Disagree. I expect the new model will come with a conventional drivetrain.
Hybridizing/electrifying it will raise the price too much and push it out of its entry level mission. North Americans don't like spending big money for small cars.
This year's U.S. sales of the subcompact Toyota Prius C hybrid are only about 1/3 of the Mirage's current sales: http://carsalesbase.com/us-car-sales...oyota-prius-c/
I agree that the mirage has serious shortcomings as a hatchback. I remove the bottom seat cushion to allow the seats to fold flat. I he hatch needs to be wider and reach lower, but tthis would add cost and decrease the already poor rigidity of the car's body. I will be the first to admit, I'm a very spirited driver. I burn through tires fairly quickly and I wear out the outside edges from harder cornering n the engineers expected. I did the same thing in my last car (Accord) which was sporty compared to the mirage. Given that context, understand my full meaning when I advocate the Daox rear sway bar. I haven't broken it yet, so it's well enginerded, and it puts the car on rails compared to stock. I'm planning to have my summer tires (directionals) re-mounted on opposite sides for next summer, just to even out the tread wear before they die.
2014 Mirage GLX 5MT Plasma Purple
2004 Accord EX 5MT Graphite Pearl RIP
No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. -- That's why Ford outsells Mitsu in the US
Speculation is firming up that the car is sharing the Clio / Micra platform, and will debut later this year:
http://www.headlightmag.com/all-new-...thailand-2019/ (via Google Translate)All-new Mitsubishi Mirage might come before 2019 ends
Next-gen Mitsubishi Mirage to be Renault-Nissan based, as confirmed by COO
Mann confirmed that the new Mirage will be built on the CMF-B chassis of Renault-Nissan together with the European version of Nissan Micra (March) launched 2 years ago.
The launch will take place at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019. It may be the only show off in the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2019. Then, it will be sent to the stage at the Motor Expo in Thailand at the end of November 2019.