Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. (MNNA) announced the details for the fuel-efficient 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. The refreshed Mirage features a new extearior design, improved performance and enhanced interior appeal. Despite all that is new for Mirage in 2017, a few things didn’t change at all—Mirage still offers impressive fuel economy, attractive pricing and industry leading new vehicle and powertrain warranties.
“Mirage has gained popularity with its affordable and practical appeal,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MNNA. “Mirage owners are looking for a vehicle that does its job well and is reliable. The Mirage continues to deliver all of those attributes, and the improvements to the 2017 model year will expand the Mirage’s appeal even more.”
The changes for the 2017 model year are led with the new exterior design. Mirage receives a fresh new look with redesigned hood, grille, front and rear bumper, fog and headlamps, rear spoiler and wheels. The exterior styling was given purpose, with an aerodynamic design to maximize fuel-efficiency and a simple, restrained form to help reduce weight, creating a car in which form and function come together.
Inside, the Mirage receives a design update with new seat fabrics, gauge cluster, steering wheel and shift panel. In addition, a new 300-watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system with EcoPunch is available, as is an in-car display audio supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the first Mitsubishi vehicle to get these popular infotainment systems in the United States.
The 2017 Mirage continues to utilize a 1.2-liter three-cylinder DOHC engine featuring the latest version of Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) variable valve-timing system that maximizes fuel efficiency and power output while greatly minimizing exhaust emissions. With the addition of a roller-type camshaft, Mirage increases its horsepower to 78 horsepower and 74 pound-feet torque.
Mirage’s handling and brakes are improved for 2017 as well. Optimizing the spring rate and damping force of the shock absorbers while adding stiffness to the front end achieve handling and stability improvements. In addition, bigger diameter brake discs (251 millimeters) are used in the front and the rear brake drums (203 millimeters) have increased 23 millimeters. The brake pad/shoe material has also been changed for even better stopping performance.
Every 2017 Mirage comes equipped with a wide array of safety features and technologies. These include a seven air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) comprised of dual front air bags, dual front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, dual side-impact curtain air bags, and a driver’s knee air bag; four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist; a Tire Pressure Monitoring System; and Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic. Mirage models equipped with the continuously-variable transmission (CVT) will also have Hill Start Assist.