The Mitsubishi Mirage has been spotted with minimal disguise in Malaysia recently and there are hints that it will be available in Malaysia soon. But do you think it is wise for Mitsubishi to bring this little car into our market? Yes, it might be a reliable (since it’s a Mitsubishi) and efficient city car, but there are few things which might make the Mirage unfavourable in Malaysia.
First up would be Mirage’s design. Other than the cute, compact exterior dimension, the styling looks like it came from the 90’s design rule book. The Mirage looks dated even before it is launched here. I doesn’t find the Mirage appealing to me, infact Proton Savvy looks much modern and youthful!
Other than that, Malaysia’s buyers doesn’t really appeal to small cars by non-national car manufacturers (except Hyundai i10). Take a look at Suzuki Alto, where the Mirage has a lot of similarities with the former. The Alto is small sized (cramp cabin), comes with basic equipment (most likely will be the same for the Mirage) and is selling at a neck-cutting price for what it is offering. People would consider our very own Perodua Myvi because it has better value-for-money, unless the Mirage is selling here under RM40k, which should be impossible thanks to national policies.
Mistsubishi Mirage should be fitted with a 1.2litre, three-cylinder MIVEC engine which produces 78PS at 6,000rpm and 100Nm at 4,000rpm. One of the main selling point of the Mirage is its fuel efficiency. It promises 22km/l of fuel consumption, which is pretty impressive for a petrol engined car. But other than that, we’ll just have to wait and see how Mitsubishi Mirage is packaged in Malaysia to make it more appealing to the market.
Written by Simon Har
ADDITIONAL POINT FROM TRAV
The Mitsubishi Mirage/Colt (the later is for the JDM versions) was originally designed as an economy car since the first generation was debut in the late 70st. I bet Malaysians will fondly remember the fifth generation, which in our shores, was bought and known as the Proton Satria. With curvy and sporty credentials, it was a success back here, more over for those looking for a affordable fast and fun sporty two door hatchback. Upgrades and modification are plenty, not to mention there were Mitsubishi half cuts from Japan which can be plugged into the Satria’s engine bay, ranging from the MIVEC to 4G93T. It was the ticket to many young petrol heads who looking for a fast and affordable car to play around with.
From the sporty boy racer friendly car…..
So to see this so called true
downgrade replacement of the fifth generation Colt is somehow makes me think it is hard to shallow. Picture say, if Nissan, after the R34 and the R35 GTR which were Godzillas in roads and favorite for street tuners, has somehow decided that the next generation of GTR will be a 2 door car based on the Teana/Cefiro. Or if Iron Man 3 to become a romance movie between Tony Stark and Captain America. That is my impression when seeing the new Mirage/Colt to be an economical soulless box.
Into this boring soulless car???
From 180km/h to 22 km/l. From 1.6 into 1.2 engine. From 0-100 in 10 seconds or less to maybe takes forever. From boy racer to slow granny awaiting death. For that, I allow Professor Farnsworth to say his magic words: