The MitsubishiMirage as we know it today has only been around since 2012, but actually, the Mirage has been around since 1978. It stuck around for 25 years as a subcompact hatchback and sedan before it was phased out in 2003 and replaced with the Mitsubishi Colt.
The 1978 Mirage hatchback was a front-wheel drive three-door, with a five-door model released later in the year. The original Mirage was considered Mitsubishi’s entry-level car. The original Mirage debuted many Mitsubishi innovations, including the Super Shift transmission.
In 1982, Mitsubishi gave the Mirage a facelift with headlights that sat more flush with the car, a new grille insert, and a lighter, more rigid transmission was developed. The first several generations of the Mirage were sold in Japan as the Mirage but in America as the Dodge Colt as well as in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.
1983 saw the second generation of the Mirage, which offered three-door hatchback and five-door hatchback models, with a four-door sedan version offered under the name Lancer Fiore. Later in the generation in 1986, Mitsubishi added a station wagon version with four-wheel drive.
The third generation started in 1987 and saw a more rounded look for the Mirage. From 1989 to 1992 the Mirage was known as the Mirage in the United States, into the very beginning of the fourth generation, which started in 1991. Again the Mirage was rounded out and became even more so when it hit its fifth generation in 1995.
The fifth generation lasted for eight years until the Mirage name was phased out in 2003 and was replaced by the Colt. The Colt, subsequently, lasted until 2012, and the Mirage was reintroduced as a subcompact hatchback. Four years later, in 2016, Mitsubishi introduced the Mirage G4, a sedan version of the Mirage.
The Mirage has a long history dating back to the mid-1900s, and it will continue to grow as a favorite in the subcompact market. Find out more about the Mirage today at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.