Revised hood grille bumpers part of Mirage redo

Revised hood, grille, bumpers part of Mirage redo.

Mitsubishi Mirage, Outlander Sport Get Design Updates, New Tech

Both vehicles get new faces and improved interior fabrics, while the Mirage sees a slight bump in horsepower and better handling.

Mitsubishi reveals midcycle updates to its best-selling U.S. models today at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show.

The Japanese automaker’s Mirage B-car and Outlander Sport small CUV get new exterior and interior looks, while adding more technology and creature comforts.

The subcompact hatchback, which has exceeded Mitsubishi’s own internal sales expectations, gets a thorough workover for ’17, with a revised hood, grille, front and rear bumpers, rear spoiler and new-look wheels.

Styling changes also improve aerodynamics, with Mitsubishi now quoting a 0.27 coefficient of drag vs. 0.28 with the ’16 model.

Interior updates to the ’17 model, which goes on sale in spring 2016 in the U.S., include new seat fabric and a changed gauge cluster, steering wheel and shift panel.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing drivers and passengers to reproduce some smartphone apps on the car’s LCD screen, will be available as part of a new 300-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system.

Shock absorbers get a new spring rate and damping force to improve the subcompact’s handling; a stiffer front end improves both handling and stability, Mitsubishi says.

Front brake discs grow in size, as do rear drums, and the brake pad/shoe material is changed to improve stopping distance.

The Mirage retains its 1.2L 3-cyl. gasoline engine, but horsepower rises to 78 from 74 thanks to a new roller-type camshaft. Maximum torque remains 74 lb.-ft. (100 Nm).

“The improvements to the 2017 model year will expand the Mirage’s appeal even more,” Don Swearingen, executive vice president-Mitsubishi Motors North America, says in a statement.

Mirage sales were up 34.6% through October to 19,168, making it Mitsubishi’s No.2-seller in the U.S.

While that may seem like a small figure, especially in relation to the roughly 120,000 Nissan Versas delivered in the States this year, the Mirage has bested the automaker’s own internal goals.

“It’s selling really, really well, beyond expectations,” Bryan Arnett, senior manager-product strategy for MMNA told WardAuto in June.

Outlander Sport Hero.

The Outlander Sport is the brand’s No.1 U.S. seller, with 30,655 deliveries through October, and receives many of the same exterior and interior changes as the Mirage.

The Japanese automaker redesigns the CUV’s front fascia and grille for ’16, utilizing its concept design language dubbed Dynamic Shield.

The model also will get new power-folding side mirrors with LED turn indicators, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink technology, new wheel-lip moldings and 18-in. alloy wheels.

Three new exterior colors, cool silver, diamond white pearl and quartz brown, will be offered.

Inside the CUV is a redesigned steering wheel, a new 6.1-in. (15-cm) display audio screen and new seat fabrics. A light-gray interior option also is added.

Both the Mirage and Outlander Sport have seven standard airbags and the Mirage uses the automaker’s reinforced impact safety evolution (RISE) safety-cell body construction.

The Outlander Sport’s starting price holds steady from ’15 at $19,595.

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