Mirage Lands in Edmonton

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Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada said its all-new hatchback would be called the Mitsubishi Mirage at the Edmonton Motor Show this week.

The automaker also confirmed the anticipated combined 4.9 L/100 km fuel economy for the three-cylinder, five-door car.

“It's official: Canada's newest subcompact is the Mitsubishi Mirage,” said Tony Laframboise, V-P of sales and marketing, noting the Mirage nameplate exists in other markets and is returning to North America.

Rated at 4.4 L/100 km in highway driving, the company says said the Mirage will be Canada's most fuel efficient, gasoline-powered subcompact when it goes on sale this fall.

“Mirage will lead in fuel economy, offer tremendous value for money and include a suite of safety features in a youthful, fun-to-drive small car with a starting price below $13,000,” he added.

Mirage's combined city/highway fuel economy will be 4.9 L/100 km and, 5.3 L/100 km (city) for CVT-equipped models.

The entry-level Mirage SE with five-speed, manual transmission is rated at 5.3 L/100 km in combined driving, 4.6 L/100 km highway and 5.9 L/100 km in city driving.

Displayed in expressive green metallic paint, the five-passenger Mirage was officially named by Laframboise and Canada's top-selling Mitsubishi dealer, Kevin Robertson, of Edmonton's Southside Mitsubishi, during a media presentation.

Based on the 'Global Small' concept car, the 1.2-L, three-cylinder Mirage will be the fifth model in Mitsubishi's Canadian line-up. When it arrives at MMSCAN's 84 dealerships this fall, it will follow the 2014 Outlander as the second of two major new-model launches this year.

Preliminary Mirage specifications are: Length, 3,780 mm; width, 1665 mm; height, 1500 mm; wheelbase, 2450 mm; wheels/tires, 165/65R14; output, 74 hp at 6,000 rpm and 74 ft. lbs. torque at 4,000 rpm.

Mirage is backed by a 10 year or 160,000 km limited powertrain warranty.