Mitsubishi micro Mirage hatch: better, bolder for 2016

2016 Mitsubishi Mirage Australia’s most affordable 5-star ANCAP safety-rated car – the award-winning Mirage hatch – has received a boost for 2016 with fresh exterior looks, upgraded interior and better on-road dynamics.

The Mirage’s sleek new looks include a new front grille with chrome accents, redesigned bonnet, front and rear bumper and wheel design.

Inside, a new high-grade seating trim and cushioned rear seats improve passenger comfort and piano black and chrome accents enhance the cabin’s touch points.

Mirage’s on-road performance benefits from more intuitive steering response, better balanced handling and increased ride comfort, thanks to an extensive rework of suspension tune and electric power steering calibration.

The 2016 Mirage now offers even lower running costs with Capped Price Servicing reduced by $270 over the four-year servicing period. Combined with class-leading fuel economy* of 4.6L/100km^, the Mirage remains one of Australia’s cheapest cars to own and operate.

Mitsubishi Motors Executive Director of Marketing Tony Principe said Mitsubishi‘s 2016 update improves on Mirage’s award-winning formula with bold new looks, higher quality interior finishes and on-road performance that encourages more confident driving.

“Mirage is already packed with great standard features, so for 2016 we’ve made meaningful improvements to Mirage’s Capped Price Servicing costs, dynamic performance and visual appeal, while preserving Mirage’s attractive price point, which we know is critical to value-conscious micro car shoppers,” he said.

2016 Mitsubishi Mirage

“Mirage is still the most affordable car in Australia with five star ANCAP safety, and it’s this combined with Mirage’s low running costs, great packaging and class-leading fuel economy that has made it one of the top picks in the micro segment since 2013.”

“Easy to drive and easy to live with, the Mirage offers an unbeatable mix of style, practicality and value.”

Leading the field at the recent 2015 Australia Best Car awards, the Mirage hatch ES was named the ‘Best Micro Car’ for the second year in a row, with judges praising the Mirage for its class-leading fuel consumption, road manners, low running and repair costs and new car warranty.

Exterior

Exterior styling updates include a new grille and front bumper with chrome accents, redesigned front bonnet and rear bumper and a new two-tone alloy wheel design for the LS model and new steel wheel covers for the ES.

Two new premium paint colours will be introduced on the 2016 model year range; Wine Red and Sunrise Orange.

2016 Mitsubishi Mirage

Interior

Inside, a new high-grade black seat trim will be available on both models, complementing the all-black interior colour scheme. Passenger comfort has also been improved on the rear seats with new cushion stitching.

A new chrome accent has been added to the audio panel, complementing the existing chrome touches around the cabin. On the LS model, piano black accents are added to the gear shift panel and around power window switch panels in the front and back.

The LS model also gains a new high-contrast meter with white back lighting, an outside air temperature reading and illuminated gear shift panel while the ES model features a new design three dial air-conditioning control.

The passenger side sun visor also gains a vanity mirror, lid and ticket holder.

On-road

The 2016 model year is upgraded with a number of technical improvements to enhance the driving characteristics of a city car.

A new electric power assisted steering system has been tuned for improved steering response, easy parking manoeuvres and relaxed highway driving

The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), available in both models, has been recalibrated to deliver improved rolling acceleration when on the move.

Vehicle dynamics have been enhanced with an extensive spring and damper tune for reduced body roll and stable handling. New front suspension top mounts also improve ride comfort and reduce road noise.

Safety

The 2016 Mirage offers a comprehensive five-star safety package including six SRS airbags, Active Stability Control (ASC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Emergency Brakeforce Distribution (ABD) and an Emergency Stop Signal function (ESS).

Hill Start Assist will now be standard on the manual ES model.

Servicing and Warranty

The 2016 Mirage delivers a strong peace of mind with a full five-year/100,000 kilometre New Car Warranty, four-year Capped Pricing Servicing and five-year Roadside Assist.

The Mirage’s Capped Price Servicing has been reduced by $270 over the four-year servicing period. Service intervals are 15,000km or 12 months, whichever comes first.

The 2016 Mirage Capped Price Service schedule:

15,000km (12 months)        $200 RRP
30,000km (24 months)        $230 RRP
45,000km (36 months)        $230 RRP
60,000km (48 months)        $230 RRP

2016 Mitsubishi Mirage

16MY Mirage hatch key features

ES standard features:

  • Revised front grille with chrome accent, front and rear bumper and bonnet – new
  • New high-grade seat material and design – new
  • New design 14-inch steel wheel cover – new
  • New manual 3-dial air-conditioning design – new
  • Chrome accent on audio panel – new
  • Passenger sun visor with mirror, lid and ticket holder – new
  • Hill Start Assist – new to MT model
  • 1.2L DOHC MIVEC petrol engine
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with INVECS III Smart Logic (optional)
  • Electric power steering
  • Active Stability Control
  • Anti-lock Braking System
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Emergency Brake Assist System
  • Emergency Stop Signal
  • Driver and passenger front airbags
  • Side and curtain airbags
  • Bluetooth® phone connectivity with audio streaming and voice control
  • Steering wheel with audio and phone controls
  • AM/FM CD player with USB and auxiliary input
  • Air conditioning with pollen filter
  • Power windows with driver side auto up and down
  • Body colour door handles and mirrors
  • Driver’s seat with slide, recline and height adjustment
  • Two ISOFIX rear seat child restraints
  • Child proof rear door locks

 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage

LS changes over ES:

  • Piano black accent on gear shift – new
  • Piano black accent around window switches – new
  • Chrome accent on climate control – new
  • Illuminated gear shift – new
  • High contrast meter – new
  • New 15-inch two-tone alloy wheel design with chrome surround – new
  • Outside air temperature – new
  • Cruise control
  • Privacy glass
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • Leather bound gearshift
  • Chrome and silver interior accents
  • Front fog lamps
  • 4 speakers

Exterior colour range

Sunrise Orange* (new)
Wine Red* (new)
Cyber Blue*
Red Planet*
Black*
White

*Premium Paint $550

Product Line-Up

Price class Trans RRP
ES 5MT $12,250
ES CVT $14,250
LS CVT $15,250

*JATO Micro segment <$15k
^ADR 81/02 ES model

2016 Mitsubishi Mirage

Mirage Sedan

The 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage sedan offers improved on-road performance and minor interior updates for the compact city car.

Mirage sedan vehicle dynamics have been enhanced with a comprehensive spring and damper tune for reduced body roll, stable handling and a more comfortable on-road performance.

The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), available in both models, has also been modified to improve rolling acceleration.

A new electric power assisted steering system has been tuned for improved control at lower speeds.

2016 Mitsubishi Mirage

Hill Start Assist will now be standard on all models and cruise control has been added to the LS model.

Inside, the base model ES receives a three-dial air conditioning control and the LS model gains a high meter cluster with outside air temperature reading.

The LS model also features a new three-spoke leather steering wheel and piano black trim on the power window switch panel and gear shift panel.

2016 Mitsubishi Mirage

16MY Mirage sedan key new features

ES standard features:

  • New manual 3-dial air-conditioning
  • Hill Start Assist – new to MT model

LS changes over ES:

  • Cruise control
  • High contrast meter
  • Outside air temperature
  • Three spoke leather steering wheel
  • Piano black accent on gear shift
  • Piano black accent around window switches

Exterior colour range

Wine Red* (new)
Cyber Blue*
Cool Silver*
White

*Premium Paint $550

Product Line-Up

Price class Trans RRP
ES 5MT $14,500
ES CVT $16,500
LS CVT $17,500

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