The subcompact car segment shrinks further for 2021 with the loss of vehicles such as the Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, and Toyota Yaris. One model that’s not going anywhere, though, is the tiny Mitsubishi Mirage, which enters 2021 with a number of upgrades.
Once again sold in hatchback and sedan forms (the latter of which dons the G4 mark), the 2021 Mirage welcomes a fresh face that incorporates the latest Mitsubishi styling cues. While the Japanese automaker’s United States arm is mum on details about the updated car, Mitsubishi’s Canadian division notes the reworked Mirage includes items such as LED headlamps and taillamps (likely restricted to higher-end models), a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility (0.5 inch larger than the current Mirage’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto–compatible unit), and additional safety kit, including newly available features such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a lane-departure warning system, and automatic high-beam headlamps. Expect these items to carry over to the U.S.-spec 2021 Mirage hatch and Mirage G4 sedan.
Alas, it appears as though the Mirage’s wheezy 78-hp 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine remains as the model’s sole source of motivation. Look for the unit to once again pair with either a five-speed manual gearbox or an optional continuously variable transmission.
Mitsubishi notes the 2021 Mirage goes on sale on our shores in early 2021. Expect pricing to rise slightly from today’s model, which starts at $14,990 for the hatch and $15,990 for the G4 sedan. Still, the Mitsus ought to remain among the cheapest new cars you can buy.
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