Will head to India in late 2012 to compete with i10, Beat, A-Star and Figo
Mitsubishi has resurrected the Mirage badge after seven years at the Tokyo Auto Show, with the official unveiling of the production version of the new 2012 Mitsubishi Mirage. The sub-compact city car will go on sale in Thailand in March 2012 and other developing markets like India will follow. The Mirage will compete with the likes of Hyundai i10, Chevrolet Beat, Maruti Suzuki A-Star and Ford Figo.
The Mirage will be powered with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, and a possible addition of a 1.2-litre three-cylinder variant. It features a start/stop engine management system and is coupled to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which distributes the power to the front two wheels. Mitsubishi claims a fuel mileage figure of 30kmpl for the Japanese-spec model, and if this is true the Mirage will be the most efficient non-electric car in Japan. In terms of size, the Mirage stands 1490mm tall, 3710mm long and 1665mm wide, which make it a little smaller than the Nissan Micra and slightly bigger than the Honda Brio.
Mitsubishi has not established its presence in the small car segment in India yet. However, even with its bland looks coupled with the plain and simple – read boring – interiors, the 2012 Mirage could be the golden entry ticket the company is vying for to enter the small car segment in India; if they put a clever price tag on the car.
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