Report: Mitsubishi's Base Car Will Soon Be a Mirage in the United States

Unless your car shopping heavily relies on the budget part, you probably forgot about the Mitsubishi Mirage. It is one of the most affordable new vehicles on sale in the United States, and if a recent report turns out to be accurate, then it will be discontinued soon, with no direct replacement planned.
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The information relies on a report published earlier this week by AutoNews. The quoted outlet cited a Mitsubishi spokesperson as saying that the Mirage is a "vehicle we still see as having a role in our portfolio at this time." Mind you, that is hardly a confirmation that the subcompact car will soon face the chopping block, but the part that's worth paying attention to is "at this time."

This news is not exactly a surprise, as we saw it coming considering that the Mitsubishi Mirage was already dropped in its home market of Japan earlier this year. The model's demise was announced on the official website, with the automaker stating that they may not be "able to meet the customer's request for the body, color, options, etc," advising buyers to contact their sales staff "for details."

Back when we reported the death of the Mirage in the Land of the Rising Sun, a spokesperson told AutoBlog that it "remains an integral part of our US lineup," adding the same "at this time" at the end of the statement. Therefore, we already knew that the small model would eventually be dropped from the company's US family, too. As for the when part, your guess is as good as ours. Nonetheless, we think it will bite the dust before the end of the year.

The sixth-generation Mirage is eleven years old when it comes to the hatchback and ten when referring to the sedan. It is also known as the Dodge Attitude south of the US border, and it is called the Atrage, and Space Star in other markets. Production takes place in Thailand and the Philippines, and it is offered with a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT paired with one of two small gasoline engines available, depending on the market. In the United States, it comes with a 1.2-liter mill that churns out 76 hp (77 ps/57 kW) and 74 lb-ft (100 Nm) of torque, hooked up to the continuously variable transmission.

The lineup comprises the ES, LE, BE, SE, and Ralliart trim levels in the hatchback body style and all but the latter when it comes to the sedan. Pricing starts at $16,245 before destination, and if you want the four-door variant, then you will have to pay at least $17,245. The rivaling Nissan Versa has an MSRP of $15,980 and features a 122-horsepower 1.6-liter engine.
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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