The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage has arrived in Australia with a fresh face, new tech and revised interior to challenge the Kia Picanto’s dominance over Australia’s micro-car segment.
Now available in Mitsubishi showrooms, the facelifted Mirage takes off where its predecessor left off as one of the most affordable new cars on the market, with the entry-level ES manual retailing for $14,990.
That's $1000 more than the previous model, which is reasonable considering the update brings the eight-year-old sixth-generation Mirage a fresh interior fit-out, and - for the first time - autonomous emergency braking, an infotainment system and a reversing camera.
Like its recently facelifted ASX small-SUV sibling, the new look is framed around the brand's ‘Dynamic Shield’ front design language, re-sculpted rear-end, and LED combination lamps at each end, which combine to help cure Mitsubishi’s baby hatch of its chronic blandness.
Inside, the 2020 Mirage gains fresh dashboard layout built around a 7.0-inch touchscreen with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Mitsubishi says it has also improved interior quality and comfort, with softer front armrests, and ‘sporty' seat designs.
Safety tech includes low-speed auto braking, which Mitsubishi calls Forward Collision Mitigation System that prevents or reduces the severity of a collision at city speeds, while the range-topping Mirage LS has lane departure warning.
The frugal 57kW/100Nm 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine carries over from the previous model with the ES having a choice of five-speed manual gearbox or CVT auto, and the LS CVT only.
The Mirage is available in seven colours with White the only standard option, with metallic and pearl paints attracting a $740 premium.
Mitsubishi Mirage standard features
The entry-level ES comes standard with a five-speed manual gearbox, with the CVT auto costing an additional $1500.
Standard kit includes:
- 7” smartphone touchscreen audio
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto
- Reversing camera
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Ambient temperature display
- Black cloth seats
- 14-inch steel wheels
- Daytime running lamps
- Hill-start assist
The Mirage LS retails for $17,490 and gains:
- Single zone climate control
- Contrasting cloth trim
- 15” alloy wheels
- Cruise control
- Privacy glass
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- LED headlamps
- Fog lamps
- Automatic high beam
- LED daytime running lamps
- LED rear combination lamps
Mitsubishi Australia will be hoping the Mirage will be able to peg back its segment dominance that peaked in 2016 with 36.2 percent market share against a wider field that included the then-new Picanto and Fiat 500, and now discontinued models including the Holden Spark, Nissan Micra and Suzuki Celerio.
2020 Mitsubishi Mirage pricing (RRP)
- Mirage ES manual - $14,990
- Mirage ES CVT - $16,490
- Mirage LS CVT - $17,490
Mitsubishi has set drive away pricing for $1500 above RRP, which includes on-road costs and, for the LS, metallic or pearl paint.
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