Mitsubishi revealed refreshed versions of its RVR and Mirage with little fanfare today at the Los Angeles auto show.
One of the brand’s strongest sellers, the RVR subcompact crossover gains the brand’s new ‘dynamic shield’ front end treatment, first seen on the Outlander that went on sale earlier this year; it’s better integrated here than on the larger Outlander, and gives the little RVR a more distinctive face–a good thing in a crowded segment. New available features include power-folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals, wheel lip mouldings, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a new 18-inch wheel design. Inside, there’s a new steering wheel, and a 6.1-inch display audio system. The 2016 RVR will carry a starting MSRP of $19,998 when it goes on sale next February.
Mitsu’s other “new” model is the 2017 Mirage, an update on a car that skipped 2016 while the manufacturer stretched the 2015 model year to ready this update. Mechanical changes are not extensive, but promise an improved drive: Mitsu says it has stiffened the front suspension and “optimized” shock tuning to improve handling and ride quality, and bigger brakes with upgraded brake pads should improve stopping power. What’s not new is the car’s three-cylinder engine; Mitsu’s doesn’t say anything about having added sound insulation, so we expect the same, well, enthusiastic engine note we know from the outgoing car.
New styling brings some much-needed character to the Mirage’s look (especially up front), with a new hood, grille, bumpers, head- and taillights, rear spoiler, and wheels. Inside, there are new seat fabrics, gauge cluster, steering wheel, and shifter bezel; in addition, the Mirage becomes the first Mitsu model made available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration–a smart move, in our view, given the young buyers at whom this car is aimed.
Pricing will be announced closer to the car’s Spring 2016 arrival in Mitsu’s Canadian dealerships.