Mitsubishi’s micro Mirage hatch: better, bolder for 2016
22nd Mar, 2016
Australia’s most affordable 5-star ANCAP safety-rated car – the award-winning Mirage hatch – has received a boost for 2016 with fresh exterior looks, upgraded interior and better on-road dynamics.
The Mirage’s sleek new looks include a new front grille with chrome accents, redesigned bonnet, front and rear bumper and wheel design.
Inside, a new high-grade seating trim and cushioned rear seats improve passenger comfort and piano black and chrome accents enhance the cabin’s touch points.
Mirage’s on-road performance benefits from more intuitive steering response, better balanced handling and increased ride comfort, thanks to an extensive rework of suspension tune and electric power steering calibration.
The 2016 Mirage now offers even lower running costs with Capped Price Servicing reduced by $270 over the four-year servicing period. Combined with class-leading fuel economy* of 4.6L/100km^, the Mirage remains one of Australia’s cheapest cars to own and operate.
Mitsubishi Motors Executive Director of Marketing Tony Principe said Mitsubishi‘s 2016 update improves on Mirage’s award-winning formula with bold new looks, higher quality interior finishes and on-road performance that encourages more confident driving.
“Mirage is already packed with great standard features, so for 2016 we’ve made meaningful improvements to Mirage’s Capped Price Servicing costs, dynamic performance and visual appeal, while preserving Mirage’s attractive price point, which we know is critical to value-conscious micro car shoppers,” he said.
“Mirage is still the most affordable car in Australia with five star ANCAP safety, and it’s this combined with Mirage’s low running costs, great packaging and class-leading fuel economy that has made it one of the top picks in the micro segment since 2013.”
“Easy to drive and easy to live with, the Mirage offers an unbeatable mix of style, practicality and value.”
Leading the field at the recent 2015 Australia Best Car awards, the Mirage hatch ES was named the ‘Best Micro Car’ for the second year in a row, with judges praising the Mirage for its class-leading fuel consumption, road manners, low running and repair costs and new car warranty.
Exterior styling updates include a new grille and front bumper with chrome accents, redesigned front bonnet and rear bumper and a new two-tone alloy wheel design for the LS model and new steel wheel covers for the ES.
Two new premium paint colours will be introduced on the 2016 model year range; Wine Red and Sunrise Orange.
Inside, a new high-grade black seat trim will be available on both models, complementing the all-black interior colour scheme. Passenger comfort has also been improved on the rear seats with new cushion stitching.
A new chrome accent has been added to the audio panel, complementing the existing chrome touches around the cabin. On the LS model, piano black accents are added to the gear shift panel and around power window switch panels in the front and back.
The LS model also gains a new high-contrast meter with white back lighting, an outside air temperature reading and illuminated gear shift panel while the ES model features a new design three dial air-conditioning control.
The passenger side sun visor also gains a vanity mirror, lid and ticket holder.
The 2016 model year is upgraded with a number of technical improvements to enhance the driving characteristics of a city car.
A new electric power assisted steering system has been tuned for improved steering response, easy parking manoeuvres and relaxed highway driving.
The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), available in both models, has been recalibrated to deliver improved rolling acceleration when on the move.
Vehicle dynamics have been enhanced with an extensive spring and damper tune for reduced body roll and stable handling. New front suspension top mounts also improve ride comfort and reduce road noise.
The 2016 Mirage offers a comprehensive five-star safety package including six SRS airbags, Active Stability Control (ASC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Emergency Brakeforce Distribution (ABD) and an Emergency Stop Signal function (ESS).
Hill Start Assist will now be standard on the manual ES model.