The Mitsubishi Mirage is coming--that much we know after our trip to Bangkok to test-drive the Japanese carmaker's entry in the Philippines' burgeoning microcar market. We also know that it'll only come with a 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine that produces 77hp and 100Nm of torque.
That, however, may soon change as Mitsubishi is reportedly keen on making a hotter version of its mini hatchback.
Citing Japanese car magazine Best Car, LeBlogAuto.com claims that the Mirage Evolution will likely get a 1.5-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine that’ll put out around 150hp, nearly twice as powerful as the stock 1.2-liter mill of the standard Mirage.
While 150hp may not sound enough in today's horsepower-hungry market, Mitsubishi plans to make up for that by lightening the vehicle to make it weigh less than 900kg.
Mitsubishi reportedly hopes to have the Mirage Evolution go on sale by†middle of 2013.
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