► Juro is Mitsubishi Mirage’s new name
► Facelifted styling, more equipment
► Revised suspension, interior materials
As CAR originally reported in March, Mitsubishi has given its Mirage city car a thorough overhaul for 2016, with revised styling, interior and suspension settings. It’s also given it a new name: the Mitsubishi Mirage Juro.
CAR was a little underwhelmed by the original Mirage at its launch in 2013 – does the new Juro version mark a significant change in any more than name only?
Read CAR’s review of the original 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage here.
A styling makeover front and rear, and more equipment: heated seats, cruise control, electric mirrors and DAB radio. There’s also improved sound deadening for a quieter time on the motorway, and more soft-touch materials inside to make the cabin feel a little more cheerful.
The suspension settings have been revised, too. The original Mirage was designed as a global car, to cope with rough, predominantly urban roads in various markets across the world. The Juro’s spring and damper rates have been tweaked to reduce body roll, and the power steering’s also been recalibrated.
A 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine remains under the bonnet, with a choice of manual and CVT auto gearboxes. As before, the Mirage’s main trump card is its low, tax-friendly CO2 rating, courtesy of a low drag coefficient and light kerb weight. Manual versions emit 100g/km and the auto version 99g/km.
Away from Europe, Mitsubishi Japan is currently embroiled in an economy testing scandal.
The new Mirage Juro starts from £11,499 in the UK.