By on July 24, 2018

2017 Mirage GT

Having already bastardized the Eclipse name by affixing it to a new crossover vehicle, there’s palpable fear within the automotive media that Mitsubishi might try the same with another iconic property. While FTO and 3000GT don’t have the right ring to them, we can imagine trendy performance SUV wearing an Evolution badge — to our chagrin.

In our fantasies, we imagine Mitsubishi bringing back a new, harder-hitting Lancer compact and a menacing mid-sized Galant. Maybe the Starion could even make an appearance. However, those models probably wouldn’t sell outside the Land of Make Believe even if they were stellar models. Sport utility vehicles and crossovers are where the money’s at right now, and cash is exactly what Mitsubishi is after.

Keeping that in mind, a new rumor claims the brand is working with Nissan to get its Alliance partner’s modular platform inside the Mirage, or whatever replaces it. The end result will be a small crossover with sporting pretensions, which doesn’t sound bad in the least. 

Essentially, it’ll be Mitsubishi’s equivalent of the next Nissan Juke, a model that never saw enough love in North America. The report from Japan’s Response (応答) indicated it should use the Mirage name, either replacing the model entirely or tacking on the Cross appendix and selling the two models alongside each other.

There was also a rumor earlier this year that the Lancer name was being considered for a small crossover yet to be built. This model would certainly fit the bill, so perhaps the naming strategy hasn’t been settled upon yet.

A 0.9-liter turbo engine with three cylinders is presumed to be the base engine. That unit is estimated to output around 94 horsepower, which is an improvement on the current Mirage but not exactly impressive. There’s also a rumored 1.5 liter turbo diesel and the prospect of an EV model. Mitsubishi also intends to implement coupe-like styling so it can compete with the Suzuki Swift.

With those powerplants and that target, it’s easy to imagine this model staying overseas indefinitely. However, that would leave Mitsubishi short of a subcompact in North America. The Outlander Sport is roughly the same size as the new Eclipse Cross and both would be about almost a foot longer than the hypothetical Mirage crossover.

Either way, the vehicle is supposed to debut in 2019 as a 2020 model.

[Image: Mitsubishi]

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13 Comments on “Mitsubishi Mirage May Become Brand’s Next Crossover Vehicle...”

  • avatar
    Carroll Prescott

    What Mitsubishi is doing is proof that the CUV/SUV situation is a fad and not a prolonged change in buying tastes (just like coupes were once the rage and now aren’t and when sedans and station wagons ruled).

    We’ll be back to cars when the price of gas goes through the roof and it will be impossible to build a fuel efficient CUV/SUV that can match what a lighter car can do.

    Book it.

    • 0 avatar

      Utility will never go out of style, it may take various shapes and forms, but historically if your car can carry people and their stuff, you’re good

    • 0 avatar

      This is PROOF! How so? Because you wish it was? I read the article twice now, and I can’t find any proof, except that Mitsubishi is investing in developing vehicles they can actually sell and make money on. There is nothing to suggest anything close to your contention. What’s the best selling Toyota? Nope, not Camry or Corolla. Its the Rav4. Best selling Nissan? Nope, not Altima or Maxima, but Rouge. The only reason those sedans are as high as they are on the charts is due to rental fleet sales. Sure, some people still buy cars, but those are quickly being overtaken by utilities in virtually every automaker’s lot. Name any car maker, I bet you their utility offerings outsell their car offerings.

      Yep, utilities are such a fad, for 27 years and counting now. And people will BEG for cramped, hard-to-see-out-of 32 mpg cars to replace their 31 MPG CUVs that have far more room, better visibility and more usefulness. Book it.

      When were coupes more popular than sedans and wagons? Half past never? What you said is proof that your logic is faulty, nowhere has there been a “return” to a former style once a better one has replaced it. Did people “return” to station wagons after minivans became less popular? Only if you count CUVs as wagons, which again destroys the logic of your arguments as you’ve claimed that wagons are far superior to CUVs (ergo they can’t be the same vehicle). Did businesses “return” to panel wagons based on pickups after van craze of the 70s faded?

      The only return, in a sense, is back to the pre-war era when cars had more ground clearance and a taller profile. Sounds a lot like a CUV, doesn’t it? Except, this time the cargo area is integrated with the passenger area to increase the versatility. If anything, sedans as you think of them were the fad.

      This is not to say I don’t like cars or that I prefer CUVs, because I don’t. But, I’m not going to run around pretending the writing isn’t on the wall just because I wish it wasn’t so.

  • avatar

    What can you possibly gain by going smaller than the Outlander Sport? Ford’s Echosport is too small to be usable.

  • avatar

    In the past month I’ve noticed a surprisingly large number of these mini-Mitsus, mostly in garish colors, on the road here in Indiana.

    Is this a sign that a 500 FICO score is again good enough to get you in new wheels?

  • avatar
    Trucky McTruckface

    Good God. Mitsubishi was so close to having to abandon the U.S. market, provided they’d had competent enough leadership to realize it was game over.

    We were so close to not having to look at their God awful wares anymore.

    But no. They hung on just long enough make a few bucks thanks to credit criminals and cheapskates desperate to own something, anything, resembling a new SUV. Now we’re all subjected to multiplying derivatives of the laughable Mirage and commercials with rapping salesmen. Great.

    Friggin’ Mitsubishi. If you spent five years getting dropped off at school in an Expo LRV, you’d hate them, too.

  • avatar

    Mitsubishi has carved a niche for itself with this car, being the cheapest wheels you can buy new. They’re all over every US metro area.

    Buy going to a crossover the price is going to bump up and they’re going to forfeit that position to someone else. SAD!

  • avatar

    Nothing magic about the Mirage name to me. I had one: it sucked. A Dyson should suck so well.

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