It’s hard to believe the current generation Mitsubishi Mirage has been around for almost a decade. It’s been given a couple of updates here and there to keep it looking somewhat fresh, but we know it will eventually need a full makeover soon. Here’s how we want the next-gen Mirage to look like.
As you can see from the renderings, we decided to hit the reset button and use the first-gen Mirage—aka Colt hatchback—as an inspiration to get the model back on track. The slanted front end, headlights, and standalone corner turn signal and reflectors are nods to the original model. The classic cues are combined with the brand’s corporate Dynamic Shield Design fascia.
Moving on to the sides, I omitted the usual character line for a cleaner look and gave it a low beltline like on the first-gen car. At the back, the large slanted rear windshield is not only an ’80s throwback, but it also improves rear visibility—something we rarely see nowadays. Horizontal LED taillights recall the rectangular units of the first-gen model. Higher variants get a contrasting black top that stretches from the base of the A-pillars to the roof spoiler.
Our Mirage is longer and wider than the current model. It measures 3,924mm x 1,714mm x 1,486mm and rides on a 2,500mm wheelbase. This would put it in the same small B-segment occupied by the Suzuki Swift. Lower variants are equipped with 15-inch alloys while higher variants get larger two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels shod in 195/50 R16 rubber.
What underpins our Mirage? It’s unlikely that Mitsubishi would develop a new car platform from scratch at this point, so we think they’d turn to Nissan. Our Mirage is built on Renault-Nissan’s new CMF-A+ platform that is currently used by the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger subcompact crossover twins. Our version of the platform is adapted for car use, so it will have a lower ride height and smaller diameter tires.
The suspension layout remains the same: MacPherson struts up front and a twist beam at the rear. Under the hood is Nissan’s HRA0 1.0-liter turbo in-line-3 mill that puts out 99hp and up to 160Nm of torque. This engine is mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or an XTRONIC continuously variable transmission. The top trim level gets four-wheel disc brakes, while lower trims get rear drum brakes.
If Mitsubishi were to build this, would you consider it? Let us know in the comments.