The Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback could be Mitsubishi’s India bound small car!
A small car is what Mitsubishi India desperately needs if it wants to dig itself out of the morass it is currently into. Next month’s Tokyo Motor Show will have an interesting reveal by Japanese automaker, Mitsubishi, of that of the Mirage global hatchback. Here’s why we think that this is the car that Mitsubishi might bring to India in 2012 or beyond.
Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi released a sketch of its upcoming global small car. By the looks of it, the Mitsubishi Mirage looks strikingly similar to the global small car concept that Mitsubishi showed us back then. Therefore, there’s a very fat chance that the Mirage is the car that Mitsubishi will bring to India in 2012 or beyond.
The Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback will first go on sale in the Thailand market in March 2012, after which it could see a Japanese home market launch in the middle of 2012. Given that the Mitsubishi Colt will bow out of Mitsubishi’s line up sometime next year, the Mirage is expected to fill the Colt’s shoes in all markets that the Colt used to sell thus far.
Mitsubishi had announced a range of two engines for the Mirage, both three cylinder petrol powered units in capacities of 1 liter and 1.2 liters. A CVT transmission was also to be in the scheme of things and from the images of the Mirage we have with us, Mitsubishi has indeed endowed the Mirage hatchback with an automatic transmission.
A start-stop system to maximize mileage and minimize emissions, regenerative braking to keep the battery juiced up without putting load on the alternator thus saving fuel, low friction engine parts and light weight materials is what Mitsubishi will use to make the Mirage a very fuel efficient car. An electric version of the Mirage is also on its way for global markets.