Mitsubishi is causing quite a stir at its home motor show, with some of the most interesting unveils of the week.
First up it's the Mitsubishi Mirage, a new low-CO2 supermini which is likely to be badged Colt when it reaches the UK at the end of next year. The Thai-built Mirage will emit just 95g/km of CO2 in its most frugal form, translating to an impressive 70mpg.
That’s partly achieved by slashing weight to under 900kg, while slippery aerodynamics and stop-start technology also play their part.
Under the bonnet of the new five-door is a new one-litre, three-cylinder engine mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. There’s the choice of a 1.2-litre engine too.
According to Mitsubishi, the aim of its engineers was to make the new supermini easy to drive. That’s helped by good forward vision thanks to slim A-pillars, as well as a more visible bonnet to help judge parking dimensions.
The light weight was achieved by use of high-tensile steel allowing thinner metal to be used in areas not requiring so much protection.
The new design language was explained to Auto Express by the firm’s general design manager, Hiroaki Ohtsuka. “The Colt has the jet fighter grille, but here we are shifting to something more acceptable to entry-level buyers. The design is focusing on the simple, clean and aerodynamic,” he said.
The other big launch from the Japanese manufacturer is the plug-in hybrid PX-MiEV II SUV which uses technology developed in the i-MiEV. It claims an electric-only range of around 30 miles, as well as a total cruising range of around 500 miles and fuel economy of nearly 150mpg.
A source revealed that the plug-in technology previewed in the PX-MiEV II, could go on sale in the ASX as early as next year.