Over the years Mitsubishi has been quietly innovative in terms of automotive engineering: our Shoguns and Evolutions set the benchmark in four-wheel drive technology, and we are recognised as bringing entirely new engine, drivetrain and transmission developments to the passenger car market.
We are known for finding clever ways to maximise space. We were the first manufacturer to introduce the layout now universally known as an MPV; we introduced the concept of tall cars with a small footprint; and a Mitsubishi was the very first double cab pick up truly suited to European roads, establishing a whole new niche market.
And now we’re leading the way in reducing CO2 emissions with a range of vehicles which can be truly lean and clean without need for compromise: the Outlander PHEV is more than just the world’s first SUV plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, it’s the first hybrid electric vehicle to offer a truly viable package, and more than 100,000 of them on the roads of Europe are testimony to its achievement.
The Mitsubishi Mirage may be small, but it’s intelligent motoring from a master. And since its raison d’être is as a car about town, it’s equipped with a whole host of fuel-saving technologies, including Auto Stop & Go, a high-efficiency alternator, low-friction tyres and the latest in CVT transmissions for those who prefer an automatic.
Specifically designed to be economical and eco-friendly, the Mirage’s eager 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine enables it to hustle along at a decent rate. Nothing extreme of course, that’s really not the aim, but when pushed through its paces the acceleration leaves a good many better known rivals in its dust. And it’s perfect for motorway cruising, with a top speed that puts plenty of others to shame.
Excellent all round visibility, a very tight turning circle and electric power steering combine to make easy work of manoeuvring. The brakes are responsive, the transmissions, both manual and CVT automatic, notably smooth, and the suspension, whilst geared primarily for comfort, is tidy enough to be entertaining.
Indeed, the sum of the package is a car which is both fun and frugal. Which is why, for so many owners, it ticks every single box.
It doesn’t matter whether you travel ten miles a week or ten times that number, safety is top of everyone’s list of priorities; it’s also a sphere in which the Mirage excels.
Active safety measures across the range include a body designed to see and be seen, with daytime running lights and clear visibility; a stability and traction control system to help prevent drift around bends and aid linear acceleration, and a particularly clever Anti-lock Braking System.
Should the unthinkable actually occur occupants are protected with front, side and curtain airbags, whilst a massively strong monocoque structure made from ultrahigh tensile steel absorbs and disperses crash energy from all directions. In fact, it’s like sitting in a steel safety cage.