Next-Gen Mitsubishi Mirage is a Juke
Well, this is the fastest redact in all of publication history. We don’t like to discuss rumors much, mainly because that’s what they are – just rumors. There was a lot of talk about the next-generation Mitsubishi Mirage being built on the same platform of the Renault Clio, the supermini car. When a 3D-rendered concept of the Mitsubishi Mirage, dubbed Concept M.R.G. came out, the render was based on the Renault Clio, with the Mirage M.R.G. being a little longer than the current Mirage generation. Now, from the Japan-based automotive media agency Response, the new (and most likely official) word is that the next-generation Mitsubishi Mirage will actually be based on the “CMF B” platform, also known as the same platform as the Nissan Juke.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Nissan is a part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, so if Mitsubishi isn’t getting a platform from Renault, then Nissan is next in line. Oddly enough, the Renault Clio looks like an elongated version of the Mirage, but we can see why Mitsubishi Motors would go with a more easily-adaptable platform. The Nissan Juke also looks a little funky, and maybe Mitsubishi will add some of that flavor into the next Mirage hatchback.
All is not lost from that CG rendering of the new Mirage concept. Mitsubishi Motors has emphasized that the appearance of Mitsubishi Motors vehicles going forward will be adopting a more sporty and aggressive brand design, called the “Dynamic Shield”, to challenge the Suzuki Swift. If that name doesn’t ring any bells, that’s because Suzuki is another Japan-based automaker, and the Swift left American shores back in 2001. Either way, that “sporty” and “aggressive” design does show in the Eclipse Cross, so we can see why Mitsubishi Motors is heading in that direction.
What looks like the latest concept for the next-generation Mitsubishi Mirage (seen above), there are definitely some changes one may notice. The grille is still split into two stages, with a front fascia that gives a wider look, and matched with slanted headlights that draw eyes to the nose of the car. The side has also adopted some of the Juke design with a beefy look that flows to the rear and gives the hatchback a smidge of coupe style. There’s also a bit of a spoiler of sorts in the back of the concept, but it’s hard to tell if it will only serve as an aesthetic style add-on or if it will serve an actual function. Most likely something having to do with the taillights, like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.
At the moment, only the powertrains for Europe have been announced. We’re looking at either a turbocharged 0.9-liter inline three-cylinder engine, able to generate up to 94 horsepower, or a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine (horsepower not measured). There is another rumor about the next-generation Mitsubishi Mirage coming out with an electric vehicle variant, and although we know Mitsubishi Motors is for sure leaning in that direction with hybrid SUVs, we’re going to wait on that one to bear a little more fruit.