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    Mitsubishi set to use Renault Clio platform and engines for Mirage replacement

    by V3Cars Team on Monday, Jan 01 0001

    Japanese auto maker Mitsubishi is planning to launch a slew of new car models in the future as part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’ global growth strategy. Among a whole range of new vehicles in the pipeline, Mitsubishi will also develop a supermini that would go head-on with the likes of the Ford Fiesta. Being a part of the Alliance, Mitsubishi will have access to the shared platforms of the Franco-Japanese auto alliance. The upcoming new Mitsubishi supermini would reportedly share its platform as well as mechanical specs with the next generation Nissan Micra and Renault Clio models. This new model is also likely to replace the Mirage in the European car markets.

    Japanese auto maker Mitsubishi is planning to launch a slew of new car models in the future as part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’ global growth strategy. Among a whole range of new vehicles in the pipeline, Mitsubishi will also develop a supermini that would go head-on with the likes of the Ford Fiesta. Being a part of the Alliance, Mitsubishi will have access to the shared platforms of the Franco-Japanese auto alliance. The upcoming new Mitsubishi supermini would reportedly share its platform as well as mechanical specs with the next generation Nissan Micra and Renault Clio models. This new model is also likely to replace the Mirage in the European car markets.

     

    While speaking on the development before the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the corporate vice president and product planning head at Mitsubishi Motor, Vincent Cobee told the media that designing and developing a bespoke platform requires a huge investment and there are smaller margins in the small car sectors. Thus, the company is looking to utilize the Renault and Nissan platforms in that segment. Thus, Cobee confirmed that Mitsubishi will be actually sharing the platform with its new partners to build its upcoming small car.

     

    Nissan recently bought 34 percent stake in Mitsubishi and went ahead renaming the Renault-Nissan Alliance as the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Cobee also joined Mitsubishi from Nissan after the latter bought shares in Mitsubishi. Cobee also revealed while speaking to the journalists that launching new SUV models like that of the next generation Outlander, is actually the company’s first priority at the moment. However, the company has to concentrate on the small car segments as well, as the B-segment small cars make up 30 percent of the cumulative global demands. He added by saying that without a supermini the company will have very hard time meeting the strict emissions regulations. And thus, the brand new Mitsubishi supermini is expected to hit the market pretty soon.

     

    French car maker and Mitsubishi’s partner, Renault is expected to launch the next generation model of its Clio in 2018. The all new Renault Clio will be based on a new platform, and Mitsubishi will be borrow this very architecture. Mitsubishi will also be borrowing the French company’s 3 cylinder turbocharged petrol mill for its new upcoming supermini.

     

    The current boss at UK Mitsubishi, Lance Bradley had already confirmed last year that the Mitsubishi Mirage will be getting replaced with a model which will get a fully electric variant in future as well. Till now, while it is confirmed that Mitsubishi will be launching a Ford Fiesta challenger pretty soon, it is yet not clear whether this new Mirage successor will continue with the same moniker in the UK, or it will get a fully new identity. Some reports say that the Japanese car maker could revive its Colt nameplate from its previous-generation supermini model that was discontinued in 2013.

    While details are still scarce, we expect new details about the upcoming Mitsubishi small car to get splashed on the internet very soon.


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