Will America see the 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage?

Mitsubishi used to be the Mac-Daddy of small cars. Can this cute little 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage bring them back?

The all-new 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage has a tiny 67 horsepower, 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine that gets up to 67 mpg. Will America see the 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage? It’s hard to say. The Thailand-built Mirage will be available in Japan at the end of August 2012.

Being that there is a continuously variable transmission (CVT), energy recovering braking and a start/stop system connected to the 1-liter – don’t expect high performance. What you get is a vehicle that will transport up to five people from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ as efficiently as possible.

I think it’s cute the same way the Toyota Prius C is kind of cute. It looks like a cross between a Toyota Yaris, Mazda2 and a jellybean. The interior is simple, but it looks a hell of a lot better than the painfully cheap Lancer.

Looks like it’s ready to hold my large American booty. The 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage interior looks pretty good for its price bracket.

Mitsubishi used to be a real player in the United States. Now, they are on the verge of going the way of Isuzu, Daihatsu and Daewoo. That’s a shame, I used to consider Mitsubishi one of the most innovative and unique automakers around. Now, they rely on only a few vehicles in their North American fleet which (other than the EVO) are on the bottom of every comparison they participate in.

Don’t get me wrong; Mitsubishi can still build a quality vehicle – but the pickings are getting slim.

According to Mitsubishi, they have yet to decide if they are going to bring the 2013 Mirage to the U.S. If they do, it’s a pretty good bet the Mirage will have a base price around $13,000. That puts it directly against the Chevrolet Spark, Nissan Versa and even the FIAT 500.

Sad to say, but this might be the best looking Mitsubishi interior seen this year.

Here’s the thing: if Mitsubishi manages to bring the Mirage to the United States, they will need to expand the appeal and performance of the 2013 Mirage. I guarantee the CVT will prohibit any performance hopeful’s idea of fun. If they add a five or six-speed manual, they should entice youngsters who dig on stirring their own coffee.

The 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage has a cute, nearly spankable rear end.

There is an unsubstantiated rumor via fan-boys and power hopefuls that Mitsubishi is working on a 1.5-liter, turbocharged three-cylinder engine for the Mirage that will make it into a baby EVO. Supposedly, it will produce up to 150 hp and have a DSG or six-speed manual transmission. One source swears that it will be all-wheel drive with a fully electrified rear end with its own, separate electric motor.

Sure, and the Easter Bunny’s a cosmonaut.

The only thing we know at The Fast Lane Car is that the 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage would be a nice addition to Mitsubishi’s North American lineup. Look, they can’t do much worse than the base model Lancer – right?

Check out Roman and I as we play with a 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer!