2014 Mitisubishi Mirage makes North American debut at Montreal Auto Show

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
An all-new Mitsubishi subcompact made its North American debut recently at the Montreal Auto Show. Canada’s newest subcompact, the five-door Mitsubishi promises class-leading fuel economy and value for money in a youthful, fun-to-drive hatchback. No name was given to the car, but we expect it to be called the Mirage.

Wider than Chevrolet Spark, taller than Hyundai Accent and longer than Scion iQ, the new car (known as Mirage in other markets) is based on Mitsubishi Motor Corporation’s successful global small car and will arrive in Canada this fall. Produced in Thailand and featuring a 1.2L, three-cylinder MIVEC engine mated to a five-speed manual or CVT transmission, the new car is expected to achieve superb fuel economy in city, highway and combined driving.

Based on the ‘Global Small’ concept car unveiled by Shin Fujioka 12 months ago, the new entry becomes the fifth model in the MMSCAN line-up. When it arrives at MMSCAN’s 84 dealerships, it will rank as one of Canada’s most affordable and fuel efficient new cars.

Describing it as MMSCAN’s “latest ultra-efficient vehicle” Quebec sales manager Patrick Renaud added it has a class-leading fuel economy of about 39 mpg.

Preliminary specifications are: Length, 3,780 mm; width, 1665 mm; height, 1500 mm; wheelbase, 2450 mm; wheels/tires, 165/65R14; output, 74 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 74 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.

MMSCAN research reveals subcompact car consumers hold five key purchase considerations: Fuel economy, value for money, price, reliability and exterior styling. The new Mitsubishi is expected to hit squarely on all five, leading the industry in several.

Fuel Economy / Price / Value for Money
MMSCAN expects the new car’s fuel economy to be among the best for gasoline-powered cars in Canada. In terms of affordability, MMSCAN will announce final retail pricing closer to the sale date, however it expects an MSRP in the low teens for a model that will feature an impressive, long list of standard equipment.

The 2014 Mitsubishi subcompact is backed by the best warranty in the world – 10 years or 100,000 miles limited powertrain, five years or 62,000 miles limited new vehicle and five years, unlimited mileage roadside assistance.

Additionally, it is designed with Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body system. RISE combines an impact energy-absorbing front end with a high-rigidity cabin structure.

Exterior Styling
The new car’s headlamp design and sculpted hood create an expressive frontal “face”. The sides feature a taut belt line that starts down low from behind the front wheel and rises gently towards the rear. The roof line curves down towards the rear spoiler. Through fluid analysis and wind tunnel testing, Mitsubishi has crafted the optimal design to reduce air resistance.

The newest Mitsubishi comes with a palette of seven body colours including Green Metallic, Dark Grey, Blue Mica, Red Metallic, White, Cool Silver Metallic and Black Mica.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013
at 12:17pm by The Sub-Editor

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