Mitsubishi Mirage previewed, on a Thai race track

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Mitsubishi Mirage

previewed, on a race track

I have the 23,000 typed into my The figure is significant; it represents the of Mitsubishi Mirages booked the car#8217;s launch during the Motor Show. In fact, by the you read this, Mitsubishi Thailand will have had bookings added to that achieved.

The massive number can be to the Mirage being awarded status in Thailand, which all sorts of incentives and tax breaks to which helps to lower the tag, always a good in attracting buyers.

Part of the of a car getting an Eco-Car tag is that its consumption needs to better 5.0 litres/100 km (or 20 km/l), and the car has to meet 4 emission levels. The Mirage’s 1.2 MIVEC engine has a fuel of 22 km/litres (or 4.5 l/100 km, if the online are right) and emits only 120 of CO2.

But I#8217;m getting ahead of Let me properly introduce the Mitsubishi (codename: EL) by saying that is a global compact car designed as an ‘entry-level car in emerging markets’ and a car ‘address environmental needs in countries’. You can already guess how the car is positioned.

The big thing about the is how light it is #8211; it tips the between 830 kg and 865 kg, depending on its transmission and It uses high-tensile steel in the to shave off the kilograms without rigidity. As a result, the Mirage is up to 7% than the typical competition.

for the Mirage are 3,710 mm, 1,665 mm and mm (length, width and height with a wheelbase of 2,450 mm. legroom for the Mirage is slightly than 1,640 mm, which is than the Swift, Mazda2 and only the Yaris gives room to stretch.

Creature comforts are pretty The Mirage comes with the cup holders, glove compartment and pockets. Seats are wrapped in there’s the usual air conditioning and stereo system.

Depending on the you’ll either get a touch sat-nav unit or the usual unit. See the table below for information on what each level offers:

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Quality of materials is as expected of a car in bracket. Plastics feel and textured, but nothing to write about. However, this not undermine the fit and finish of the Mirage.

The looks tightly bolted and the gaps are closed up quite

The Mirage’s shell design is not as as seeing its namesake in a desert, and does not invoke any sort of Its shape can be described as clean and inoffensive would be the perfect to describe it.

Say what you want, but Mitsubishi has that this design has the car a drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd. It this by closing up as much of the as possible, leaving open is necessary to let the engine breathe.

For in the front the small grille optimises airflow around the car and the bumper undersurface is crafted to act as an air dam at its The air then flows to the roof-lines will then flow to the rear.

Still on the exterior, notice that the windows are large. That’s because the line is set lower and the A-pillar slimmer, and this is to give the more real estate in of field of vision.

Underneath the is Mitsubishi’s new three-cylinder MIVEC codenamed the 3A92. It is a 1.2 litre that produces a humble 77 hp at rpm and 100 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

The engine can either be paired a five-speed manual gearbox or an CVT that uses a wider ratio span for better and economy. No pseudo-gear numbers are and you don’t really need to because there#8217;s no manual on the box nor paddle shifters to fiddle However, it does have a mode that locks the at a certain rpm for situations that more power.

Like all gearshifts are non-existent, but the ratios do automatically when it detects in the accelerator and the load of the car. One the rpm is raised to a higher range going up hill. Really, all you need to do is your feet planted on the

Really, tricking the CVT is as easy as or standing on the pedal.

The manual feels better the gear ratios are well-chosen, in the engine does not feel every time you go up a gear. the stick is not as creamy as it should been though; there was a of stickiness evident in the test The clutch, however, feels easy to depress and does not try to out your feet once the bites.

Likewise, the steering feels lightweight, and the feedback off it are mere whispers. Yet, it is easy and needing only slight to get the nose sniffing into the you want it to. By the way, the turning as measured by Mitsubishi is 4.4 metres, is pretty tight.

In any case, the is neither feathery nor harsh. The is a standard MacPherson front and beam rear. What is is that Mitsubishi has been to dial back the body to make this small car around the corners without out of sorts.

And it feels stable no matter the of corners you throw it into. hairpins, long sweepers and are executed with high

Based on the short sampling with it, the Mirage looks to be a little car that does its job well. Good fuel and low emissions should appeal to the environmentally-friendly driver, and the small large window and easy should be something novice can warm up to as well.

Ah but there’s a banana to consider. Mitsubishi is unsure if it is going to offer the here. And if it does, how much to the car? And if it does get the price will the car have enough to please the audience?

And even if it the audience in that regard, the car sell? What a conundrum Motors Malaysia has found in.

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