Next-Gen Mitsubishi Mirage To Morph Into A Nissan Juke-Based Crossover

Despite the increasing demand in crossovers and SUVs, Mitsubishi continues to sell the Mirage (aka Space Star) city car in global markets.

In production since 2012, it’s expected to be replaced next year by an entirely new model, Japan’s Response reports. Only its successor will supposedly grow in size and become a subcompact crossover.

Slotting under the Eclipse Cross, the next Mirage (if it indeed retains the same moniker) will rival vehicles such as the Hyundai Kona and Peugeot 2008. Inevitably, it will become a challenger to the likes of the second-gen Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, with which it will share the same platform and probably most technologies.

Power wise, the subcompact crossover is said to benefit from a small turbocharged 0.9-liter petrol engine,which should produce 95PS (94hp / 74kW). Mitsubishi isn’t apparently ready to ditch oil burners, thus, the next Mirage might gain a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel, too.

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The powertrain family will very likely grow, and with the vehicle remaining on sale for a good chunk of the next decade, it will allegedly be offered with an electric powertrain as well, although the publication doesn’t give any details about it.

The Japanese website doesn’t say when the next Nissan Juke will arrive either, but reports have been talking about an entirely new one for a few years now. The thing is it hasn’t happened yet, and the crossover remains on sale in most markets outside North America, with the same funky styling and aging interior amenities.

Mitsubishi will reportedly go a step beyond transforming the Mirage into a crossover, as they’re apparently interested in a sporty supermini, too, to go after the Suzuki Swift, though it’s doubtful if it’ll make it to the U.S. market.

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Renderings via Jin Whan Yang on Behance

  • Mr. EP9

    Yawn.

    • Bo Hanan

      I rented an Endeavor Sport on a work trip last week and was so disappointed with the CVT-Trans. And the door sounded like a tin can when I closed it.
      How did they fall so far away from their glory days?

  • Dude

    I guess since they have the Versa (and the Mirage is way worse than it) there’s no point in making it a bargain basement car

  • Shane

    I like my current Mirage. I don’t care if I total it because it’s one of the cheapest and worst vehicles made and also it gets gas mileage like my Harley. The perfect mid day vehicle for a Houston Summer.

    • charlotteharry57

      Only problem is if you total it, you’re likely dead.

      • Shane

        Thankfully with all the massive trucks in Texas it will be a quick one.

        • KSegg

          You’re a brave and courageous soul, Shane.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Post is a lie, the link of the article said nothing about it being a crossover based, it said sharing the same platform, doesn’t necessarily mean that. Besides, they already have a subcompact crossover with the Outlander Sport/ASX.

  • Six_Tymes

    These renders are Fantastic! Produce this to look very close to these renders, and Mitsu will have a return of the glory days in sales like it did in the late 80’s and 90’s.

    • Mike anonymous

      Well I WAS excited for Mitsubishi to really go for it, and bring a vehicle like this to life. But after seeing the evolution of the XR-PHEV Concept (as it got more and more production-like),. and after getting the end result, which was the new “Eclipse Cross”,. My expectations for Mitsubishi have really gone down hill.

      It would be nice, but I certainly wouldn’t expect it.

  • supermanuel

    The ASX is already a Juke sized Mitsubishi crossover.

  • nellydesign

    It will have 35″ wheels and a side scoop that terminates in the interior center console. Sweet.

  • Able

    That’s great that Mitsubishi are finally coming with new product, but where does this car leave the ASX – the Mirage SUV will be road-focused but the next ASX will be more off-road focused? The current model is reasonably off-road capable in AWD diesel form – don’t lose that USP, Mitsubishi.

  • Eythan Aldrich

    oh great, another one…..I’m still looking after the pajero and the outlander

  • Brent Morrison

    It will look like a shrunken Eclipse Cross

  • AladdinSane

    The current Mirage should be HEAVILY improved, but not eliminated. Another CUV? There are too many out there as it is. Mitsu will be lost in the crowd, and yes you’re right: bring back the Galant and what was the Eclipse…maybe consider adding AWD to the new Galant. The AWD Lancer was a good idea poorly promoted by Mitsu!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Mitsubishi is operating under a haze right now and this is the latest example.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    In short Mitsubishi to be another Ford by killing all sedans and have a full CUV / SUV lineup

  • Randy Terpstra

    Juke based? You meant Kicks based, right?

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