By on November 7, 2019

Mitsubishi Motors

Christmas just came early for many of you. The Mitsubishi Mirage, a truly inexpensive vehicle sometimes seen wearing a worrisome shade of magenta, will soon be even better than before.

That’s because the subcompact hatch and sedan is about gain an even more dynamic and expressive exterior. Brace yourselves.

Slated to be revealed at an event in Thailand on November 18th, the global Mirage and its sedan sibling (known to North Americans as the G4; Attrage in overseas markets) will amp up the economy car goodness with a heavily revised front fascia. You might recognize the look from the 2016 Outlander.

A teaser image seems to imply the Mirage will gain LED mascara, with its headlamps underscored by a chrome stripe that flows into the border of the new grille. A two-bar insert perks up the middle of the little car’s face. Recall that the first version of this current Mirage generation boasted an air inlet so small, you’d think you were looking at a first-gen Hyundai Accent. Thus, it’s an improvement, whether you want to hand Mitsubishi that compliment or not.

Interestingly, Mitsubishi claims the exterior alterations embody the car’s “Mitsubishi-ness.”


While the basic four-door hatch will surely make its way here, the G4 variant might not. The UK won’t get it, nor will Canada. We’re waiting on word about U.S.-market availability.

As for power, don’t expect any more than what you’ve been getting. According to Autocar, the Mirage’s two global engines (a 1.0- and 1.2-liter inline-three) are expected to carry over, with North Americans gaining the punchier of the two. Currently, the Mirage makes do with 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque.

While we can poke fun at the Mirage’s bottom-rung standing in the automotive food chain, Mitsubishi is having the last laugh. U.S. buyers clearly see something they like. Unlike most other small cars, the Mirage can boast of steadily rising sales. Through the end of October, Mirage sales are up 10.8 percent in the U.S., with last month showing a 23.4 percent year-over-year volume gain.

That puts the lowly Mirage on track for its best sales year since the model’s late-2014 introduction.

[Image: Mitsubishi Motors]

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27 Comments on “The Incredibly Growing Mitsubishi Mirage Gains a New Face...”

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    We had a long discussion previously on this model and depending on your use case and acquisition cost this little engine that could is possibly a winner.

    • 0 avatar

      Yes. Back in 2014 I bought a 2014 model to deliver Pizzas in. I bought the 5 speed model and it was honestly fun to drive. It had Bluetooth, keyless entry, and power everything. It regularly did well over 50mpg and required zero maintenance aside from oil changes when I owned it.

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    Any bets on whether it’ll be better outside/in than the revamped and surprisingly-impressive Versa? Any idea why I find this way more interesting than reading yet another 911 article?

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    “incredibly growing”? Oh my, a growing car, that is incredible.
    “worrisome”? Who worries about a car color? Such odd writing.

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    ‘Ol Dougie DeMuro called the Mirage the worst new car in the US. From a 30,000-foot view, maybe he’s right. But it can’t be that bad considering base level manual transmission hatchbacks can be had for under $10k if you play your cards right. Plus, these cars come with a Hyundai-esque 5/60 bumper-to-bumper warranty. There are certainly worse new car values out there.

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    The Mirage was a fun, stylish well-made car in the 80s, and certainly not the butt of jokes. Why can’t they do now, what they did then? This company is most baffling. Ditto the (erstwhile) Galant. These cars were serious contenders in the late 80s/early 90s. What happened?

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    “U.S. buyers clearly see something they like.”
    I think “afford” is the word you’re looking for, there…

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      SCE to AUX

      Product differentiation is vital in today’s market. Producing another Camry/Accord/Sonata – or in this case – Corolla/Civic/Elantra (or Accent) is a sure way to lose.

      This is the affordable, simple car many buyers want, with no concern about 0-60 times or skidpad performance. Reasonable reliability makes it more appealing than other, more expensive cars.

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    Im glad I’m not stuck having to drive bottom feeder cars like this, but that said this thing serves a purpose: it saves money. Something no hybrid ir electric car will EVER do so long as this is an option at this price point. It’s proof that ICE’s are the best bang for the buck.

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      SCE to AUX

      “It’s proof that ICE’s are the best bang for the buck”

      If that was the only metric for every buyer, then even you would drive a Mirage – but you don’t.

      EVs do have lower operating costs, but that’s not why most people buy them. And ‘saving the environment’ isn’t why, either.

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        When it comes to cheap econoboxes, what other metric matters? They primarily sell to people with modest means or a strict budget, don’t care enough about cars to spend more than necessary, or they’re purchased to get chewed up on a daily commute. ‘Operating costs’ are absolutely cheaper with EVs but the initial buy in is enough to buy 2 mirages. With the mirage getting 50mpg, and using the most economical of consumables, you’ll never see a return.

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          The Mirage does not get anywhere near 50mpg. Not sure what planet you’re on, that’s hybrid territory. And saying that this car is “proof” that ICE engines are cheaper is ignoring so many factors, like 1) electric cars are getting cheaper and cheaper, and 2) none of them are as tinny or cheap as this poor excuse for a car.

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            Same planet as ahintofpepperjack above, and a coworker who owns a manual one for his Vancouver-Beaverton commute every day. EVs ‘getting cheaper’? Bahaha that means less than nothing! A chevy bolt or nissan leaf is every bit as cheap, dorky looking and embarassing as any other econobox, yet you’re paying mid $30K for it. That buys a Hemi Challenger/Charger, Camaro or mustang with V8, Jeep Wrangler, any truck without an insane option list…if that’s your budget, you’re gonna buy some malformed electric crap can? That’s gotta be some tasty kool aid!

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            FYI , 43 mpg is what the inept dolts at the EPA got. Any halfway competent driver can beat that, if we’re talking manuals. ‘Nowhere near’…..Ok, you’re the expert.

          • 0 avatar

            Umm, the Mirage can easily get over 50mpg with the 5 speed on a regular basis. I suggest you look at the fuel logs on the website. Many members have gotten over 60mpg’s with their 5 speed.

          • 0 avatar

            I have a Bolt. It’s hardly luxurious but it feels about ten years newer and more sophisticated than the Mirage.

            Where I live, it’s also a whole lot less “embarrassing” than a Mustang or Challenger. Your geography may vary.

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            Mine did when it was new. Best tank I ever saw was about 52. It has 130,000 on it now, and mpg is usually in the mid-40s.

            These cars absolutely can and DO get over 50 mpg.

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            Dal—I live in the suburbs of Portland, OR. Greenie mobiles stand a fighting chance here because of the demographics. Same group who always look dour and miserable or at best smug in their priuses. All Im gonna say is people are gonna judge you no matter what you do, and seeking approval is a losers game so the only way to win is to do whatever the hell you want. Judgemental eco-weenies are the LAST group Im here to appease and if a Challenger with an uncorked Hemi puts me on their bad side that’s a win for me.

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    This is a nice car for either a college student or somebody just starting the work force. I would prefer this over the vulgar Escalade.

    I would be thrilled if GM or Ford produced a decent entry level car like this.

    The front end is a huge improvement. This is actually a good looking car.

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