Mitsubishi bringing new subcompact to Canada in 2014
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
The sub-subcompact market is heating up... Between the Chevrolet Spark, Fiat 500 and Scion iQ, the tiny four-seat hatchback is becoming more and more popular. Latest to enter the fray? Mitsubishi, who debuted its new challenger at the Montreal International Auto Show last week.
Known elsewhere as the Mirage, the car will be mildly altered to be more suitable for the Canadian market, most importantly in the engine bay. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder found in most other markets will be bumped to 1.2 litres, although without turbocharging will only provide 74 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. Mitsubishi says it'll be available with either a five-speed manual transmission or optional CVT.
Mitsu says the new car will be wider than a Spark, taller than an Accent and longer than an iQ, although that last one isn't saying much given the wee Scion's runty length... Styling is, um, there. Basic, economical and - fingers crossed - reliable are three factors the company is pushing as positives.
The car is expected to go on sale this fall as a 2014, and final pricing - and a name! - are expected to be announced before then.
Would Mitsubishi's new offering make you curious enough to test one? How do you think it'll hold its own against the current competition?