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Mirage only for Canada?

Mitsubishi sub-compact is coming to Canada next year but U.S. availability is uncertain

Published: May 7, 2012, 5:00 PM

2013 Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi has confirmed that it will sell its new Mirage sub-compact in Canada, beginning early next year, although possibly with a different name.

The Mirage has been used previously in North America, prior to 2002 and before the company entered the Canadian market. It was dropped from Mitsubishi's global product line at that time, when a new model called the Colt, sharing a platform with Daimler's Smart, replaced it.

The new Mirage, which is built in Thailand, will compete in what is one of the fastest-growing market segments in Canada, against such competitors as the soon-to-be-released Chevrolet Spark, as well as the Kia Rio, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta and Scion iQ.

With a length of about 3.7 metres and a width about 1.6 metres it's a small car – smaller even than some of those competitors.

Mitsubishi describes the Mirage is a "global compact car" developed under a revolutionary concept that fulfils the both the needs of incredibly-growing emerging markets as an entry-level car and eco-conscious advanced markets with its superior environmental performance.

The Thai version of the Mirage is powered by either a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine, driving a continuously variable transmission (CVT). No word on whether that powertrain is the one we'll will get here.

The Mirage will first be sold in Thailand, followed by ASEAN countries, Japan, Europe and then other markets, such as ours.

While the car has been confirmed for Canada, its availability in the U.S. is still uncertain.