The Mitsubishi Mirage name has returned to Australia after 10 years with the city car making its Australian debut at today's 2012 Sydney motor show ahead of its official release in January next year.

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Offered in two specification levels – a base ES and higher LS – the all-new Mitsubishi Mirage combines a new lightweight platform and aerodynamic body to present potential buyers with an new contender in the small eco-conscious car market.

Powered by an all-new 1.2-litre three-cylinder Smart MIVEC engine producing 57kW of power at 6000rpm and 100Nm of torque at 4000rpm, the Mirage is offered with either a five-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Achieving fuel consumption figures of 4.6 litres per 100km and CO2 emissions of 109 grams per kilomtre in ES guise and 4.8L/100km (4.9L/100km CVT) and 113g/km (115g/km CVT) in LS variants, Mitsubishi says the new Mirage claims efficiency numbers that are best in class.

Measuring in at 3710mm long, 1665m wide and 1500mm high – 175mm shorter, 30mm narrower and 25mm taller than the Mazda2 – the Japanese car maker says the new Mirage provides enough interior space to seat up to five people “in comfort”.

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Inside, a flat dashboard combines with a gloss-black centre stack for a clean, simplified look, highlighted by silver accents on the gear shift surround, gear knob, air vents and chrome door handles on LS models. The Mitsubishi Mirage ES features a black seat fabric embossed with a polka-dot pattern while the LS sees a black and purple fabric used for both the front seats and 60/40 split-fold rear seats.

The base Mirage receives a two-speaker stereo with CD player, USB and AUX input, and Bluetooth with audio streaming and phone connectivity with controls for both found on the three-spoke leather steering wheel. The Mirage LS sees this list grow to include two additional speakers for the audio system, dusk-sensing headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, and a keyless operating system with one-touch start. Front fog lights, a roof spoiler, door sash blackout and 15-inch alloy wheels complete the package.

An optional ‘Mirage Sport’ pack based on the Mirage ES is also available and sees the addition of a roof spoiler, four-speaker stereo, door sash blackout and 14-inch alloy wheels.

The small car doesn’t ignore safety either with six airbags; driver and front passenger, side and curtain, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, stability control, and three tether anchors and two Iso-Fix rear seat child restraints all fitted as standard.

Available in Mulberry (pictured), Cyber Blue (LS only), Midnight Black (LS only), Red Planet, Cool Silver and White the new Mitsubishi Mirage is expected to be priced in-line with the Holden Barina, Mazda2, Toyota Yaris.