LA 2015: Mitsubishi Actually Fixed The 2017 Mirage, You Guys

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
la 2015 mitsubishi em actually em fixed the 2017 mirage you guys

Seriously, they did! Look at it! Instead of being some anonymous South Asian egg, the Mitsubishi Mirage now looks like an anonymous European egg.

Okay, okay. It isn’t going to set your heart alight with desire, but Mitsubishi has done a stellar job upgrading the Mirage with the few resources it has at its disposal. This little subcompact hatchback will be the first Mitsubishi ever to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its 1.2-liter MIVEC three-cylinder engine gets an ever-so slight bump to 78 horsepower (+4 over the current Mirage). The Japanese automaker even gave the exterior and interior a fairly thorough re-work considering this is a mid-cycle refresh. And considering this is Mitsubishi we’re talking about here.

Those of you who were totally sold on the Rockford Fosgate special edition, fear not! You can still get that in the new Mirage, too, though minus the badging that tells thieves which car to hit in the Kroger parking lot.

The big news, even though the new 2017 Mirage now sports a design worthy of being on a dealer lot in the 21st century, is the new infotainment system available as standard in SE and GT models.

As before, the Mirage will be available with a five-speed manual transmission as standard throughout the trim range, while a continuously variable transmission is available for those people who want all the miles per gallon. Mitsubishi said the new Mirage will achieve better fuel economy than its predecessors thanks to a newly improved 0.27 Cd, but didn’t release actual numbers. Don’t be surprised if the improvement is a mere 1 mpg on the combined cycle.

The new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will arrive at dealers sometime in 2016, we guess, since Mitsubishi didn’t actually tell us in the press pack.

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  • Oberkanone Oberkanone on Nov 21, 2015

    quote- The 2017 Mirage will be available in three trims: ES, SE and GT. The ES and SE come with a five-speed manual transmission standard, while the GT features the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is optional on the other trims. The GT also comes standard with 15 inch wheels, gloss-black shift panel, bi-xenon HID headlights and a GT badge.-end quote That is a lot of kit on the GT. More than any other vehicle in this class.

  • Daviel Daviel on Nov 27, 2015

    5 year/60,000 m. ; 10 year/100.000 drivetrain warranty. Barebones+ transportation. good mileage. If the AC blows cold it looks like a bargain.

  • Ajla No accounting for taste but I hate the interior a lot. Motor Trend had real photos and it looks like something that would get slagged if it was in a Trax or base Maverick.
  • VX1NG I think it should but I am open and curious to hear the arguments from those who oppose income based fines.
  • EBFlex No
  • VX1NG My understanding is that by removing analog AM capabilities it will force the AM industry to transition to either analog FM or digital radio broadcasts. Both of which use radio bandwidth much more efficiently than analog AM. The downside with switching to digital radio broadcasts is, just like we saw with the analog to digital OTA TV transition; you either receive the signal or you don’t. Whereas analog FM does not have that same downside. The downside with switching to analog FM or digital FM is the coverage area is significantly smaller than AM.Phasing out analog AM would free up a large chunk of radio bandwidth and could allow for newer technologies to utilize the bandwidth.
  • Bill 80% of people do not know how to or check the condition/ status of air pressure in thier tires let alone the condition of thier tires. Periodic safety inspections ensures vehicle are safe to be on the roads. I sure would like to be confident the vehicles around me are safe because they passed a objective inspection. The cause for suspicion in the US is most safety inspection programs are subjective and do not use technology to make the determination if the vehicle is safe or not. Countries that that use technology for annual vehicle inspections have a fairly high failure rate. I live in California a state without safety inspections and the freeways are litter ed with tire fragments and parts of cars. Every time it rains the roads are congested from accidents. Instagram is full of videos of vehicles with the wheels coming of while driving on the freeway. Just hope you won't be on of the casualties that could have been prevented if the vehicle owner had spend $7-$20 for a periodic safety inspection.