Face-off : The old vs new Mitsubishi Mirage

With a new version of Mirage quietly revealed during the 2016 Manila International Auto Show and formally launched a few weeks after, have you wondered what made it different from the 2015 version? Well, we did. 

This prompted us to put the new Mitsubishi Mirage under the microscrope, or better, the AutoDeal Car Guide. 


The new Mirage is now bolder, in contrast to the previous model’s subdued aesthetic. Its front fascia now resembles the G4 sedan thanks to its bigger grille and chrome outline, but makes itself distinct with another chrome accent that runs across the front bumper.

At the rear are faux-air vents on both sides and taillights that are a bit larger than before. Wheels are also updated to a 14-inch 8-spoke alloy wheel. If you opt for the GLS variant, it would come with Bi-Xenon HID Projector headlights, LED taillights, and two-tone alloy wheels.


It retains the same 1.2L gasoline engine but the new Mirage’s power has slightly increased at 78 hp compared to the previous 76 hp. Torque, on the other hand, remains at 100 Nm. In both variants, the engine is attached to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT.


The two have the same wheelbase measured at 2,450mm from wheel to wheel. However, the new Mirage is a bit longer overall at 3,795mm in contrast to the previous 3,710mm. As for the luggage space, there is no official figure for the new Mirage. 


Minimal changes were done inside the new Mirage. The steering wheel was redesigned and now includes a gloss black accent, while the instrument cluster is white lit for the GLS variant. A touchscreen panel is now also available for all models, with the GLX getting it in 7-inches while the GLS has a 6.5-inch but with GPS navigation as dealer option.

Safety and Technology

Dual front airbags still come as standard across all models. In addition, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution is now included in the GLX variants while those running with CVT are equipped with Brake Override System.

The new GLX models are available for P553,000 (MT) and P603,000 (CVT), P20,000 more than the outgoing model, while the GLS variants start at P663,000 (MT) and tops at P713,000 (CVT) or P30,000 more than previous.

The new Mitsubishi Mirage might be more expensive than the previous iteration, but it justifies that by improvements across the line. ABS, EBD, and the touchscreen entertainment system are welcome improvements for the GLX variants, while those who opt for the GLS would certainly appreciate the added flair given to the subcompact hatchback.


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