New Mitsubishi Mirage Sedan delivers compact style on a micro budget
2nd Jul, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors Australia has boosted its popular Mirage range with the addition of a stylish new sedan model.
The new model is the first sedan to wear the Mirage nameplate in its 18-year history.
Introduced in January 2013 in its current form, the well-equipped and sharply-priced Mirage hatch has dominated the micro car class in 2014 and enjoys 50 per cent segment share year to date**.
Mitsubishi Motors has expanded the Mirage range with a compact four-door sedan option featuring generous interior proportions and spacious 450-litre boot.
The sedan’s wheelbase has been extended by 100mm, enabling it to comfortably seat five adult passengers and accommodate their luggage.
Despite its spacious interior dimensions, the Mirage sedan upholds the Mirage’s reputation for frugal and efficient performance, with all sedan models gaining an official rating of 4.9 litres/100km combined.
Available in two specifications, ES and LS, the new Mirage sedan offers a lengthy standard features list, no-compromise five star ANCAP safety rating and great value.
Mitsubishi Motors has priced the Mirage Sedan ES with five-speed manual at $14,490 recommended retail and $16,490 recommended retail with CVT automatic transmission. The Mirage Sedan LS with CVT is $17,490 RRP.
Mitsubishi Motors Australia Tony Principe said the new Mirage sedan is the happy medium for buyers in the market for a well-appointed, economical and spacious small sedan.
“The new Mirage sedan balances value, style and safety with low running costs, making it the ideal choice for customers looking to downsize into a smaller, more fuel-efficient car without compromising on features and space,” he said.
“The Mirage hatch has been embraced by Australians since it was launched last year, and the new Mirage sedan provides buyers with another well-equipped and attractive option at a price point that’s hard to beat.”
The Mirage sedan’s standard equipment list includes front driver and passenger airbags, side and curtain airbags, Active Stability Control, 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps with chrome bezels, Bluetooth® phone connectivity with audio streaming and voice control along with steering wheel phone and audio controls.
Mirage sedan’s exterior is embellished with a chrome grille and fog lamp surrounds, colour-coded power door mirrors and door handles, and a chrome plated trunk lid garnish.
Mirage Sedan LS features a smart key with one touch start, dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing wipers and privacy glass.
Air-conditioning is a standard feature on Mirage Sedan ES, with climate control fitted to LS.
*Based on VDA measuring system
**June VFACTS data
Mirage sedan’s responsive 1.2-litre 3-cylinder 57kW DOHC MIVEC petrol engine and low 0.29 drag co-efficient help it achieve official fuel consumption of 4.9 litres per 100km and 116 g/km of CO2 across all 5-speed manual ES and the CVT-equipped ES and LS variants.
Two transmission options are available on the entry level Mirage Sedan ES – a five-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) automatic – while the top-spec Mirage Sedan LS is fitted with a CVT automatic.
Fuel economy gains have been made by adopting a new super flat torque convertor and high transmission ratios, which also help acceleration performance.
Mirage sedan’s CVT transmission ratio mapping has been adjusted for increased
engine braking over a wide vehicle speed range and an updated torque convertor lock-up strategy optimises fuel efficiency and driveability.
Meanwhile, a new gear shift control calibration enables better acceleration control and a reduced sense of CVT transmission slip.
CVT-equipped Mirage sedans also benefit from neutral idle, a fuel-saving feature that also helps minimise idle vibration and promote a quieter cabin ambience.
Also contributing to quiet cabin acoustics are additional sound insulation in the front fenders, front and rear floor areas, A and C pillars, dash panel and front cowl top. Further improvements have been made with a new engine mounting system that minimises engine noise and vibration. It’s comprised of a hydraulic insulator and high rigidity, lightweight cast aluminium bracket, while the transmission mount uses a lightweight and rigid cast steel bracket, which also helps to reduce noise and vibration. The engine itself is also quieter thanks to newly developed loss reduction technology.
Mirage sedan vehicle dynamics have been completely re-tuned for a comfortable and predictable performance across a wide variety of road conditions. Springs and dampers have been calibrated in accordance with the sedan body characteristics, which are designed to accommodate extra weight in the rear. A re-tuned front stabiliser bar has been added to maintain body roll control.
Compared to the Mirage hatch, Mirage sedan sits on a longer wheelbase and has a slightly wider front and rear track. This ensures Mirage sedan has a good balance of nimble performance around town and road comfort on extended journeys.
Coupled with a tight 9.6 metre turning circle and electric power steering – which is tuned for light steering efforts around town – the sedan’s suspension and steering package make it a very easy vehicle to park and manoeuvre.
Despite the increase in overall dimensions, Mitsubishi Motors engineers managed to keep Mirage sedan’s kerb weight to 925 kilograms (ES 5-speed manual). Weight savings were made through a range of measures including the adoption of a revised HVAC system, which is 11 per cent lighter than previous units.
Mirage sedan front brake discs increase to 355mm compared to hatch, and rear brake drums go up to 203mm.
A new 15-inch alloy wheel design on both ES and LS models completes the package.
Mirage sedan’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body structure has been designed to absorb and redistribute crash forces away from the passenger cell. Extra reinforcements are provided by an efficient energy absorbing side member and high rigidity floor cross members positioned in the side sills, B pillars and rear floor side member.
This rigid body structure is further bolstered with a comprehensive array of safety and electronic driver aids, providing Mirage sedan with a complete safety package. Mirage sedan has 6 airbags – driver and passenger front, plus two side and curtain airbags.
Active safety features include Active Stability Control (ASC), ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Hill Start Assist (CVT models only) and hydraulic Brake Assist. It also gains Mitsubishi Motors’ Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) feature, which flashes the hazard warning lights under heavy braking to alert vehicles approaching from behind.
Mirage Sedan Key Features
ES standard features:
1.2L DOHC MIVEC petrol engine
5-speed manual transmission
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with INVECS III Smart Logic (optional)
Electric power steering
15-inch aluminium alloy wheels
Active Stability Control
Hill Start Control (CVT only)
Driver and passenger front airbags
Side and curtain airbags
Exterior lamps with Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
Bluetooth® phone connectivity with audio streaming and voice control
Steering wheel with audio and phone controls
AM/FM CD player with USB input and four speakers
Power door mirrors
Chrome exterior highlights, including:
Chrome radiator grille
Chrome fog lamp bezel
Chrome trunk lid garnish
Body colour door handles and mirrors
Power windows with driver side auto up and down
Driver’s seat with slide, recline and height adjustment
Black suede touch knit interior trim
450 litre trunk capacity
Two ISOFIX rear seat child restraints
Three tether anchor rear seat child restraints
Child proof rear door locks
LS standard features over ES:
Continuously Variable transmission (CVT) with INVECS III Smart Logic
Climate control air conditioning
Keyless operating system with one touch start system
Dusk sensing headlamps
Rain sensing wipers
Leather steering wheel
Black embossed knit trim
Chrome and silver interior accents
Key dimensions / capacities
Leg room – front
Leg room - rear
Cargo area capacity
Turning circle – kerb to kerb
Front disc brakes dia
Rear drum brakes dia
1.2 litre DOHC MIVEC 12-valve 3-cylinder petrol
57 kW @ 6000 rpm
100 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Fuel economy / emissions / kerb weights
Fuel tank capacity
Warranty & Servicing
The Mirage sedan benefits from Mitsubishi’s five-year/100,000km new car warranty.
The Mirage hatch and sedan range has Mitsubishi’s four-year Capped Price Servicing, which is $290 RRP for the first, second, third and fourth services, which are scheduled every 15,000km or 12 months, whichever comes first.
The Mitsubishi Mirage sedan will be available from Mitsubishi dealers from 1 July, 2014.