|The new Mirage. Click to enlarge.|
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will launch the all-new Mirage global compact car at dealerships throughout Japan on 31 August at an MSRP ranging from ¥998,000 to ¥1,288,000 (US$12,800 to $16,500). (Earlier post.)
In Japan, the new Mirage will be offered in three trim levels with all models coming with a powertrain mating a new 1.0-liter 3-cylinder MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovate Valve timing Electronic Control) engine to a new version of the INVECS-III (Intelligent & Innovative Vehicle Electronic Control System) CVT transmission. M and G trim levels employ Eco Drive Assist which promotes smarter and more fuel-efficient driving. With AS&G (Auto Stop & Go, i.e., a stop-start system) and other technologies applied, the M and G trim levels achieve fuel economy of 27.2 km/liter (64 mpg US, 3.7 L/100km) on the JC08 cycle, making the Mirage the most fuel efficient registered gasoline car in Japan.
This figure is more than 20% better than Japan’s 2015 Fuel Efficiency Standards. These trim levels thus qualify for the Japanese government’s “eco-car” classification thus are exempt from acquisition tax and motor vehicle tax at the time of purchase.
While not equipped with AS&G, the E trim level still benefits from its weight reductions, reductions in running and air resistance and other refinements in basic vehicular engineering technologies to return fuel economy of 23.2 km/liter (54.6 mpg US, 4.3 L/100km)—10% better than the 2015 standard. This trim level thus qualifies for 75% reductions in acquisition tax and motor vehicle weight tax at the time of purchase as an eco-car. MMC has already taken orders for 5,000 units as of the end of July.
Following its debut in Thailand where the model is being produced, and rollouts in ASEAN countries and Japan, the Mirage will then be successively rolled out in Europe, Australia and other regions. The Mirage is also the most fuel-efficient “eco-car” in Thailand; exceeding the requirements for the Thai government’s “eco-car” classification which allows tax subsidies. MMC has received more than 33,000 orders for the Mirage in Thailand as of the end of July.
The engine produces maximum output of 51 kW (68 hp) at 6000 rpm and generates maximum torque of 86 N·m (63 lb-ft) at 5000 rpm. The INVECS-III CVT wide-ratio transmission now uses a sub-geartrain to deliver a better acceleration and fuel economy. Extending the engine speed range over which the lockup clutch engages and optimization of transmission control has contributed to a further reduction in fuel consumption without affecting acceleration performance.
The Mirage uses column-type electric power steering which also contributes to better fuel economy. The power steering is tuned to facilitate garage parking and other tight space maneuvering with just a light touch on the steering wheel while giving a positive and reassuring response and feedback when changing lanes on expressways.
The Mirage rides on 165/65R14 low rolling resistance tires which contribute to better fuel economy.
Structural optimization and more extensive use of high-tensile steel paneling together deliver a significant reduction in body weight over the current model, making a major contribution to better fuel economy. At the same time, the Mirage’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body design combines an impact energy-absorbing front end with a high-rigidity cabin structure. In-house impact testing showed the Mirage has the highest collision safety among its class.