built at the company’s new factory located in Chonburi, Thailand.
Additional details are available in the press release below.