Mitsubishi has officially ended the production of the Mirage hatchback in Japan. Mitsubishi’s Japanese website shows the following message in red text (translated): “Due to the end of Mirage production, body colors, options, etc. may not meet your request. Please contact our sales staff for details.”
The demise of Mirage in its home market has made its future for the export markets quite uncertain. The Mirage also has its sedan sibling called the Attrage that’s technically the same car but with a boot, and it’s also likely to be axed alongside the hatchback.
The current 6th generation model entered production in April 2012 as a hatchback and in June 2013 as a sedan so it’s fairly old in terms of age. During these years Mitsubishi introduced multiple facelifts to make it look fresh & up to date. However now being a decade old, the Japanese automaker thinks it’s no longer viable to keep dragging the Mirage.
Other than Japan the Mirage is Mitsubishi’s key offering in markets such as ASEAN, Europe, and even North America. However, it’s not yet known whether Mitsubishi will launch a new generation model or will replace it with a totally different car. Though no test mule has been spotted yet. With the ever-increasing craze for crossovers and electrified small cars, it’s too tough for a decade-old car with a conventional engine to survive the competition today, Let’s wait and see what Mitsubishi has in plans.
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