It’s happening people, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance might finally pay off. We’ve been waiting for almost two years to see something come out of it, a vehicle or at least a concept, and prayers have been answered. Due to a little rumor that the next Mitsubishi Mirage may be built on the Renault Clio platform, it was enough to inspire Mitsubishi designer Gábor Farkas, the same guy who also designed the Mitsubishi Centennial Hyaku concept, to render the next-generation Mitsubishi Mirage in 3D. In fact, if we put them side-by-side they almost look like twins, aside from the original Hyaku design leaning towards a coupe – not a well-known Mitsubishi car body-type. Check it out.
Farkas dubbed the 3D render of the new Mirage the “Concept M.R.G.” We’re assuming he wasn’t hired for his secrecy, because that acronym isn’t a very hard code to crack. Either way, the design is taking a lot of inspiration from Mitsubishi vehicles new and old. There’s the front fascia that pays attention to the iconic dynamic shield that wraps around the shark-nose grille, but new aesthetic changes have also taken place to make the Mitsubishi Mirage stand out.
For a little more of an aggressive tone, two-slat grille and slim headlights make the hatchback look mean but elegant. We’ve also noticed some styling cues taken from the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with a rear LED strip and the layout of the interior cabin. It would be interesting to see Mitsubishi Motors shrink the Eclipse Cross back down into a hatchback or even to the sports car it once was. Anything can happen now that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is picking up speed.
Before talking about the cabin of the Concept M.R.G. though, we’d like to touch on that rumor about the Clio platform. The Renault Clio is a supermini car with no hybrid or mild-hybrid functionalities or technology. Mitsubishi Motors has claimed the hybrid SUVs and electric vehicles will be their main focus going forward, so a longer version of the Mitsubishi Mirage on a platform not known for alternative fuel sounds like just that – a rumor. However, because there has been no mention of the powertrain, and the 3D rendered concept seems to be sporting 16- or 17-inch rims in contrast to the current Mitsubishi Mirage 14-inch rims, the Renault Clio platform isn’t that much of a stretch for a next-generation Mitsubishi Mirage.
What 3D render would be incomplete without an interior? Looks a lot like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, right down to the touchpad to control the infotainment system on a digital display. Being that the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the first Mitsubishi Motors vehicle to get the fabled Mitsubishi Connect system, we’re hoping if a next-generation Mitsubishi Mirage does come out, by the time it debuts, Mitsubishi will have done more with their infotainment system aside from two apps and a remote services system, nothing new in the auto industry.
We’ll keep our ears to the ground and wait to see what happens. What do you think of the concept? Let us know on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.
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