12th-Nov-2011: Mitsubishi, which has no hatchback in Indian market till date, is now mulling to bring in a hatch known as Mitsubishi Mirage. The Mirage is a new B-segment model developed for emerging markets. The Japanese car manufacturer, Mitsubishi had showcased the sketch of its global small car, at the 2011 Geneva Auto Expo and the small car has popped up at the Tokyo Motor Show in December, 2011. Mirage can head towards India and can arrive next year after being launched in Thailand in March, 2012 followed by the launch in Japan sometime during the mid 2012. At an expected price of Rs 5 lakh, Mirage could genuinely turn out to be a life-saver for Mitsubishi as hatchback sector occupies the major chunk of car sales in India.
Mitsubishi Motors is one of the illustrious automaker, which have quite a lot impeccable vehicle models in its fleet. In India, the company is selling a few vehicles, which are doing impressive business for them. It is manufactured under the collaboration of Hindustan Motors Limited and Mitsubishi India. This is one of the oldest joint ventures in the country, which was done in the year 1998. Now the car maker has announced about the launch of one of its affordable small car model Mitsubishi Mirage, which is being sold in quite a few markets across the world. It is expected that this five door hatchback will arrive sometime later this year. According to the rumors, the company is going to launch this vehicle with the same petrol engine, which is being sold in other international markets. The comfort and safety features along with the braking as well as its suspension mechanism too seem to be similar. Under the bonnet, this hatchback is expected to come fitted with a 1.2-litre, MIVEC petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1193cc. This DOHC based power plant has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 74bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 100.3Nm that is quite good for Indian road and traffic conditions. It is expected to be mated with a five speed manual or automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. It helps in delivering an impressive performance along with decent mileage. Its braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient and keeps it well balanced and stable at all road conditions. Its braking system is further augmented by ABS along with electronic brake force distribution, which prevents it from wheel locking, especially on the slippery roads.
The company is going to launch this hatchback series with an attractive body structure, which will give it a captivating look on the roads. It is expected to come with quite a few exterior paint options for the buyers to select from. The exteriors of this compact hatchback are designed with a radiator grille, which is fitted with a thick body colored strip. Furthermore, it also has trendy headlight cluster featuring high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicator that gives it a dynamic look. It has a body colored bumper, which houses a large air dam for cooling the engine. This air dam is flanked by a pair of round shaped fog lamps. Apart from these, it also has electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, a set of alloy wheels, a neatly designed headlight cluster, windscreen with intermittent wipers and many other such aspects. Apart from the attractive exteriors, the car maker has promises to give it a spacious internal cabin as well. It is designed in a dual tone color scheme along with various features for giving a pleasurable driving experience. At the same time, it is spacious enough for accommodating five passengers and it offers ample leg space along with head room. Its dashboard is quite smooth and fitted with features like AC vents, a large glove box, an advanced instrument panel, which has a lot of functions for keeping the driver updated. For making the journey joyful, this hatchback is bestowed with an advanced music system, which is equipped with several input options along with speakers. It is incorporated with a lot of sophisticated features, which gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. The wide and well cushioned seats are covered with premium upholstery and integrated with adjustable head restraints. The company is going to integrate this hatchback with numerous safety features including an advanced engine immobilizer, seat belts for all occupants along with driver seat belt warning notification, a centrally located high mounted stop lamp, rear defogger and many other such aspects for giving a stress free driving experience. This compact hatchback will compete against the likes of Fiat Punto EVO, Tata Vista, Nissan Micra Active, Hyundai i10, Renault Pulse, Ford Fogo, upcoming Skoda Citigo and many other vehicles in this segment.
This yet to be launched hatchback series is going to come with a distinct external appearance, which has a sleek and lustrous body line. At the same time, its compact size makes it perfect for maneuvering on city roads and easy to handle as well. To begin with the front fascia, this vehicle is designed with a radiator grille, which is divided by a thick body colored strip. There is a sleek bonnet, which is embedded with a prominent company insignia at the tip. This grille is flanked by a well designed headlight cluster, which is integrated with halogen headlamps and side turn indicators. Just below this, it has a body colored bumper, which houses a wide air intake section for cooling the engine. This air dam is surrounded by a pair of fog lamps that adds to the visibility of driver, especially in bad weather conditions. It has a large windscreen, which is pretty wide and gives a proper view ahead. It is made of green tinted glass and is accompanied by a couple of intermittent wipers. Coming to its side profile, this vehicle has a conventional design like any other hatchback in its class. It has body colored door handles and outside rear view mirrors, which are electrically adjustable and fitted with side turn indicator. While the black finished B pillars and window sill enhances the look of its side profile. The company has also given it body colored protective molding, which prevents the vehicle from minor damages. The flared up wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a sturdy set of steel or alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which provides a superior grip on any road conditions. On the other hand, its rear end is nicely designed with a body colored bumper that houses a pair of reflectors along with courtesy lamp. Its curvy tailgate is skilfully decorated with chrome inserts and variant badging. The neatly crafted tail light cluster is incorporated with halogen based reverse and brake light along with side turn indicator. The windscreen has a defogger along with a wash and wipe function. It also has a sporty rear spoiler, which is integrated with a high mounted stop lamp that adds to the safety quotient. All these features put together going to make it one of the good looking vehicle in its segment.
The overall length of this hatchback series measures about 148.8-inches, whereas the width of this vehicle is about 65.6-inches, which includes both external rear view mirrors. The decent height is about 59.1-inches that ensures ample head room for all occupants. The wheelbase is measures about 96.5-inches, which offers a spacious cabin inside and it has a decent ground clearance of 6.3-inches as well. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of five meters, which is rather good for this class.
The company is going to give this hatchback a roomy internal cabin, which is incorporated with a lot of sophisticated features. It can easily accommodate five passengers and provides ample leg space and head room for all. The cabin is decorated with a dual tone color scheme, while the high quality plastic further gives it a plush look. The cabin is equipped with ergonomically designed seats, which are well cushioned. These seats are covered with premium fabric upholstery, which gives a nice look. The driver's seat is expected to come with height adjustment facility, while the front center arm rest has a bit of storage space beneath it. The front seats are quite comfortable and the rear seats have a firm cushioning, a foldable center arm rest and height adjustable headrests. The rear seat comes with foldable facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. It has a smooth dashboard, which houses several features like a large voluminous glove box, an instrument panel with a lot of functions for keeping the driver updated, a three spoke steering wheel with multifunctional switches and many more. The steering wheel, hand brake lever as well as gear shift indicator are wrapped with premium leather and gives the cabin a classy look. It has a stylish instrument cluster, which has two dials reflecting green back light from within. Inside the dials, the green lit needles add to the charm of this panel. The trip computer in the middle includes a digital fuel meter, clock, distance to empty (DTE) and trip meters. The company has given a glossy black finish along with aluminum surround to center fascia. The cockpit is bestowed with ergonomically designed controls and switches that are easy to reach and operate. The company has given its a power assisted steering wheel, which is tilt adjustable and makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions. The car maker has equipped the cabin with several utility based features like front sun visors with vanity mirror, cup and bottle holders, front seat back pockets, rear parcel shelf, front map pockets, remote fuel lid opener and many other such aspects for convenience of the occupants. Moreover, it also has a 12V power socket that is quite useful for passengers for charging their electronic devices.
As per the speculation, the manufacturer will bless this hatchback series with a lengthy list of comfort features, which helps it to provide a fatigue free traveling experience. It is expected to be fitted with a height adjustable driver seat that makes it more convenient for the driver. It is bestowed with an automatic air conditioning system, which cools the cabin instantly and creates a pleasant ambiance. It further includes dust and pollen filter along with dual air vents on rear center console. For best in car entertainment, it is expected to be equipped with an advanced music system with several input options. It supports CD/MP3 player, radio, USB interface, Aux-in port along with six speakers that offer high quality sound experience. It also supports Bluetooth connectivity for pairing mobile phones. The multifunction steering wheel is mounted with phone and audio control buttons for convenience of its driver. Its advanced instrument panel comes with illumination control function and is equipped with a lot of functions for keeping the driver updated. It is equipped with a digital tachometer, an electronic tripmeter, low fuel warning light, outside temperature display, door ajar warning lamp, digital clock and driver seat belt reminder notification. Additionally, the steering wheel with height and length adjustable feature further adds to the convenience. It might also get front and rear power windows with one touch up and down function. Besides these, the windscreen and windows have tinted glasses that add to the convenience of its passengers. Apart from these, it also has rear defroster with timer, grab handle on passenger side, driver's seat height adjustment, steering wheel with height adjustment, front seats with separate head rests and folding rear seat. In addition to these, it has a vanity mirror in front left sun visor, foldable roof handles for front and rear passengers, lights on acoustic signal, coat hook on rear roof handles and a remote control release of boot lid.
This upcoming vehicle is anticipated to be come with a spacious internal section, which provides ample leg space and head as well as shoulder room to all five passengers. The model, which is currently running on the roads of other countries has a decent luggage compartment, which can be increased by folding its rear seat. It also has a massive fuel tank that has a storage capacity of 40 litres, which is quite good for planning longer journeys.
The power plant with a five speed manual transmission gearbox enables the vehicle to zoom towards a top speed 165 Kmph, while automatic variants can attain a maximum speed in the range of 170 Kmph. At the same time, its manual version requires only about 16.5 seconds to break the 100 Kmph speed mark, whereas the automatic trim can cross this barrier in about 13.2 seconds from a standstill.
Speculated to be out soon, this model series will come fitted with a 1.2-litre MIVEC petrol engine under the bonnet, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1193cc. It is integrated with three cylinders and twelve valves using a DOHC (double overhead camshaft) based valve configuration. This engine is incorporated with a multi point electronically controlled injection technology, which enhances its fuel efficiency as well as performance. This power plant has the ability to produce a maximum power output of 74bhp at 6000rpm that results in a hammering torque of 100.3Nm at just 4000rpm. The automaker is offering this engine with a choice of five speed manual and automatic transmission gear box, depending on the variants. It will distributes the engine power to its front wheels and helps it in delivering a decent performance on roads.
It is expected that the company will incorporated this three cylinder based petrol power plant with a multi point electronic controlled injection fuel supply system, which allows the hatchback to deliver a decent fuel economy under standard driving conditions. It enables the vehicle to deliver about 14.8 Kmpl within the city limits, while its mileage goes up to 18.6 Kmpl on the highways that will be rather good for this class.
This gasoline mill has the capacity of churning out a maximum power output of 74bhp at 6000rpm in combination with a peak torque of 100.3Nm at just 4000rpm, which is rather good for Indian road and traffic conditions.
The manufacturer is offering all variants in this series with a proficient audio system that includes four speakers for enhancing the ambiance of its internal cabin. It is equipped with AM/FM radio and CD/MP3 player. It also has connectivity ports for iPod, Aux-In, and USB. In addition to this, it supports Bluetooth for audio streaming and calls function. The responsive power steering wheel is mounted with audio control switches that further adds to the convenience to adjust the audio unit with both the hands on the wheel. At the same time, entry level variants may lack various features, but the buyers can decorate it with several interior and exterior accessories of their choice. The list includes a rear view camera, portable navigation system, leather seats, floor mats, rear parking sensors and so on. Whereas, exteriors can be decorated by scuff plates, door visors, sporty rear spoilers, alloy wheels, door sill covers, body decals and several other aspects.
Like any other car model in Mitsubishi's portfolio, this upcoming vehicle is also expected to get a reliable braking system along with reliable suspension mechanism, which keeps the vehicle well balanced and stable in every conditions. The manufacturer has given its front wheels with a set of ventilated disc brakes with inter-cooling and single piston floating calipers. While its rear wheels have been equipped with a set of conventional drum brakes. This braking mechanism is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. It helps in preventing the vehicle from skidding and wheel locking, especially on slippery roads. On the other hand, its front axle is assembled with an independent McPherson strut with stabilizer bar, whereas the rear axle has torsion beam type of mechanism. The cabin is incorporated with a rack and pinion based steering wheel, which is quite responsive. This electrically assisted power steering system is speed sensitive and makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions.
This yet to be launched vehicle is expected to be fitted with a set of innovative safety features, which gives the occupants a stress free driving experience. The seat belts in the front row has 3-point ELR seat belts with per-tensioner and height adjustable anchors, while the second and third row has 3-point ELR seat belts only for added protection in case of any collision. The driver seat belt reminder notification is given on instrument panel. It is equipped with an anti lock system along with dual rate brake assist function further augments its braking mechanism. In addition to these, it also has an immobilizer that helps to safeguard the vehicle from theft. It is also expected to come with a 'safety design' based fuel tank, which is strategically placed on the rear axle to prevent leakage. It is equipped with some standard safety aspects include a centrally located high mounted stop lamp, anti glare internal rear view mirror, height adjustable head restraints, rough road package, central locking system, rear doors with child safety locks and remote control with foldable key. In addition to these, it also has a number of protective aspects, which are speed sensing automatic door close, alarm remote, dual front airbags, ISOFIX child safety locks, remote control opening and closing windows, fuel supply cut-off in crash, front and rear fog lamps, child proof rear window locking, security code for audio player, airbags for driver and front co-passenger.
The flared up wheel arches of this hatchback series are expected to be fitted with a set of 14-inch steel or alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 165/70 R14, which provides superior grip on any road conditions. The company has also given a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It is a standard aspect across all the trims.
1. Compact size makes it easy to maneuver on busy city roads.
2. Performance of the engine and fuel economy is quite good.
3. Comfort features are at par with other competitors.
4. Attractive body structure with a lot of styling aspects.
5. Expected to be come with economical price range.
1. Ground clearance is quite low and it is a big minus point.
2. Touchscreen infotainment and navigation system can be added.
3. There is still scope to improve its interior design.
4. Entry level variant will lack various standard features.
5. Many more comfort and safety features can be added.
Mitsubishi's Mirage hatch ES has been named the 'Best Micro Car' in the 2014 Australia's Best Car awards. The awards are selected on basis of the best for value for money, design and function and on-road performance of new vehicles and vehicles must have the best overall score in each criteria as evaluated by the expert judges. This year over 220 cars were evaluated for the awards and Mirage hatch steered ahead of its competition in the new 'Micro Car' category.
Mitsubishi Mirage will soon be showcased at the Paris Motor Show which and will be made available in Europe in February 2013. The vehicle is currently available in Thailand and from there it is exported to Japan as well. The European market model won’t be any different except in terms of the name. The Europe market Mirage is expected to make its way in, under the “Colt” identity.
Mitsubishi has begun the production of Mitsubishi Mirage in Thailand. However, it is still not confirmed if the car will hit the Indian roads or not. Right now, this car is being manufactured at a new factory of the firm located at Laem Chabang in Thailand. Mirage is a very significant car for the firm as it will replace its old Colt hatchback in a number of markets. Apparently, Mitsubishi will put Mitsubishi Mirage on sale by next week in Thailand and is also planning to export it to few Southeast Asian countries, which include Europe, Japan etc. In Thailand car market, the new Mitsubishi Mirage is expected to be priced around THB 380000 to 551000, which comes out to be Rs. 6 to 9 lakh