Mitsubishi might resurrect one of its most storied nameplates.
The Mirage is the exception in Mitsubishi's SUV and crossover offensive. The pint-sized city car will return for at least one additional generation, and a recent report sheds insight into what we can expect from it.
British magazine Auto Express learned the Mirage (pictured) will morph into a Ford Fiesta-fighting model, which suggests it will grow in every dimension. Mitsubishi recently joined the Renault-Nissan group, so it is able to borrow the platform that will underpin the next-generation Clio scheduled to make its debut next year.
"Designing and building a bespoke platform is expensive, and the margins in the small car sector are smaller. So are we looking to use Renault and Nissan platforms in that segment? The answer is yes," affirmed Vincent Cobee, Mitsubishi's corporate vice-president and product planning head, in an interview with Auto Express.
Power will come from Renault's turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine, a unit also found in the smart fortwo and the Twingo, among numerous other models. Mitsubishi has previously hinted it wants to introduce an all-electric variant of the next-gen Mirage, too.
The magazine adds Mitsubishi might retire the Mirage name to signal the car's new positioning. Nothing is official yet, but the Colt nameplate used on over a dozen models between 1962 and 2012 could make a comeback.