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The Mitsubishi Mirage has launched in Australia with an introductory price of $12,990 that also includes a $1000 Westfield gift voucher (until the end of January), effectively bringing the price down to $11,990.

The Mitsubishi Mirage enters the light car segment packed full of value and standard features, at a very competitive price. Mitsubishi Australia is expecting to sell around 1000 Mirages per month, with the majority being automatics and purchased by female buyers under the age of 35.

The Mirage is powered by a three-cylinder 1.2-litre engine, which produces 57kW of power and 100Nm of torque. It’s available with either a five-speed manual or continuously variant transmission (automatic). It sips just 4.6 litres of standard petrol per 100km in manual form and up to 4.8L/100km for the high-spec LS coupled with an automatic transmission.

Mitsubishi has lacked a choice in the light or city car segment (the second biggest in the market after small cars) since the Colt was discontinued last year. The Mirage will come with Mitsubishi’s well-known five-year unlimited-kilometre warranty and cost $250 for each service for the first 60,000km (at 15,000km service intervals).

From the outside the Mirage’s styling is by no means controversial but tends to stand out when coupled to one of the bright colours on offer.

Standard safety includes front, side and curtain airbags as well as electronic stability control, and although the Mirage is yet to receive an official star rating from ANCAP (expected in February), it’s likely to be a five-star car.

The base model ES receives power windows all around, Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming capabilities (streaming music wirelessly from your smartphone), USB connectivity (with native iPod/iPhone/iPad support) and Auxiliary input and leather steering wheel.

Step up to the ES Sport (from $14,490 driveaway) and 14-inch alloy wheels, roof spoiler and four speakers are added, while the range-topping LS gains automatic windscreen wipers, headlamps and smart entry as well as 15-inch alloys and fog lamps (from $16,990 driveaway).

The Mitsubishi Mirage will be available in six colours: Mulberry, Red Planet , Cool Silver, classic White and Cyber Blue and Midnight Black which are only available on the LS variants.

Check back tomorrow for a full review of the 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage. In the meantime, click the photos tab at the top for more pictures.


    Mitsubishi make the brilliant Lancer, AM6 Zero and T200 Brushcutter, this miss the mark a bit.

    • carbine

       It’s cheap, relatively well equipped, has a Japanese badge and is not hideously ugly. I think they nailed their market perfectly. It will succeed through accomplished mediocrity.

      • mo

        I agree. Its modern, safe, frugal, well equipped, cheap and uninspiring enough to be a perfect city car. There are many worse choices out there. 

        The old one did look better tho.

  • Gibbut

    not hideously ugly?  you kidding right??

    what a horrible little car!

    • Sumpguard

      I have to agree. I’d stretch a grand more and buy a Kia Rio if I was in this market.

      • PocertyDefined

        So glad I went to uni instead of flipping burgers.

        • Sumpguard

          That’s not how you spell poverty. Back to the grill !

      • Zaccy16

        or a mazda 2 or just buy the up! the best car by miles in the sub light class!

        • Sumpguard

            The up is ugly like this thing imo . The 2 is a good little car but dated now and needing a refresh. The Rio still looks fresh and is a good drive.


          • Zaccy16

            The 2 is still better to drive than the rio and is great value in neo spec

          • Sumpguard

              I’ve driven both. The Rio 1.6 was a good car.  We had the mazda 2 as a courtesy car during servicing of my navara and were happy to give it back. Still better than a corolla despite being a size down however.

          • JooberJCW

            Agree the Up looks like a clown with the border-lined mouth.

    • Zaccy16

      i totally agree, it looks c**p and looks like it came out 5-10 years ago not new in 2013!

  • Gibbut

    are those 10″ rims? 

  • Snoopy54000

    It’s great.Granted for similar money there are a lot of used cars in the next car class above if you are willing to do your homework and find a great example of one but the question is are you willing to lose a 5 year warranty and trouble free motoring for what could be if you are not careful someone else’s problem child of a car.

  • Zaccy16

    That interior is plastic fantastic! it looks like its made out of lego pieces melted! the cvt version would be so loud and unrefined with only 100 nm high in the rev range!

    • Douglas9305

      Hmmm…wouldn’t want to actually try the vehicle before commenting on refinement, eh?

      • Zaccy16

        Read the car advice review from a few months back and you will see what I mean

    • Jober As A Sudge

      For $13k are you expecting a leather interior? It’s a cheap city runabout…nothing more, nothing less.

      • Amlohac

        Its the modern day Hyundai Excel! The orginal 100,000km throw away car.

        Actually you still see those cars around on the road, HOW they havent totally rusted away or fallen appart is beyond me.

  • Pete Petrass

    The original Mirage was and still is a good looking car.   Cover the badge of this piece of rubbish and one would naturally think it came from China. Just another ugly little crapbox with supermarket trolley wheels.

  • Able

    Despite the constant negativity in the comments of this website (seriously, what do you guys expect in cars?) I’ll offer a positive comment and say that while I really don’t like such small cars, I think the Mirage is a nice little city runabout. It’s terrific value for money with a high standard equipment (especially for the money – $12,990 drive away!) and should sell well, something Mitsubishi deserves I think. The LS looks reasonably on those wheels too.

    • StevenA

      I agree, whats with all the haters here?, its a brilliant little package and let me remind people that Mirage isnt in the same size class as the larger vehicles compared to it by people in this forum, it would be a good thing if the haters didnt bother contributing here and if people stuck to the facts . . . 

    • Amlohac


      Heres one for ya.

      Why for any reason anyone would even go look at a Cherry now that theres this car and the VW up! available in our market is totally beyond me.

      Mitsubishi and VW will sell pleanty of these little gems.

      On a negative note… 57kw? LoL Wut?

      • John

         57Kw – probably adequate for the size and weight of the car.

        I’m a big fan of the small car – I think the Mirage is quite good for the money. But you’d have to stop at the base model (and the manual at that) – the money you pay for the  mid-spec and top-spec models would almost certainly be better spent elsewhere.

  • LowRezFez

    I hate the generic conservative Japanese styling… Look at the design flair of the UP!… At least it has character. I wish Mitsu well with this car, it’s not for me though.

  • Phunken

    So 90s… i guess retro is in…
    I thought Mitsu was on a roll with good looking cars like the Lancer Sedan which I got and the ASX with all the fighter plan and individualistic shark nose, why oh why they produced this. I know it’s for the Asian undeveloped countries but don’t thrust this mediocre car onto this market where they r competing in the most competitive and the fun and excitement segment in years. The Up! Which is euro minimalist cool, the Spark which is stylistically OTT, the Mazda2, Rio, Swift etc Grannies will love this Mirage cos really they can’t afford to repeat the Colt failure in the sale chart where the dealership in Canberra don’t even stock them cos it don’t sell.

  • Pete Petrass

    I know some say it does what it is supposed to be, a cheap affordable car.   it certainly is no Scirocco R but here is a question.   If you were looking for a cheap first car (assuming you prefer new over used) for one of your children would you put them in one of these?   Unlikely.

  • Henry

    Not that bad for a girls cars 

  • Guest

    Sub-light cars like the Suzuki Alto, Barina Spark & Nissan Micra were already in a sales rut – along comes the new Mitsubishi Mirage circa 2013. Styling wise – don’t think the Mirage would tickle any emotions being so generically style. Cars in this category are really gutless & simply suited for city driving only. On the highway, these cars would be downright dangerous due to their light weight & small dimensions. The windforce from a passing heavy vehicle could even cause the car to weave about. Won’t buy one for the kids on a “P” plate – standard light or even small cars are preferable.

  • Al Tungupon

    At least there is a tachometer included here unlike some, if not all Micra models.

  • Holly

    Why couldn’t they have made it look like the old one but a newish modern look, it dosnt even look like the old ones and I loved those ones hmm lol

  • Colour My World

    Just another FWD city shopping trolley for dolled-up sheilas. Perfect.  But hey – what a colour. What is it?  Take a look Ford & Holden….

  • Daniel

    I drove one at my local dealer today, i must say the interior is a pleasant surprise, nicely styled, not cartoonish or girly like the Micra,good leather covered wheel .Drove ok, took it on a 110 kph rd, held the speed ok, never attempted to overtake though.Nice high driving position overall a good cheap car, the exterior styling especially the front appears to be a photocopy of the Prius c.