AutonetMagz – Back from the introduction of the facelift Mitsubishi Mirage on Central Park Shopping Mall last week, we’ve got a chance to find the detail changes of this new city car from Mitsubishi. Are this additional improvement make the car become more competitive than ever, or just another half-hearted intention to prolong this model breath? let’s find out together.
The new Mirage facelift basically have a quite minor changes, but in overall it did works to make the car much more fresh and mature. As Mitsubishi Mirage previously have a rather weird design, as its not cute, not pretty enough, not macho enough, or nor sporty enough for a city car.
But when Mitsubishi apply the new front grille design, and a new more bold engine hood, the looks become more mature, and elegant, with a just right proportion of chrome garnish at the lower front bumper.
For the Exceed variant as the highest trim (No Sport trim anymore for this new facelift model), Mitsubishi fitted a pair of foglamp surrounded by the chrome garnish.
But too bad, the projector headlights we’ve seen on the US version are not available in Indonesia version, and felt like again Mitsubishi are half-hearted in revising this city-car.
At the side, not much changes, except the application of a new two tone alloy wheels for the Exceed and GLS, or a new design single tone alloy wheels for the GLX trim.
At the rear, we could see the new redesigned rear spoiler with a more bigger and sportier design, along with LED indicator, parking sensor and a new redesigned lower bumper, which luckily this time, aligned with the front design looks and no chiseled side profile like the pre-facelift variant.
Again, Mitsubishi didn’t bring the LED Tail lamp like the USDM facelift version to our market, which personally I think, lower the car value against their other rival, and prefer to keep the old rear tail lamp design.
With a quite minor changes at the exterior, lets look at the interior, which we think will be more better. Mitsubishi finally apply a new steering wheel design, which we think looks much better, along with a steering switch audio control to change the audio, and a high contrasting instrument panel and MID.
The head unit remains the same as the previous model, along with a piano black dashboard trim surrounding it. The auto AC remains exist, so do the USB connection at the glove box. While the Start Stop button seats nicely on the panel behind the steering wheel.
At the door trim, the similar piano black accent applied on the center console now applied throughout the door trim, which effectively create a more elegant and luxury ambiance inside the cabin.
The fit and finishing are still good, and as you expected from a city car, no soft touch material applied, only hard plastic everywhere, but with a decent quality for its segment.
The seat upholstery also changed to apply a dual tone and a new upholstery pattern, it remains to use a fabric material, and no leather options for other variant.
Moving to the rear cabin, Mitsubishi this time apply a significant changes, as the seats are redesigned, to have a contour shaped at the lower side, and a 60/40 folding system, plus 3 adjustable head rest, which is way better compare to the flat, one piece folding and fixed small headrest at the previous variant.
The application of a 40/60 split seats enables to put stuffs in the boot, while maintaining accommodation for the passengers. A good improvement indeed.
The facelift Mitsubishi Mirage remains to use a 1.2 liter MIVEC DOHC 3A92 engine who produce 77.5 PS at 6,000 rpm and 10.2 kg.m of torque at 4,090 rpm, mated with CVT INVECS II (Exceed and GLS) or a 5-speed MT and a front wheel drive.
As for the suspension and comfort, Mitsubishi said that they improved the car Steering returnability, along with handling and stability of this new car, but frankly, we have to try it much further to find out the difference.
So with a quite significant changes at the interior, by applying a 60/40 seats, Piano Black door trim, and a new color upholstery and new steering wheel, but not too significant changes at the exterior, Mitsubishi Mirage could be said to successfully create a new identity for the Mirage, as it now looks more elegant and mature than before. Not to mentioned the new Red Wine Pearl color strengthen the elegance ambiance and leaving behind the striking funky color, such as Yellow and Green found at the pre-facelift variant.
With a price range of IDR 175 to 195 million ,will the facelifted Mitsubishi Mirage become another Mitsubishi money maker in its segment? considering their rivals have a more affordable price tag, more features and more stylish than the Mirage. But again I personally think they wouldn’t have too much trouble in meeting the 400 units per month target for the new Mirage, as the target wasn’t that ambitious at all.