Back To Basics – The Mirage

Mitsubishi, back to basics with the Mirage has not meant a cheap, de-contented product nor a “low cost” vehicle. Instead Mitsubishi have produced a rational, no-nonsense product, with the expected quality and reliability Mitsubishi Motors is renowned for.

2012 MirageShort (3710 mm), light (from 845 kg), sleek (Cd: 0.27), efficient (4.0 l /100km), clean (92 g/km) and peppy (0-100 km/h in 13”6), the Mitsubishi Mirage remains nonetheless roomy (1651 mm total legroom), comfortable (for 5 occupants) and nimble (short 4.6 m turning circle despite a wide 1665 mm body), whilst offering the level of comfort, equipment and safety expected nowadays.

Re-engineering the B-Segment

Following the same development philosophy as New Outlander and the Mirage “engineering-first” approach translated into “efficiency-first” solutions:

  • Body:
    • Structural optimisation, extensive use of high-tensile strength steel panelling, etc… result in a significant reduction in weight over A/B- and B-Segment average with a minimum of only 845 kg, making a major contribution to fuel economy, CO2emissions and drivability.
    • At the same time, MMC’s patented RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body design combines an impact energy-absorbing front end with a high-rigidity cabin structure.
      • Improving on it for Mirage, Mitsubishi R&D added straight and large section front cross-members, so called “Multi-load pass frame”. Together with a reinforced cabin, they contribute to better energy management in case of a front crash.In the area of pedestrian safety, Mirage will obviously comply with the new EU regulations enforced from 2013, furthermore, Mirage will offer 6 airbags (incl. side & curtain) as standard equipment
      • Through CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis and wind tunnel testing, MMC design team focused their efforts over aerodynamic performance, (from the clam-shell hood to the – new patent pending – tapered rear roofline), providing a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.27 – one of the lowest in its class, if not the lowest, to the benefit of fuel economy, emissions and drivability
      • Mirages’high-efficiency packaging keeps the engine compartment as compact as possible to optimise occupant space. While smaller than conventional compact cars, the body dimensions make it highly manoeuvrable while providing good interior space for five adults and sufficient luggage space for everyday use (interior length representing 65% of the overall length of the car – cargo volume from 235 l VDA measured).
      • The front end design allows the driver to see both edges of the engine hood, making it easier to determine the positioning of the vehicle. Locating the A-pillars closer to the front occupants and starting the belt line low down at the front contributes to offer an excellent field of vision, both forward and to the side.

    Together with a turning radius of just 4.6 m – among the smallest in its class – this packaging allows the driver to maneuver with confidence when turning at intersections, driving along narrow roads or when parking.

    • Power-train:
      • In Europe, the Mirage is powered by a new generation of lightweight and compact low friction 3-cylinder petrol engines, available in either 1.0 l or 1.2 l displacements. Lively and thrifty, both use Mitsubishi Motors’ MIVEC variable valve timing system (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system)
      • Together with a painstaking reduction of engine friction and engine load as well
        as weight reduction, aerodynamic performance, transmission efficiency and MMC’s low CO2 technologies (see below), Mirage can boast high level of fuel economy and emissions, amongst the best in the segment:
    • As customary now with Mitsubishi Motors products in Europe, Mirage is equipped (depending on market and model) with the full palette of low CO2 technologies, including:
      • Auto Stop & Go,
      • Regenerative braking system,
      • High-efficiency 95 Ah alternator,
      • Intelligent battery sensor (“IBS”),
      • 165/65R14 low friction tyres,
      • For Mirage, this package now also features a 3-bar “Eco Drive Assist” display in the instrument cluster (depending on market and model) meant to gives a visual indication of how economically the vehicle is being driven based on current fuel consumption and vehicle speed.

        Last but not least, as an alternative to the standard 5-speed manual gearbox, Mirage can be fitted with the newest version of Mitsubishi’s INVECS-III CVT wide-ratio transmission (depending on market and model) which now uses a sub-gear train to deliver a better acceleration and fuel economy. Extending the engine speed range over which the lockup clutch engages and optimisation of transmission control has contributed to a further reduction in fuel consumption without affecting acceleration performance.

      • Chassis:
      • Mirage’s basic set up is MacPherson struts at the front with stabiliser bar and a torsion beam axle with coil springs at the rear, optimised to provide easy and stable handling, as well as a very comfortable ride. Stream-lining the suspension configuration has reduced its weight, contributing to better fuel economy.
      • For the sake of fuel economy, Mirage is equipped with a sharp electric powered rack & pinion steering (3.48 turns, lock to lock).
      • Braking system for Europe is courtesy of (depending on market and model):
        • Powered front ventilated discs / rear drums,
        • ABS + Active Stability Control + Traction Control + Brake Assist
        • Hill Start Assist (CVT only) + Emergency Stop Signal System

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