We recently picked up on some interesting news regarding Mitsubishi’s Mirage and Nissan’s Juke. The word is that the next model of the Mitsubishi Mirage will be use platform called the “CMF B”, and will be utilized in the next generation Nissan Juke. Could this be a fast track of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance?
Just two years ago, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi, bringing them into the fold with Renault. The plan was to streamline all three brands and include collaboration on joint purchasing, deeper localization, joint plant utilization, common vehicle platforms, technology-sharing, and expansion of presence. A long term plan called Alliance 2022 was formed out of the partnership, with the goal of 9 million units from the 3 brands sharing 4 platforms and engines. The first platform to be shared was the midsize segment, which was already changing hands between Nissan and Renault ever since, with Mitsubishi having access to the platform in 2020.
Japanese news site, response.jp, in collaboration with another Japanese scoop site, Spyder7.com, have come up with a computer rendering of the new Mitsubishi Mirage using the new platform. An aggressive “Dynamic Shield” design is present, with a split grille and wide stance. Protruding wheel arches and touches of the Colt Rally Art and a tall wing - a solid nod to the late Mitsubishi Evolution. The news on the new platform is also likely in response to Suzuki recently launching the all-new Swift in several markets, with a rumor of a facelift in 2020.
Coincidentally, the rumor is that Mitsubishi will premier the all-new Mirage by 2020, featuring a 1.0L gasoline engine with 94 hp. Hopefully we get a nice range of engine sizes by launch date, as it’s almost guaranteed that any new updates to the Mirage will make it locally.