Seeking to expand its appeal with budget-conscious buyers, Mitsubishi has refreshed its entry-level Mirage to add more style and new features while bolstering its dynamics. The most visible changes to the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-door are found up front, where this subcompact hatch gets a slightly edgier but more aerodynamic look. The redrawn front fascia features a new grille flanked by more interesting headlamp/foglamp designs and a new hood. At the rear, a restyled bumper is set off with a jaunty roof spoiler while new wheel designs round out the mix.

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The updating continues inside, where the 2017 Mirage gets a revised steering wheel, gauge cluster and console as well as upgraded upholstery fabrics. On the infotainment front, the Mirage will offer a new 300-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system with EcoPunch. The system also will support the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps, making this the first Mitsubishi model to offer that capability. 

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Enhancements to the Mirage's 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine deliver a small bump from 74 to 78 horsepower, and the chassis has also been retuned for 2017. Recalibrated/optimized spring rates and shock damping improve handling and stability while larger front-disc/rear-drum brakes offer enhanced stopping power. The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback will arrive in next spring and pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date. 

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