The entry price point for the Mitsubishi Mirage has been dropped for the updated 2015 model, with the base ES variant now priced at just $11,490 - making it one of the cheapest cars on the market.
The range has been simplified to two models, with the mid-range ES Sport variant having been axed. The two remaining versions - the entry-level ES and top-end LS - have both received additional equipment upgrades in addition to price drops.
The new ES gets a reduction of $1500 over the previous model - or an 11.5 per cent drop - compared to the manufacturers' list price for the 2014 Mirage (from $12,990), while the LS has dropped by $2000 (or 13.5 per cent). However, it is worth noting that transaction prices in dealerships across the country have often included on-road costs, with cars rolling out below the list price.
As well as adding an emergency stop signal system (which flashes the hazard lights under hard braking), all 2015 Mirages have a new short rooftop antenna, while an all-black interior has also been adopted, and ES models now have a boot light.
The LS version now gains cruise control - previously unavailable on any model - and also sees the addition of privacy glass.
Furthering the value equation is the retained five-year, 100,000-kilometre warranty, while Mirages retain a four-year capped price servicing program with roadside assistance.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is claimed to get reduced noise, vibration and harshness levels, with new sound insulation in the front and rear floor areas, dash, A-pillars and across the cowl, while new engine mounts are said to reduce noise and vibration from the 1.2-litre three-cylinder, which gets no major changes and continues to produce 57kW and 100Nm.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage hatch remains available with six colours, though five of them are metallic and add $495.
2015 Mitsubishi Mirage hatch: specifications
All black interior – new
Exterior lamps with Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) – new
Short type roof antenna – new
Luggage room lamp – new
Hill start control (CVT only)
Driver and passenger front airbags
Side and curtain airbags
Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming and voice control
Steering wheel with audio and phone controls
AM/FM CD player with USB and auxiliary input with front speakers only
Power door mirrors
Body colour door handles and mirrors
Power windows with driver's side auto up and down
Two ISOFIX rear seat child restraints
Three tether anchor rear seat child restraints
Child proof rear door locks
LS standard features over ES:
Cruise control – new
Privacy glass – new
Climate control air conditioning
Chrome and silver interior accents
15-inch alloy wheels
Front fog lamps
Colour key rear spoiler
High grade seat material
Four speakers (front and rear)
2015 Mitsubishi Mirage hatch pricing (plus on-road costs):
ES manual - $11,490 (-$1500)
ES CVT - $13,490 (-$1500)
LS manual - $12,990 (-$2000)
LS CVT - $14,990 (-$2000)