Mitsubishi to launch the Mirage in Europe at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on September 6, 2012

Mitsubishi will launch a new compact car, which is dubbed Mirage in several markets, at the Paris Motor Show. This model, which will be released for the European market, is focused on high fuel efficiency, affordability and compactness. The Mirage will probably be available with a different name in the UK. It’s rumored to be named the Colt but so far, the automaker hasn’t given any confirmation.

The global compact car was last displayed at last year’s Tokyo motor show. It was received well in south east Asian countries and Japan. It is scheduled to be launched in February 2013 in the markets of Europe and Australia, among others.

Mitsubishi is timing this launch to benefit from Europe’s increasingly higher CO2 standards and the rising demand for efficient city cars. It is equipped with the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder MIVEC engine that could emit just 92g/km.

Mitsubishi claims that it is able to achieve this due to weight reduction, aerodynamic drag reduction, and a start-stop system. The automaker claims that this new model is easy to maneuver and offers a good performance while at the same time, it is very efficient. It was also able to maximize interior occupant space.

Engineers at Mitsubishi Motors added an extra level of driver and passenger protection for its new five-passenger five-door Mirage, allowing for a higher degree of safety in case of a collision. This was achieved by infusing into the Mirage the latest form of Mitsubishi's RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) impact-absorbing safety cell technology. The RISE system employs a body structure that could effectively absorb impact energy on the front end. The RISE system also employs high tensile steel in several key areas across the platform underpinning the new Mirage 5-door.

In addition to being strong and safe, the new 2014 Mirage is also very aerodynamic, with a low coefficient of drag (0.28 Cd) that was achieved by using computer-aided design (CAD) software to carve its form and shape. This is clearly evident on the Mirage’s curvy hood flowing into the A-pillars bonnet as well as on the rear bumpers with its sculpted corners.

The aerodynamic dynamic shape of the new Mirage doesn’t only lend it a streamlined exterior but also a stylish one, as made more vibrant by the availability of new colors. These new stunning and attention-grabbing colors will further boost the already spending color palette for the Mirage, including, Black Mica, Gray Mica, Silver Metallic and White Solid.

Aside from its aerodynamic shape, the new Mirage is also fuel efficient because of its standard electric power steering (EPS), which is not only responsive but also provides a turning radius of 15.1 feet, the sharpest in the class.

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