Mitsubishi PH unveils 2016 Mirage hatchback

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D1---Mitsubishi-Mirage-520160503Features exterior, interior facelift

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Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation launched on April 29 the face-lifted version of the Mirage hatchback at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City.

The updates are primarily cosmetic, starting with the radically restyled front end. A new hood features power bulges that lead down to a large front grill with the Mirage’s familiar teardrop headlights (now HID units with LED daytime running lights for the top-specification GLS). In addition, the lower bumper has been given larger openings, accentuated by bigger fog light surrounds.

Although nothing was done to the side, the entry-level GLX now gets new 14-inch alloy wheels, while the GLS gets new 15-inch alloy wheels. However, more substantial alterations were done to the rear, which has new taillights and a more sculpted lower bumper. The company said the new model gets two new colors – which are Wine Red Pearl and Sunrise Orange Metallic – in addition to Cool Silver, Majestic Red, Medium Blue Mica, Virgil Gray, Aurora White, Savanna White and Pyrenese Black.

All variants of the new Mirage also get welcome and coming-home lights. The company said the welcome lights make it easier to locate the Mirage in the dark, with the front and rear parking lights and the room lamp staying on for 30 seconds after the doors are unlocked. Meanwhile, the coming-home lights leave various lights, including the headlights, on for 60 seconds after shutting off the engine to illuminate your path from the car, making it convenient when walking in the dark.

The interior has been given a refresh this year with new high-grade fabric seats. On top of this, the GLS’s gauge cluster is updated to a white-lit, semi-high-contrast unit for improved brightness.

As with the previous Mirage, the new model is powered a 1.2-liter, twin-cam, 12-valve inline-three producing 77 horsepower and 100 Newton-meters of torque, which can be mated to either a five-speed manual (MT) or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The company said the new Mirage also comes standard with anti-lock brakes and dual front airbags.

The updates have bumped the price of the GLX up by P20,000 and the GLS by P30,000. The range now starts at P553,000 for the GLX MT, followed by the GLX CVT at P603,000, while the GLS MT is now P663,000 and the GLS CVT is P713,000.

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