LOS ANGELES – The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage debuted today at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show with a new exterior design that is decidedly less primitive than the current car. The 2017 Mirage also gets slightly more power, new interior materials and some surprising tech for such an inexpensive car.
For 2017, the entire front of the Mirage has changed. The hood and grille are new. So are the headlights, foglights and wheels. It’s a radical design change for a midcycle refresh and it does wonders for the Mirage. Formerly looking like a droopy leftover at a Serbian airport rental counter, the new Mirage looks like something you’d see rolling around any college campus in the U.S.
Like the Mirage before it, this refreshed Mitsubishi features a 1.2-liter three-cylinder, but in this application it’s tuned to deliver 78 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque. To cope with the increase in power, Mitsubishi has added larger brakes front and rear.
Mitsubishi says it also upgraded the brake pads all around and optimized the suspension for better performance. The 2014 Mirage we last tested (with 74 hp) hit 60 mph in 11.7 seconds and stopped from 60 in 121 feet.
The 2017 Mirage will be available in three trims: ES, SE and GT. The ES and SE come with a five-speed manual transmission standard, while the GT features the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is optional on the other trims. The GT also comes standard with 15 inch wheels, gloss-black shift panel, bi-xenon HID headlights and a GT badge.
Also new for 2017 is a refreshed interior with upgraded seat fabrics, gauges, steering wheel and an available infotainment system armed with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Pricing wasn’t announced, but we can’t imagine this new Mirage will stray too far from the current car’s $14,655 base price.
Edmunds says: Though these improvements are substantial, they don’t address the serious issues with the Mirage that caused us to give it a “D” rating.