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The Mitsubishi Mirage will battle it out with the cheapest cars on the market from January following the confirmation of a sub-$13K starting price for the all-new Thai-built city car.

The entry-level Mitsubishi Mirage ES manual will start from $12,990, positioning it just north of the Chery J1 ($10,990), Suzuki Alto ($11,790) and Holden Barina Spark ($12,490), while undercutting the Nissan Micra ($13,490), Volkswagen Up! and Proton S16 FLX (both $13,990). The mid-spec Mirage Sport costs from $14,190 and the high-grade LS $15,490, while the continuously variable transmission (CVT) option adds $2250 across the range.

At 3710mm long, 1665mm wide and 1500mm tall, the Mitsubishi Mirage is 210mm longer, 65mm wider and 30mm taller than the Suzuki Alto, and Mitsubishi claims the base model’s 4.4-metre turning radius is the best in its class.

All models are powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 57kW at 6000rpm and 100Nm at 4000rpm. Mirage ES and Sport variants consume 4.6 litres of fuel per 100km teamed with either the five-speed manual or CVT, while the ES uses 4.8 and 4.9L/100km with the respective gearboxes.

The Mirage ES is equipped with 14-inch steel wheels (and a space-saver spare), leather-wrapped steering wheel, manual air conditioning, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, cloth seats, and a two-speaker audio system with AUX and USB inputs and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming.

For an extra $1200, the Mirage Sport adds 14-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and two extra speakers for the stereo.

Another $1300 affords you the Mirage LS, which scores larger 15-inch alloys, front foglights, leather-bound gearshift, chrome interior door handles, climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, auto headlights and rain-sensing wipers.

The Mirage range is available in four colours – Mulberry (pictured), Red Planet, Cool Silver and White – while the LS can also be ordered exclusively in Cyber Blue and Midnight Black.

All variants come standard with six airbags (dual front, side and curtains) and electronic stability control, and although it is yet to be independently crash tested, Mitsubishi says it has been engineered to achieve the maximum five-star result.

Like all Mitsubishi models, the new Mirage is covered by a five-year/130,000km warranty and the manufacturer’s four-year/60,000km capped-price servicing program.


2013 Mitsubishi Mirage manufacturer’s list prices:

  • Mirage ES manual – $12,990
  • Mirage ES CVT – $15,240
  • Mirage Sport manual – $14,190
  • Mirage Sport CVT – $16,440
  • Mirage LS manual – $15,490
  • Mirage LS CVT – $17,740

  • Al

    Car looks slightly better in these shots than the official ones. 

    The black rims make the car look cheap though esp in 14inchers

    • MisterZed

      The purple car is not how the car will look in showrooms. That car obviously has lots of aftermarket stuff put on it, like body-kit and black rims, which aren’t part of the official specs. The car you’ll see in showrooms will look much more bland than that.

      • Lindsay

        I should hope so.

  • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

    looks better than i expected. is it micra sized or fiesta sized as i thought this was the replacement for the colt which was fiesta size.

    Fiance was waiting for this as she still has a 280,000km mirage she wont let go of

    • Mia

      I think it’s Micra/Alto/Spark/Up! sized.

    • TheRealThomas

      Get her a clio when that comes out, better yet, get Renault to bring in the Twingo to compete with these.

      • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

        she loves the current clio as I do bring it home a bit too often at the moment but she loves her bloody mirage even without the assistance of power steer.
        The twingo is on renaults hit list when the new model is available as ATM it would be too expensive and only in manual (death in OZ)

        • TheRealThomas

          Maybe you just need a real salesman to sell the Twingo to Aussies

  • Henry Toussaint

    What Happened to the Green? Those colours are pretty boring…

  • Sam

    Well it would want to be good.  The Micra is a great little car, and the alto is an homest puddle jumper, while the VW UP! has the brand people like to be seen in.  If this car has any serious short comings people will simply choose something else and Mitsubishi will have a Colt experience all over again and have to live with 0.5% of market share……

  • WOW

    1000Nm at 4000rpm!! WOW now thats amazing!

  • Razor

    WOW!  1000NM!!  Epic!

    Heard the black rims weren’t meant to be on that car, Mits couldn’t get the right ones here on time.

  • Zaccy16

    If i was in the market for a 12,990 car i would rather the used market over this nasty little mirage, the previous gen mirage was a better car! and thats over 10 years ago, who would buy a mid spec one when you can have the much more refined and quality vw up!

    • Liam

      I take it you’ve driven it since you consider it is “nasty”?

      • matt

        hes our resident psychic, he knows all.

      • Gibbut

        my eyes say its nasty, are those 10 inch rims???

      • Zaccy16

        From the car advice review a couple of months ago

        • Jober As A Sudge

          I just read the review…not sure how you ascertain it’s nasty from that. This is purely a runabout city car. Not my cup of tea but definitely not nasty 

    • Tom

      You’ve not driven either mate. I do agree with your first statement, but if I had that amount of money to spend I would never ever buy a new car in that price range. I honestly don’t reckon they’re worth it.

    • Hung Low

      The Vw Throw up will end up costing much more than this and is even uglier.

      • Luke Brinsmead

        VW Up! ugly?…I think you need to wear some spectacles.

  • Doctor

    $2,250 seems a bit steep for a rubber band. :-)

  • Anon

    My pick? Hyundai i20 or Kia Rio

    • $29896495

      Yeah I agree. This a car about the same size (slightly bigger in some respects) as the old Lanos or previous Barina, 3 cylinders  57 kw don’t think so. 

      • Jizzle

        Agree, I would pick the i20 or Rio over the Up!, Alto, Micra, Spark or this, which are all totally underpowered.

    • 451

      kia riooo better

  • Monk

    It’s a joke car Ted

    • Jober As A Sudge

      Settle down Dougal!

  • Amlohac

    4.8L/100kms seems a lot for a vehicle with such little power?

    • $29896495

      It has to work to hard, economy will probably go in the toilet when driven normally like many of the very small motors.

    • Zaccy16

      It’s very strained because of lack of torque

  • aball

    Is that a kitchen bench where the back seat’s meant to be?

    • Hung Low

      Nah mate, it’s an ironing board!

  • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

    just realised the rear seat is COMPLETLEY devoid of anything resembling comfort or character on the base.

    imagine what this will look like once it stretches with a bum or two over a couple of years.

    who signed that off.

    • Karl Sass

      The accountant.

  • 42 = The Answer

    Is there an option on the list for a Chiropractic adjustment for rear passengers?!

  • Chest Rockjaw

    Mitsubishi’s new styling direction is conservative committee Japanese… This translates to horrible. What an inept effort.

    • $29896495

      I think you could mistake it for a Micra from the front if you squinted (and not to hard).

  • rocco

    mismatched interior. the white door and dash add-ons look like afterthoughts or like someone forgot to add dye to the plastics. That rear seat would be cruel for the family pet, let alone a human.

  • Gibbut

    what is with mitsus new design language of fat bodies and tiny wheels and wheel arches. This and the new outlander are both TERRIBLE looking cars.

    sorry mitsu you are NOT on winners here

  • Martin

    I like that there is a return to cheap, low tech cars for the masses who don’t really care or need or even want to pay for the technology or over engineering that they’ll probably never need. That said I do think the current crop of Micra and Alto certainly have all the bases covered already.

  • Jimmybarnwell

    There’s no effort from the government to help more and more people get into brand-new, safer cars. Too many taxes make motor vehicles pricey and/or underequipped. A base Lancer in America can be had for just $15,000, but despite the strong Aussie dollar, we still have to fork out over $20,000 for more or less the same car. So if you guys criticise the Mirage’s simplicity and lack of features, you may as well look at it as a good effort from Mitsubishi in assisting buyers from the used car market as much as possible.

    • Zaccy16

      The government doesn’t want us to drive because there but buddies the greens want us cooped up in trains and buses!

  • pixxxels

    You just have to laugh, don’t you.

    Oh Mitsu… Where did you go?

  • mo

    Rear seats look a lot more comfortable than the torture rack which was the old Mirage. And at least its a five door. Should also be pretty safe with 6 airbags, ESC, EBD, ABS, etc. Especially if it gets its 5-stars. 
    I reckon it’ll be a winner. 

    My only complaint is the space-saver spare. I’ve had to change the tyre on a Mirage about 500km west from Brisbane. I wouldn’t have made it home that Sunday if I only had a space saver.

  • StevenA

    There are far too many haters here who clearly havent read the reviews and are fabricating stuff, its a brilliant package and very competative so get your facts right boys, geeez.

    • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

      StevenA, as with everything in this world visuals and reccomendation/condemnation rule supreme when it comes to making most decisions.
      Believe me i deal with it everyday.
      This means that it doesnt matter how good the item/car is if it looks ugly, looks cheap, and everyone you know bags it, you will more than likley NOT purchase it.
      being competetive is merely not enough anymore as australia has more choice per capita than any other country when it comes to cars. you either need to be different in (Good) styling OR be way ahead of the game in terms of engineering or features.
      Case in point will be the new Outlander.
      Ugly in photos but apparently not too bad in perosn
      Heaps of available Tech depending on model
      Compare this to the All New CR-V
      similar reaction to styling
      NO tech in OZ (Overseas yes just not here)
      Who will win if was a two horse race. Most people probably wont even step into a Honda dealership if they havent owned one before as going on the internet research most people will do it has nothing going for it.

      • TheRealThomas

        How did you get top 100 anyway, who did you have to pay?lol

  • Birty_B

    Love the comments. I think people are completely missing the point of these cars. They’re price pointed new cars that are easy to drive with all the safety features, cheap to run and the benefit of a new car warranty. Styling is purely subjective and this car is certainly inoffensive. And who cares how the backseat looks, as long as it’s comfortable enough to fit two adults for a half hour drive it’s going to more then cater for 95% of it’s intended uses. I’ve sat in the back of one and there can be no complaints made about the space for the size of the car. 

    I think a lot of people on this sight have watched too much Top Gear and feel the need to bag and write off cars that successfully done what they’ve set out to do. 

    • $29896495

      Well maybe some are but I don’t think so. What people are doing is looking at that and comparing to the previous Mirage and other cars in the segment. Kia, runs rings around it for looks, equipment. engine, judging by the measurements, space, choice of two or four doors. 

      This is inoffensive to look at, bland if you like, a bit of everything style wise. People recognise it for what it is, the one in the pic, obviously targeted at females with that horrendous colour. But stripped and with 3 cylinders of barely any power, (numbers don’t lie) in a reasonably sized small car, which will in this country at the very least be expected to run an aircon, means it’s going to be woeful on the road. To get it to perform with traffic will mean you have to thrash the life out of it which will drive your economy to the weeds.

      • Guest

        Where are you going in a hurry in a traffic jam? No one cares if you have a V12 or a 660cc engine in traffic. They both still going as fast as each other and quite frankly, all everyone wants to do is to get to their destination safely. If it means having to be there 5 mins later, it’s better than injurying yourself or others.

        And if we do want to drive fast, I bet you that they don’t rush out of your car and rush to do whatever you’re doing at the same pace as many drive their cars.

        • $29896495

          See post below – Birty. What does speeding have to do with the question of whether it can handle day to day running? Plus there are not traffic jams 24 hours a day right across this wide brown land of ours.

          • Guest

            If you’re driving this across this wide brown land of our’s, then OBVIOUSLY you’ve chosen the wrong weapon for the job.

          • $29896495

            For some people it might be their only car

      • Birty_B

        Your comments regarding the power prove that you are missing the point of the car. Not having driven I’ll hold back on judgements regarding acceleration as a power figure isn’t the only number to take into consideration. But it really isn’t the be all and end all in this segment. And the base model 5 door Rio has a list price $3300 more then the mirage. Hardly comparable. 

        • $29896495

          I haven’t missed the point at all. I’ve driven cars with power figures like this and as proven time and again, in tests of other underpowered cars, they consume more fuel in any given situation when called on to do work. That work could be as simple as keeping up with traffic, not all roads are jams you know. As i stated, it would have to run aircon and other accessories. Which also draws energy from the under powered motor, So what are you going to do, drive round 40 degree heat no air, I think not. Not to mention the damage those extras, will do to your pulling power. It really is a torque question not power. At 100NM you have bugger all pull. Stick, as some one wrote 4 adults on board, air on CVT and bingo, that little 3 cylinder is working it’s heart out. As I’ve written else where it’s a question of energy balancing weight. With more energy, available than is needed for weight, the engine doesn’t have to work so hard and you get better economy. See the problem they are finding with these turboed tiddlers, is even though they have extra power they are being asked to move something which is to big. Thus fuel economy suffers in the real world. So you shoot yourself in the foot. You need to balance weight with power (or torque) for economy.

          These engines are being developed for Europe who have tax incentives for small motors. This is a political solution, Not an engineering solution.

          As for Rio, their price brackets overlap.

          • jizzle

            I agree, this whole segment is totally pointless, the Up!, Alto, Micra, Spark and this are all totally underpowered.

  • Grant

    I dont understand why there is so much negative feedback.. this car is practical, cheap as hell to runs, with god knows how many safety features, surely this car will win votes over its targeted market range 18-35, and to top it off it is priced to sell!!.. im a tradey atm driving a holden on gas costing me close to $50 to fill up a 60ltr tank, and only getting 350ks out of a tank city driving!! I will deffinatily be considering buying this car with the amount of driving i do and the sort of milage this car delivers.. big thumbs up! 

  • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

    To everyone banging on about fuel economy.

    REAL WORLD fuel economy is generally more than the quoted sticker by some margin due to the government cycle saying they dont have to have the aircon on or the accessories on and are conducted on a dynometer in a climate controlled environment of between 20-30 degrees and involve a computer calibration of aerodynamics and weight. After putting in all parameters you get the sticker figures.

    Unfortunatly this means car companies can and do make sure their cars pass these tests with flying colours by changing gear ratio’s and fuel mapping to suit. this is the same as what they are doing with crash tests as well by engineering the car to get a 5 star crash rating.

    Laborotories can only go so far and the real world is unpredictable.

    To Grant for instance, if you live in the city and dont leave the city at all then, apart from what your tradie mates may say about a purple mirage, it could be well suited for you.
    if however you will be carting quite a bit of stuff around, ie.e toolboxes ,ladders etc or go highway trips on the weekend, say from brisbane to gold coast, with a couple of mates spend the extra and get at least a bit more power

    to put my point about manufacturer dodging the figures look at what car won the last green car competition from alice to adelaide.

    A V8 HSV was the overall winner by a fair margin over hybrid and diesels due to it being the biggest percentage below its official sticker figure. This is due to many factors but a big one is HSV would have put gearing to suit the engine and car not the lowest fuel consumption as its main priority.

    • Grant

      Haha well for starters my friend i wouldnt purchuse a purple one, and secondly as for tools are concerned, i wont be hauling that many as i am bricklaying sub-contractor who only needs basic hand tools..in which wont be taking up much space or weight, i also live in the outer suburbs of the city which means majority of my work i have to travel on the freeway making this an ideal car for me and anyone else in my circumstances :-)

      • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

        Hope you took my comments about the purple as a tongue in cheek joke like it was meant….
        All i would say is spend the extra on the top model as that will help in the future resale and lets face it its not too much moreif the budget allows. Always better to get the higher model rather than get a base one and Doof Doof it up.

  • ujb

     No Sat/Nav, shame on you Mitsubishi Australia

    • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man


      Inbuilt sat nav would aska premium of at least $1,000 and if you have ever used the Mitsu system you wouldn’t want it anyway.

      Buy a premium Nav from Harvey or JB and get free map updates as well.

      • Grant

        The old man had a outlander which is a couple of years old, which has a multi unit installed and is everything you could possibly ask for as for features wise..Bluetooth, GPS, iPod connectivity, as well a DVD entertainment unit with loads of extra.. I do have to agree with you Modernman as for the GPS part though, with investing your money on a potable GPS with lifetime time map upgrades, instead of folking out $400 or soo to upgrade the maps in the cars system.

  • MisterZed

    A couple of other things to note is that the base model only has 2 speakers. This is something last seen back in the 1990s. The base model is also only available in 4 different colours, compared with 6 for the other trim levels. You can’t get a base model in black, for example.

  • Lukalele

    The old Mirages had a certain uniquesness to their look that made them unmistakeable on the road. This just looks like every other small hatch in its class. They’re all starting to look the same. Pity.

  • Ding Chu

    less futuristic design….a little bit oldie needs improvement

  • Smiles9941

    Is a 3 cylinder good new to driving and looking at a new car I have a 2003 mirage and I love it and don’t want to part with it but it doesn’t fit a baby seat in it unfortunately other wise I’d keep her so kinda looking for info about it. Plus it’s cheap something I could afford and I like the new one but doesn’t really look like a mirage.

    • $29896495

      I doubt you’d be happy with the 3 cylinder. This is from left field but have a look at the Cherry J3. Not the smallest one, but the midsizer. For a couple of grand more you get a bigger car with leather and all the bits. And a 4 cylinder engine. Aircon, 12,990 drive away.

      • $29896495

        Correction, for the same money as the least equipped Mirage you get leather, 6 air bags abs/abd, 4 wheel discs, 5 alloys, climate control air, 3 year 100,000k warranty with 3 years road side assist, a car a whole class larger than the mitsubishi, twin exhaust pipes? I’ve missed a whole heap of inclusions but you can find out for yourself.

  • Mich

    I bought one. On impulse, admittedly. I’m a speed freak, so I need something that won’t fly – he disappoints and surprises me in that respect by kicking ass on acceleration. We’re beginning to bond and I’m feeling pretty happy with that. He feels good and handles tidily. I’d have loved the purple colour, being white, I lose him in carparks all the time! His economy (with and without a/c) is pretty acceptable – 15km/l and 18km/l. Style and image are unimportant – it’s just a car! AND I’m not going to be 64 and eating cat-food before he’s paid off.