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
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