Mitsubishi Mirage

The Mitsubishi Mirage is a subcompact car produced by Mitsubishi Motors from 1978 to 2002. It was also sold as the Mitsubishi Colt and Lancer in many markets near and far. Mitsubishi first released the Mirage as a three-door front wheel drive hatchback in 1978, which was done as a response to the first fuel crisis of the time. It had a unique design with large windows and Mitsubishi's Supershift transmission. Later, a five-door model joined the lineup in 1979. This version of the Mirage was exported to the United States as the Dodge Colt and the Plymouth Champ from 1979 and received the highest EPA fuel economy rating that year. Perhaps Mitsubishi should be developing another such model for toady. Anyhow, Mitsubishi launched a new Colt in 1983, still including a three and five door hatchback model and a four-door sedan. Some export markets did also sell the four-door badged as the Mirage. Later again, a station wagon was added in 1985 and a four-wheel-drive wagon in 1986. By 1987, the third-generation Mirage was aesthetically unique. By this point, the basic model was a three-door with an upright tailgate. The top Mirages in Japan were called the Mirage Cyborg, and they featured a turbocharged 1600 cc engine developing 145 PS (107 kW). Farther down the timeline, a new Mirage was released in 1995 being called the 'CE' or 5th Generation chassis. The range this time included a two-door coupe that was still called the Mirage Asti in Japan, a three-door hatchback and a four-door sedan. All but the three-door models were called the Lancer in the export markets. Interestingly, a station wagon on the same platform was offered but it was never called a Mirage. In Japan it had Libero badges and it was usually considered part of the Lancer line, not that of the Mirage.