After months of teasing, Mitsubishi has finally unveiled the 2012 Mirage. It is an entry-level model which will be launched early next year.

After months of teasing, Mitsubishi has finally unveiled the 2012 Mirage at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Built to "satisfy the needs of people all over the world," the Mirage features a slender grille, aerodynamic wheel covers and a roof-mounted spoiler.

Inside, designers adopted a "simple & clean" philosophy which aims to give the cabin a sense of airiness. The end result is debatable, but the interior boasts gloss black trim, metallic accents and a sporty instrument cluster.

Power comes from a new, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with variable valve timing and a start/stop system. Performance specifications were not released, but Mitsubishi says the engine is connected to a continuously variable transmission and is targeted to average 30.0 km/liter (3.3 l/100km / 70.6 mpg US / 84.7 mpg UK).

The 2012 Mirage will launched in Thailand this March, before being sold globally in both in emerging markets and developed nations.

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