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by Daniel DeGasperi

The five-door Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback has become the equal-cheapest new passenger car available on the Australian market following an aggressive $1000 cashback deal available until December 31.

It coincides with last week’s demise of the Chery J1 hatchback, which was forced out of the market due to the unavailability of electronic stability contol (ESC) that became mandatory on all new cars as of November 1 federal legislation.

Available across the Mirage range is a $1000 cashback offer that reduces the price of the entry-level ES specification to $11,990 driveaway, matching the price of the Suzuki Alto. With the demise of the J1, and before the cashback offer, the Mirage ES had previously shared the second-cheapest new car title with the Proton S16 sedan, Nissan Micra ST and Chery’s remaining hatchback, the J3.

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The Mitsubishi Mirage ES features a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine mated with a five-speed manual transmission. Standard equipment includes 14-inch steel wheels, remote central locking, power windows and mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, two-speaker stereo with CD player, six airbags and stability control.

Other cashback offers apply to other Mitsubishi models until December 1, including the ASX 2WD which drops to $23,990 driveaway including $1000 cashback, and the Outlander ES which scores $2000 cashback resulting in a $26,990 driveaway pricetag, with bonus 18-inch alloy wheels. The cashback figures apply to all models in the ASX and Outlander range.

Larger Mitsubishi four-wheel-drives, the Challenger and Pajero, both score a heftier $4000 cashback across the range, which reduces the price of the Challenger 4×4 Base to $35,990 driveaway and the Pajero VRX to $55,990 driveaway. The only Triton ute specification to score $2000 cashback is the GLX Plus, which becomes $29,990 driveaway after the manufacturer-backed refund.




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