New Mitsubishi Mirage Concept Revealed
Alright, here we go. After the conflicting arguments about “is it a merger, is it not a merger” between Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi over the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, we’re finally getting some news about the first new Mitsubishi vehicle to come out of the almost two-year old alliance. Although unofficial, a 3D rendering concept of the new Mitsubishi Mirage has hit the interwebs, and you know, we just can’t help to notice the styling cues between the new Mitsubishi Mirage concept and the Mitsubishi Centennial Hyaku concept. Coincidence? Maybe.
Being that new Mitsubishi Motors vehicles will be produced on shared platforms going forward, one of the major rumors floating around is the new Mitsubishi Mirage will share the same platform of the Renault Clio. Being that Mitsubishi Motors is focused on hybrid SUVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles going forward, we’d like to debunk that rumor for now. The Renault Clio is a supermini car and has never shown signs of alternative fuel technology being implemented. The platform of the Clio would have to be augmented for a new electric or hybrid powertrain, but if that were to happen, then it’s a good size for the next generation of the popular Mirage hatchback model.
Okay, maybe it’s not just a coincidence that the new Mirage concept, dubbed the Concept M.R.G. looks like the Hyaku concept. Both designs were drawn up by the same guy, Mitsubishi Designer Gábor Farkas. Inspired by Mitsubishi’s “Robust & Ingenious” design language, the front fascia takes some cues from the Eclipse Cross with a dynamic shield crowning the shark-nose grille, and the two-slat grille and slim headlights makes the hatchback look aggressive while keeping it sleek. Yes, this is all sounding familiar, and if the rear LED strip isn’t another shout-out to the Eclipse Cross, then we’re seeing many similarities. But hey, if Mitsubishi Motors can turn a sports car into a crossover, perhaps they can turn a crossover into a compact hatchback.
There is no mention of the powertrain, so if the next generation Mitsubishi Mirage isn’t included in its alternative fuel vehicle lineup, then the Renault Clio platform actually would work. It also ties into the current renders by Farkas, with the Mirage M.R.G. being a little longer than the current Mirage – 163.7 inches long, 69.3 inches wide, and 57 inches tall. The interior of course still has the same Mitsubishi flair with a horizontal layout, decorated with black lacquered plywood accents, and further hints of cues taken from the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. One could say it’s a lack of imagination, but we think Farkas just knows a good design when he sees it.
We’re really hoping that Mitsubishi will finally give us that futuristic version of Mitsubishi Connect we keep hearing about, but for now, we may have to settle for the features we saw at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show when Mitsubishi Motors debuted Mitsubishi Connect. At the time, two apps were demonstrated, one for finding a EV Charging Station and another called the “Driver Scoring app” that monitors driving behavior and then offers driving tips – snore.
Regardless, the Mitsubishi Mirage M.R.G. concept by Farkas looks good. Mitsubishi Motors should take a good look for the next generation of the hatchback. What do you think? Let us know on University Mitsubishi social media.