The Thailand-built Mirage will be the first all-new vehicle added to Mitsubishi's lineup since the 2011 debut of the Outlander Sport small crossover.
NEW YORK -- Mitsubishi Motors North America says its new Mirage minicar will get 40 mpg in combined city and highway driving.
Mitsubishi estimates that the Mirage, which is roughly the size of a Chevrolet Spark, will get 37 mpg city/44 mpg highway when equipped with a continuously variable transmission. The five-door hatchback will be powered by 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine producing 74 hp and 74 pounds-feet of torque.
The Mirage will compete against small cars such as the Spark, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris, Mitsubishi says. Masatoshi Hasegawa, executive vice president of corporate planning at Mitsubishi Motors North America, said monthly Mirage sales should total about 500-600 units in the United States.
The Mirage's fuel economy figures await U.S. EPA approval. If approved, they should help Mitsubishi in its quest to refashion itself as an eco-friendly auto brand.
Pricing was not announced. Yoichi Yokozawa, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, said the Mirage's base price would be similar to the Chevrolet Spark, which starts at $12,995 including shipping.
The Thailand-built Mirage will be the first all-new vehicle added to Mitsubishi's lineup since the 2011 debut of the Outlander Sport small crossover. In 2012, Mitsubishi posted a 27 percent decline in U.S. sales -- the largest decline for any automaker in the United States -- reflecting the cancellation of the Endeavor crossover, Eclipse coupe, Spyder convertible and Galant sedan.
Standard features on the Mirage include seven airbags, tire pressure monitoring system and a hill-start assist function on models with a CVT. Better equipped Mirages in ES trim adds 14-inch alloy wheels, push button start, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation and backup camera.