Mitsubishi Mirage (CE)
|Available in Australia||June 1996 - 2003|
|Assembled/Built||Okazaki, Aichi, Japan|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style(s)||3 door hatchback|
|Related||Mitsubishi Lancer CE|
|Engine(s)||1.5L 12-valve SOHC Orion|
|Transmission(s)||5 speed manual, 4 speed automatic|
|Kerb weight||935 Kg (2003 manual), 955 Kg (2003 auto)|
The Mitsubishi Mirage was a small 3 door hatchback available in Australia from June 1996 until 2003 when it was replaced by the Mitsubishi Colt. It is designated as the CE Mirage. The Mirage is the sixth generation in the Mitsubishi Colt line, which dates back to 1962.
All Australian Mirages use the 12-valve SOHC version of the 1.5 Litre Orion (4G15) engine with either F5M41 5 speed manual or F4A41 4 speed automatic transmission. Power is 69 kW at 5000 rpm and torque is 126 Nm at 3000 rpm. Fuel consumption is listed as 5.7L/100Km for the manual and 6.1L/100Km for automatic. All have front disc brakes with rear drum.
The first of the Mirages to be sold in Australia were relatively basic little cars, with non-coloured bumpers, steel wheels with centre caps, 2 speaker cassette stereo system and engine immobiliser. It was available in a single variant although a "Power Pack" was available as an option which gave the vehicle power steering, body coloured front and rear bumper bars and tailgate wiper washers. Air conditioning, automatic transmission, dual-front airbags and power steering were also available as separate options. It can be distinguished from other model Mirages by its small open grille.
The MY99 Mirage was released in August 1998. Equipment levels were slightly increased, with a 4 speaker CD player and remote central locking being added to the standard equipment list.
The MY00 Mirage was released on the Australian market in August 1999. The MY00 inroduced slight changes to styling with body coloured bumpers used, a larger grille with horizontal bar, modified front bumper, steel wheels with plastic wheel covers and large Mirage badging across the rear tailgate.
The MY00 continued the same equipment list on the basic Mirage while adding a sporty VR-X trim level with body kit, white-faced instrument dials, 14" alloy wheels and power windows.
The MY02 was the final update of the Mirage before it was replaced by the Colt. It was released in October 2001. Styling changes were minimal with a silver mesh grille in place of the previous horizontal bar grille. The VR-X was dropped from the range, returning to a single variant.
Driver's side airbag and power steering were added to the standard equipment list, with passenger airbag and airconditioning remaining optional.