Fans of the Mitsubishi Mirage will be pleased to find out that the 2017 model year will continue to retain the attributes that they love from the hatchback while also debuting new features like a revamped exterior design, better overall performance and redesigned interiors.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. had recently made such details available for the fuel-efficient hatchback, whose new version will start appearing in dealers by spring of next year. According to the MMNA’s executive vice president, Don Swearingen, the 2017 Mirage will build on the popularity that its predecessor has achieved.
The new features will simply be an expansion of that appeal, without sacrificing the traits that made the hatchback popular – affordability, fuel efficiency and practicality. Here are the new features that fans can expect from the new Mirage.
Mirage has received facelifts in the following areas: the hood, grille, front and rear bumpers, fog and headlamps, and the rear spoiler and wheels. This is no radical redesign with seemingly no purpose other than aesthetics; the new exterior was designed with aerodynamics in mind.
New Mirage’s aerodynamic exterior will make the Mirage more fuel-efficient – the lightweight design results to a car with excellent performance but minimal fuel consumption. The revamp does not stop at the exterior! The interior will feature seats that are upholstered with new fabrics.
The steering wheel, the shift panel and the gauge cluster have been redesigned as well. The entertainment system can be upgraded to an optional EcoPunch-equipped Rockford-Fosgate audio system rated at 300 watts.
Other features set to debut in the 2017 Mirage will be the in-car display audio system with Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto. Note that the 2017 edition will be the first among Mitsubishi’s product line to implement this system in the United States. Making a return in the 2017 Mirage is the 1.2-liter 3-cylinder DOHC engine, but this one will feature the upgraded version of the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control system.
The MVEC is responsible for making sure that the Mirage remains fuel efficient while dishing out impressive power. The updated version is sure to enhance the hatchback’s fuel efficiency.
Finally, a new roller-type camshaft improves the 2017 Mirage’s power output – the engine is now rated at 78 horsepower, and 74 lb-ft of torque. Rounding out the improvements for the Mirage 2017 are the brakes and the shock absorbers.
The shock absorbers feature an optimized spring rate and dampened force, which ensures better handling and stability in the latest version of the Mirage hatchbacks. The 2017 edition will also feature larger brake discs in both front and rear brake drums.
The front discs are now at 251 mm, while the rear brake discs are at 203 millimeters. With updated materials in the brake pads, the Mirage features better stopping power than its predecessors.
2017 Mirage will not be complete without the safety features and technologies that have been implemented by its predecessors. The new Supplemental Restraint System now features seven air bags to maximize the car’s safety.
These include dual front air bags, dual front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, dual side-impact curtain air bags, and a driver's knee air bag.
Mirage will also feature 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, and ; a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); and Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL). There’s also the optional continuously-variable transmission-equipped or CVT systems with Hill Start Assist.