Latest Mirage model props up entry-level to Mitsubishi brand
The latest versions of the Mitsubishi Mirage are now available at Luscombe Mitsubishi, with Mirage 3 priced from a most reasonable £9,499 (but only until the 27th June 2019), with a saving of £1,800 on mrrp. While there are myriad deals available on all manner of compact cars at present, the Mitsubishi offer is a compelling one.
Comprehensively revised, the new line-up for the Mitsubishi Mirage is focused on providing a range of versions that are priced ultra-competitively. Let’s face it, you will not be able to obtain a new Fiesta, or Polo, at this price point. An entry level Mirage 3 is available with a manual gearbox and costs £1,005 less than the outgoing Juro model, while the enhanced top specification Mirage 4 is available with either manual, or automatic transmission.
Powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.2-litre MIVEC engine, the new Mitsubishi Mirage can accelerate from 0-60mph in a zesty 12.4 seconds, armed as it is by a strong 80bhp and adequate torque. It has been engineered to meet the latest real-world emissions regulations and returns from 107g/km CO2, which ensures a modest annual road tax bill, and up to 60.1mpg on the official combined test cycle prove the point.
Exceedingly well equipped, the Mitsubishi Mirage 3 is fitted with 14.0-inch diameter alloy wheels, LED tail lamps and a rear spoiler. However, that is not all, as its interior features air conditioning, leather steering wheel-rim and Bluetooth connectivity, with music streaming through a 4-speaker audio system. This entry-level model also features the sort of equipment expected from cars costing significantly more, such as automatic rain sensors, a keyless entry operating system, with push button start and an Auto Stop and Go (AS&G) system. With prices starting from £11,295, you simply cannot afford to ignore it.
Of course, if you fancy a few additional creature comforts, then a Mitsubishi Mirage 4 factors them into its offering, including MGN (Mitsubishi Global Navigation), which includes integrated satellite navigation and DAB audio, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The long list of standard equipment also includes full climate control, cruise control and heated front seats, Bi-Xenon headlamps (to turn night into day), rear parking sensors and 15.0-inch diameter alloy wheels complete the package. However, get this, the Mirage 4 is available from just £13,355.
Value for money is what makes people buy new cars and, when you ally that to Mitsubishi’s reliability factor, the brand’s sheer resilience and Luscombe’s unrelenting customer support, why would you contemplate going anywhere else?
Luscombe’s summary: We love what Mitsubishi is doing for its customers right now, just when they need most help. This latest version of the Mirage, our ‘small’ car, is perfect for both city manoeuvring and main road cruising.
Next week: Mitsubishi’s plug-in commercial.
Mitsubishi and its ‘concepts’
While Mitsubishi has a solid reputation for the cars that it produces and sells in the UK, Iain Robertson has dug into the archives to reveal those models that never quite made the cut.
There was a time, in Mitsubishi’s life, when its Space Cruiser was a most practical and capable MPV (remember them?). In 2014, the company decided to change the face of people-movers with a radical and high-luxury AR concept model.
Four of its seats could be rotated through 180-degrees (the rear pair were fixed) and slid into an alternative position along rails built into the floor, thus creating a ‘boardroom’ in the rear, if required. It was shown on the Motor Shows circuit but nothing came of it, mainly because the market was forging headlong into the SUV sector.
Back in 2009, with the company at the pinnacle of its rallying achievements, the company looked at the potential of creating a more compact and sportier hatchback, which could carry the 4WD and turbo-petrol underpinnings for its future potential entries in the World Rally Championship. The Concept Sportback was the result.
It was really attractive, with its dynamic side strakes and cooling vents located aft of the front wheels. Were it to be reintroduced today (a decade later), it would not look out of place. As with many of Mitsubishi’s concept models, it was also drivable.
Shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015, the XR PHEV II Concept is one that continued into production, as the Eclipse Cross.
In fact, very few alterations were required to turn it from a designer’s vision into a series car. Even the Mitsubishi ‘shield’ grille and front bumper assembly, which has been softened a little since then, appeared on the first versions of Eclipse Cross, thus proving that not all concepts are lost causes.
2009 was a good year for Mitsubishi concepts and, even ten years ago, the company was looking carefully at the electric vehicle sector, the Concept EZ being an attractive minivan, featuring a multi-configurable interior. It could be altered to provide sleeping accommodation for two people, or the seats could assume a lounge format (for up to six people), or even fold away to provide a load deck for a couple of mountain bikes. With the current growth bubble existing for EVs, it would not look out of place in an urban environment today.
Luscombe’s summary: Many new cars do make the grade from concept to production reality and Iain has a library full of past examples that he will show in the future. In the meantime, as he states, the Eclipse Cross is a perfect example of a successful ‘conversion’ and we have them in stock right now!
Next week: How CZC made a drop-top impression.
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