Thursday, November 10, 2011
Mitsubishi to debut new Mirage at Tokyo
The Mirage will be powered by a 1.0-liter MIVEC three-cylinder engine with Auto Stop & Go (ASG)hooked to a CVT. It is, of course, tuned for fuel economy, and Mitsubishi is targeting 30 km/l (70 mpg), likely on the Japanese driving cycle. Mitsubishi says the Mirage will start sales in Thailand in March 2012.
Will we see a version of the Mirage here in North America? I hope so. Although I hope it comes with an EVO engine and drivetrain, 8-speed manual transmission, gets 3,509 MPG, weighs 1,600 lbs., and runs on a recycled cardboard. Okay, okay: I'll settle for a 100 hp and a manual transmission option. Deal?
In all honesty, I hope Mitsubishi does bring the Mirage back to the States. Mitsubishi has built some great small cars in its day—and like another favorite Japanese brand of mine, Suzuki—I hope to see them do well in the USDM again.
Although, really: Could Mitsubishi have released a more mundane press photo? How 'bout a set of alloys on this bad boy, just for photography's sake? It's OK, I'm still rootin' for ya, Mitsu, hubcaps and all.