Monday, December 5, 2011

Mitsubishi Mirage Rises from the Ashes

Mitsubishi Mirage is back again like the phoenix rising from ashes. The Mitsubishi Colt has been rebadged as the Mirage and made its appearance at the Tokyo Auto Show. The car showcased its official production avatar that will be launched in 2012. On the worldwide market the car will go on the floor at Thailand in March 2012 and other developing markets like India will follow soon. The Mirage will be looking to ruffle a few feathers with the likes of Hyundai i10, Chevrolet Beat, Maruti Suzuki A-Star and Ford Figo.

The Mitsubishi Mirage will come equipped with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and could also make it to the roads with the addition of a 1.2-litre three-cylinder variant. The car will also come with a start/stop engine management system and is coupled to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which distributes the power to the front two wheels. The company says that the car has a road run of 30km for per litre of fuel for the Japanese-spec model. If the figures are not a mirage then the Mirage could well go on to become the most efficient non-electric car in Japan. The Mitsubishi Mirage specifications measures 1490mm in height, 3710mm long and 1665mm wide. In lay man language it means that car is a little smaller than the Nissan Micra and slightly bigger than the Honda Brio.

If the car does make it to India, then this would be the first time Mitsubishi would be setting its foot in the highly intense and fiercely fought small car hatchback segment. The car in spite of its boring and rank plain looks both in terms of the interiors and exteriors could well be the winner in the small car segment in India if the company manages to price the car rightly. As of now if you are still wondering what is the actual name of the car? Then the latest we have is that the Colt will be renamed back to Mirage in 2012.

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