While Mitsubishi is committed to expanding their SUV and crossover range, the Japanese automaker is not turning its back on the Mirage. With Mitsubishi now under the Renault-Nissan Alliance, it has been reported that the next-generation Mirage will be based on a Renault product.
Mitsubishi’s corporate vice-president and product planning head Vincent Cobee told reporters that they are looking to use Renault (and Nissan) platforms for the small hatchback category. If so, the car the next-gen Mirage will be based on is the Renault Clio. The Clio is Renault's entry into the B-segment hatch class and, if Mitsubishi will use the platform, the Mirage hatch will move up one size class.
With Mitsubishi under their wing, the Renault-Nissan Alliance will go for a three-pronged approach for the B-segment. At the same time, Mitsubishi UK chief Lance Bradley has confirmed that the all-new Mirage can be specified as fully-electric vehicle with gas models to complement it. That said, the French hatchback is also likely to spawn a Nissan counterpart, possibly the next-generation Note.
As for engines, the report said that these too may also be shared with Renault and Nissan. One of the likely candidates is the Renault TCe 90, a turbocharged, three-cylinder motor with a displacement of 899cc. In the current Clio, it produces 90 PS and 135 Nm of torque. Another possible engine to be fitted to the future Mirage is a three-cylinder, 1.2-liter unit which both Renault and Nissan use for their small cars.