Mitsubishi Motors has entered the A-Segment in South Africa today by introducing the new three-model Mirage range with the R1 899 per month finance proposition.
The new Mitsubishi Mirage enters the local market with the full might of the Mitsubishi brand behind it – a badge which signifies exceptional reliability, integrity and practicality from one of Japan’s foremost automotive manufacturers, and one which has produced some of the world’s most iconic vehicles.
Three brand-new Mirage derivatives make up the new range in South Africa, each of which has been designed to offer different levels of specification with no compromise on powertrain, safety or efficiency.
The rounded front end is optimised for aerodynamic efficiency and visual appeal, and makes way for the vehicle’s compact proportions.
The upbeat and cheerful paint colour spectrum available on the new Mirage range comprises a mix of bright and trendy colours which highlight the fun-to-drive element of this new vehicle. From Lemonade Yellow Metallic to Medium Blue Mica and Red Metallic, all hues liven up the already bubbly personality of the new Mirage.
The five-door design also sees strong styling creases on the flanks met by either 14- or 15-inch wheels, and the pert rear end features a sassy design theme and characterful tail light clusters. Compact proportions – the Mirage is just 3.71 metres long – enhance manoeuvrability, as does the exceptionally tight, class-leading turning radius of just 4.6 metres.
On the inside, the Mirage boasts an unexpectedly roomy cabin, finished in attractive and durable cloth trim. All models also feature five cup or bottle holders, folding rear seats in a 60:40 split and height adjustment for the driver’s seat.
The delightful specification level is perfect for the supermini market – standard features across the range include dual airbags, air conditioning, electric windows, a radio/CD audio system and steering wheel audio controls.
Each of the three derivatives is powered by Mitsubishi’s surprisingly sprightly 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder DOHC petrol engine. The impressive power – 57 kW at 6 000 rpm – is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The 100 Nm of torque peaks at 4 000 rpm.
Featuring MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control), fuel efficiency was the most important engineering attribute during Mirage development. The results speak for themselves – the Mirage is touted as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid petrol-engined vehicle in the United States.
Average fuel economy on the combined cycle in the South African context is just 4.9-litres per 100 km, with CO2 emissions of 115 g/km. The new Mirage is fitted with a 35-litre fuel tank which equates to potential range of over 700 km. Lightweight construction also aids in reducing fuel consumption, and the Mirage is claimed to be the lightest 5-door, 5-passenger vehicle on sale in the USA – its kerb weight is just 825 kg.
Pricing and warranty
All new Mitsubishi Mirage models are backed by Mitsubishi’s comprehensive 3-year/ 100 000 km warranty. Service intervals are set at every 15 000 km, and a 2-year/ 30 000 km service plan is included in the retail price.
|New Mitsubishi Mirage||Retail price incl. VAT|
|Mirage 1.2 MIVEC GL 5M/T||R124,900 (incl. 12 months comprehensive insurance)|
|Mirage 1.2 MIVEC GLX 5M/T||R134,900 (incl. 12 months comprehensive insurance)|
|Mirage 1.2 MIVEC GLS 5M/T||R144,900 (incl. 12 months comprehensive insurance)|