Mitsubishi got a surprise hit with the Mirage and this could never be more apparent than in the Philippines where most compact cars you see is a Mirage. The popularity of this segment has produced similar offerings from other auto makers, like the Wigo from Toyota and the Brio from Honda. A combination of nice features and cheap pricing made the Mirage a hit among car buyers in the Philippines.
Even if strong sales is a testament to the popularity of the Mitsubishi Mirage, its design is not that attractive and could use a little update. Mitsubishi apparently knows this and that is why, Mitsubishi’s top-selling small car will get a styling upgrade for its next iteration.
The Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 (Mirage skipped the 2016 model) was recently unveiled at the LA Auto Show 2015 and although the design changes appear to be minimal, they nonetheless improve on the looks and styling of the mini car. Apart from getting a facelift, the Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 will also have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, at least for models in the US. For other countries, these features have yet to be confirmed.
In terms of looks, the Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 will drop the tiny slit in front and will replace it with a traditional grille with chrome trimmings. Also, the hood has been reshaped a bit. The taillights will now be LED although it looks almost the same with the lights off. The rear bumper is now more aerodynamic with the changes made by Mitsubishi. For the engine, the Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 still packs a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine.
The Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 will be available in 2016. Pricing and availability in the Philippines are not available at this point. The current Mirage starts at Php533,000 and it’s possible that the 2017 model will still be priced at this range.
Here are some photos of the Mitsubishi Mirage 2017.
Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 gets a facelift
Notice the reshaped hood of the Mitsubishi Mirage 2017
The taillights of the Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 are now LED
The interior of the Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 looks good
The new grille of the Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 from up close
Source: Digital Trends