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    U.S. debut - 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage @ New York auto show: details, photos, specs

    (Mitsubishi UK photo. See next post for official photo of U.S. spec car.)

    The U.S. debut of the Mirage took place today at the New York International Auto Show (March 28, 2013). Official press release is posted below.

    We already knew many of the car's specs from the Canadian market car (which was announced in January).


    • best non-hybrid fuel economy available
    • 4-door hatchback body style (possibility of a sedan to follow)
    • 1.2 L, 3-cylinder engine with MIVEC variable valve control (video)
    • power output of ~74 hp / torque 74 lbs ft @ 4,000 RPM (engine specs)
    • 5-speed manual, or CVT automatic transmission
    • purchase price of around $13,000
    • longest warranty in the industry (10 years)

    Efficient engineering

    The car was designed from the outset to be very economical. It has a remarkably light but strong body with a curb weight of around 2,000 lbs, which makes it the lightest 4-door car in the U.S. Aerodynamic optimization gives in one of the lowest coefficients of drag among cars in its class (cD of just 0.28 for the U.S. model), which helps both fuel economy & high speed performance.

    Fuel economy/mileage

    EPA mileage will be best in class ... it will be the most efficient non-hybrid vehicle available at 37 mpg (US) city, 44 mpg highway, 40 mpg combined according to Mitsu. The car is rated "most efficient" in its class in multiple countries where it's already for sale. See: 2014 Mirage mpg / fuel economy ratings by country (Space Star also)


    The high tensile steel construction that gives the car its light weight has also earned it top scores in international crash tests to date: 5/5 stars in Australia/N.Z. and in Japan. The car has 7 airbags. View Video & details: Mirage crash test - top 5-star rating by ANCAP

    Sedan coming?

    Mitsu says the 5-door will be the only body style... for now. But a "concept" Mirage sedan was recently unveiled for production - Mirage sedan "Concept G4" unveiled in Thailand (photos)

    International popularity

    The car is selling well around the world: as a "global" car (manufactured at Mitsubishi's facility in Thailand), there are waiting lists in Southeast Asia (Philippines - where it won Car of the Year in its class - Malaysia, Thailand). Early sales reports are encouraging from Australia and the U.K. as well. Mitsu is already planning to increase Mirage production to meet demand.

    Road tests/reviews:

    Find out what people think of the car: read reviews from MirageForum members who already own or have test driven one: Reviews by Mirage / Space Star Owners

    And you can browse dozens of media road tests from countries around the world: Mirage / Space Star Media Reviews & Road Tests


    Mitsu press release #1 / 2:

    Thu, Mar 28, 2013 - New York -

    Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) has unveiled a remarkably fuel-efficient all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-door subcompact at the 2013 New York International Auto Show that is expected to arrive at Mitsubishi Motors dealers later this fall.

    The all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage model is expected to achieve a lofty manufacturer estimated fuel economy of 40 mpg combined/37 mpg city/44 mpg highway (CVT-equipped model; pending EPA fuel mileage rating), making this stylish new vehicle the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline vehicle available in America.

    In addition to its exceptional fuel economy, the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage will be offered exclusively in a convenient 5-door configuration with room for five passengers.

    The affordable- 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage boasts a number of welcome standard and available features including:

    • Estimated 40 mpg combined fuel economy (37 mpg city/44 mpg highway; pending EPA fuel mileage rating)
    • 7 air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
    • 4 speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with USB/iPod® input
    • 60/40 split folding rear seat
    • Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)
    • Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist (HSA) (CVT-equipped models)
    • 4-wheel Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
    • Power windows with driver's side auto-up/down
    • RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) safety cell body/chassis technology
    • Rear Spoiler
    • Automatic Climate Control
    • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
    • Available options include Navigation with Rearview Camera, Parking Assist and LED Interior Illumination Packages

    Mitsu press release #2 / 2:

    Making a triumphant return to the North American marketplace, the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-door sub-compact is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline vehicle available in America.

    With a manufacturer-estimated fuel economy of 40 mpg combined/37 mpg city/44 mpg highway (CVT-equipped model; pending EPA fuel mileage rating), the all-new Mirage is an affordable and stylish hatchback with best-in-class fuel efficiency.

    The all-new Mirage provides eager acceleration in urban stop-and-go driving along with exemplary highway fuel economy. What's more, an ECO indicator illuminates to let the driver know when they are driving in a manner that allows for utmost fuel efficiency.

    Standard safety features included at no cost on this fuel-sipping 5-door subcompact consist of

    • a comprehensive seven (7) airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) including dual front air bags, dual front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, dual side-impact curtain air bags, and a driver's knee airbag;
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS);
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); and Brake Assist.
    • Hill Start Assist (HSA) is also standard on all continuously-variable transmission-equipped (CVT) models.

    Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL) is also included on all models. The ASC/TCL helps stabilize the vehicle when it detects skidding and/or when the system detects a loss of traction on slippery road surfaces.

    Mitsubishi Motors engineers have fortified the all-new Mirage 5-door with an additional level of driver and passenger protection (the Mirage has seating for 5) in the event of a collision by incorporating the most advanced form of Mitsubishi's RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) impact-absorbing safety cell technology ever. The patented RISE system utilizes a body structure with an impact energy-absorbing front end along with an abundant use of high tensile steel in key areas throughout the platform.

    Furthermore, the stylish exterior of the all-new 2014 Mirage was penned using computer-aided design (CAD) software to maximize the 5-door's aerodynamic efficiency for a low 0.28 coefficient of drag. This advanced design/emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency is clearly exhibited in the carefully sculpted corners of the rear bumper and the way the hood gently flows into the A-pillars.

    To add a touch of vibrancy to Mirage's dynamic exterior styling, four fun and eye-catching colors will be available in addition to the traditional selection of White Solid, Black Mica, Silver Metallic, and Gray Mica.

    Standard electric power steering (EPS) further aids the fuel efficiency cause while providing the driver with communicative steering feel as well as the sharpest turning radius (15.1 feet) in the class.

    The entry-level Mitsubishi Mirage DE packs a long list of standard amenities. Among these features are
    • tilt steering;
    • automatic climate control;
    • power windows with driver's side auto-up/down;
    • power side mirrors;
    • body-colored side mirrors, door handles and tailgate handle,
    • a convenient 60/40 split folding rear seat;
    • keyless entry with panic alarm;
    • variable intermittent wipers;
    • a sporty rear spoiler
    • and a dynamic sounding 4 speaker 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 with USB/iPod® input.

    Every Mirage variant also features thoughtful interior design touches including ergonomically designed driver controls and instrument panel as well as upscale-looking rich high-gloss piano black trim for the center console.

    An especially welcome interior design feature is the 60/40 split folding rear seat that allows for plentiful and easily accessed interior cargo volume.

    The upmarket Mirage ES model features all of the welcome content on the DE while adding
    • eye-catching 14-inch aluminum alloy wheels;
    • front fog lamps;
    • leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob;
    • F.A.S.T. (Free-hand Advanced Security Transmitter)-Key passive entry;
    • One-Touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch;
    • steering wheel-mounted audio controls;
    • cruise control
    • and a Bluetooth® hands-free phone system.

    Numerous amenity and accessory packages available include
    • LED Interior Illumination,
    • Rear Parking Assist,
    • Navigation System
    • and Exterior lower body kit and Chrome accent packages.

    Powering the all-new Mirage is an extremely efficient 1.2-liter three-cylinder DOHC engine that features the latest version of Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) variable valve-timing system that maximizes fuel efficiency and power output while greatly minimizing exhaust emissions. This engine produces 74 bhp and 74 lb.-ft. of torque. Consumers have a choice between a smooth-operating 5-speed manual and an advanced continuously-variable transmission (CVT) with Idle Neutral Logic.

    Rounding out this hot hatchback's remarkable affordability and extreme efficiency is the additional peace of mind that comes with Mitsubishi Motors' impressive warranty:

    10-years or 100,000-miles limited powertrain;
    5-years or 60,000-miles limited new vehicle and 5-years/unlimited mileage roadside assistance.



        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage SE 1.2 manual: 64.5 mpg (US) ... 27.4 km/L ... 3.6 L/100 km ... 77.4 mpg (Imp)

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