Mitsubishi is upping its Mirage and Outlander Sport game with the debut of updated models this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Both models get facelifts with the returning Mirage getting updated technology, new lines, and improved handling.
The 2017 model year marks the return of the Mirage after it took a year off in 2016. This tiny econobox gets a small power boost and more style this go round.
“Mirage has gained popularity with its affordable and practical appeal. 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,” says Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MNNA.
The exterior of the Mirage hatchback features updated hood, grille, front and rear bumper, fog and head lamps, rear spoiler, and wheel designs. The design focuses on aerodynamics with drawn back lines to maximize fuel efficiency.
Inside, it gets new upholstery fabrics, gauge cluster, steering wheel and shift panel. Plus, it comes with a new 300-watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system and also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard on all but the base ES trim. It will be the first Mitsubishi with these smartphone apps, which adds to the appeal for young drivers that the Mirage hatchback is geared towards.
The model will continue to use a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder DOHC engine with Innovative Valve timing Electron Control, but it boasts a little more power. It now uses a roller-type camshaft to increase the power to 75-horses with 74 pound-feet torque.
Handling and stability are improved with newly optimized shock absorbers and a stiffer front end. The brake disks are also larger for faster braking and improved overall control.
The 2017 Mirage will go on sale in the spring of next year, but no pricing yet.
2016 OUTLANDER SPORT
The Outlander Sport is the brand’s best-selling CUV. It, too, gets some updated styling both inside and out.
The CUV gets a new blacked-out grille with chrome design to bring the bling factor. The front also incorporates Mitsubishi’s new signature “Dynamic Shield” design with angular, drawn back, horizontal lines. New technology features include power folding side mirrors, LED turn indicators, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The interior gets updated with new upholstery fabrics, steering wheel design, and infotainment system.
“The Outlander Sport is a brand leader for Mitsubishi Motors, and we are excited to unveil this eye-catching 2016 model-year. The Outlander Sport has always been a fun vehicle that delivers on its promise of reliability and value, and the 2016 model year continues to do so with a great new family look that unifies the Mitsubishi CUV lineup,” says Swearingen.
The 2016 Outlander Sport arrives in dealerships next March and starts at $19,595.