In Japan, even the larger engines Mirage where it goes without fuel-saving idle-stop technology and aerodynamic enhancements, results in a higher Japanese fuel consumption figure of 4.3 L/100 km, but even that is frugal.
Our Mitsu Mirage.
Mirages fitted with idle-stop are claimed to be the most economical non-hybrid petrol cars available in Japan and qualify for the Japanese government’s “eco-car” tax breaks, as it does in Thailand.
Japanese market Mirages use a 1.0 liter three-cylinder petrol engine producing 51 kW of power at 6000 rpm and 86 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm, and are sold exclusively with an automatic continuously-variable transmission (CVT).
The variant here has the 1.2 liter three-cylinder producing 57 kW at 6000 rpm and 100 Nm at 4000 rpm, with CVT.
The good fuel consumption figures reflect the weight of less than 900 kg and claimed drag coefficient of 0.27.
The Mirage has been a sales success and more than 33,000 orders have been taken since the books opened on March 28 this year.
In Japan, more than 5000 Mirages have already pre-ordered since June 26 and Mitsubishi has set a sales target of 30,000 units for its domestic market by the end of its fiscal year ending on March 31 next year.