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The New Mitsubishi Mirage Will Be Based Off the Nissan Juke

Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi Mirage Nissan Juke

Psych! The new Mitsubishi Mirage will actually not be modeled after the Renault Clio or on the Renault Clio platform. That’s why you should never listen to a rumor, kids. The interesting M.R.G. concept based off of the Renault Clio looked good, but now that we know that the Clio claim was a rumor, we can imagine the next Mirage will actually look pretty different when compared to the M.R.G. concept. It makes more sense after all – the Mirage is a hatchback, and the Clio is a supermini car. So instead of taking some parts from Renault, Mitsubishi Motors will be taking a platform from another vehicle in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance – the Nissan Juke.

This news comes straight from the Japan-based automotive media agency, Response. The Nissan Juke is sort of somewhere between the Mitsubishi Mirage and the Renault Clio. In all honesty, the Clio actually looks like an elongated version of the Mirage hatchback, but a longer platform would mean a whole new redesign of the vehicle. We don’t think that’s a good idea after what happened to the Re-Model A PHEV. We rather not remember that fiasco…

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Mitsubishi Has a New Mirage Concept

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Mirage Concept

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.

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Mirage Concept + Hyaku

 

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.

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Is Mitsubishi Motors Considering a Minivan?

Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi Minivan

While perusing the latest additions to the Mitsubishi Motors lineup, we noticed the automaker is sticking to large vehicles, but they’re completely avoiding the cousin of SUVs and crossovers – the minivan class segment. Isn’t it just as good as any other? The auto market is pressing for variety in SUVs and crossovers, but the likes of the Dodge Grand Caravan and Kia Sedona are all minivans that still crunch numbers throughout the year. We did a little digging, and it turns out Mitsubishi did have a pretty amazing minivan at one time – North America just never got a chance to drive it.

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Back in 1992, Mitsubishi Motors had a minivan known as the Mitsubishi Expo LRV, and was known as the perfect wagon for families. Smaller than the Chrysler Pacifica, the minivan resembled early crossovers and was the perfect combination of passenger space (seven seating capacity), low power (113 horsepower engine), handling (four-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drivetrain), and convenience (portable compact disc player compatible cassette deck). For the 90’s, this was one sick minivan. Shame we never got it on American shores.

Mitsubishi may not have any interest in minivans, but they do tend to make crossovers that lean towards family and passenger vehicles. Just look at the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Being a crossover, the Eclipse Cross only sits up to five passengers, but is powered by a turbocharged 152hp 1.5-liter engine paired to an eight-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a Sport Mode, and has all trims but the base riding on Mitsubishi Motors’ Super-All Wheel Control drivetrain system. For convenience, all trims come with a 7-inch touchscreen with Digital HD Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, and steering wheel mounted controls as the standard. The only thing missing is a smartphone compatible system – standard on all trims past the base trim (ES). Sounds like a family passenger vehicle to us.

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