Another Look At Mitsubishi's New Subcompact

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
another look at mitsubishi s new subcompact

Mitsubishi’s booth at the Canadian International Auto Show was a surprisingly well populated – the Evo and the new Outlander were drawing most of the attention.

Looking neglected was the new unnamed compact, which Mitsu touted as being a hit in Thailand and Japan. With only 70 horsepower on tap, this one might be a bit too wimpy even for small car friendly Canada.

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  • Mykl Mykl on Feb 19, 2013

    That car looks miserable.

  • Dolorean Dolorean on Feb 19, 2013

    Stupid statement alert. I'm supposing that this wee Mitsu is the response to the Mazda 2 in the NA area of the world. Should be plenty o' fun, but be better with the 1.2L diesel.

  • Niky Niky on Feb 19, 2013

    The Mazda2 is much longer and heavier. And the engine range is different. The Mazda2 goes from 1.3 to 1.5, the Mirage goes from 1.0 to 1.2. The Mirage 1.2 is down a lot of horses on paper from the 1.3 Mazda2, but it feels a hell of a lot punchier due to the low weight. And the Mirage has similar legroom and elbowroom. Frankly... you start wondering why the Mazda has to be so much bigger, and how Mitsubishi, which has nearly no money, was able to out-Mazda Mazda by making a decent-sized car so light. Then again... a Mazda2 is still loads more fun to fling down a mountain road... so Mazda has that.

  • Dwight Dwight on Feb 19, 2013

    I just visited the Toronto Auto show and I didn't see any attention being brought to anything at the Mitsu exhibit. And the green "Colt" on display was useless since you couldn't sit in it. The only thing that caught my eye was the $51,000 Lancer. Have they actually sold one of those?