Mitsubishi will again challenge the Kia Picanto’s dominance over Australia’s micro-car segment, revealing an updated Mirage hatch that’s due to arrive Down Under around April next year.
The facelift, the second since the current model launched in 2012, brings sharper exterior design, a fresh interior fit-out and - for the first time - an infotainment system.
As we’ve just seen with its 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, but not Android Auto.
Mitsubishi says it has also improved interior quality and comfort, with softer front arm rests, and ‘sporty' seat designs.
No word on new powertrains, with the frugal 57kW/100Nm 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine likely to carry over.
There is also no information about any safety updates to the Mirage, which currently offers exactly nothing by way of active safety such as autonomous emergency braking.
The inclusion of a 7.0-inch touchscreen, though, does suggest a reversing camera will be finally be added to the basic equipment list.
Mitsubishi has also updated the Mirage sedan - called the Attage overseas - which is unlikely to arrive in Australia after the current model was withdrawn at the end of 2016.
Each version will continue to be manufactured in Thailand.
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The Micro segment accounts for just 0.7 percent of the cars sold in Australia so far in 2019.
The Mirage and Fiat 500 have managed just 617 and 648 sales respectively.
That’s a far cry from just three years ago when the budget-priced Mirage finished 2016 with a class-leading 36.2 percent market share with 3064 sales against a wider field that included the then-new Picanto and now discontinued models including the Holden Spark, Nissan Micra and Suzuki Celerio.
Mitsubishi Australia will be hoping this latest incarnation of its sole-surviving passenger car in will be able to peg back some of that success.
For that to occur, it will have to maintain the keen pricing that has allowed the $13,490 entry-level Mirage ES manual maintain its crown as Australia’s cheapest car.