Mitsubishi supermini set to rival Ford Fiesta

Mitsubishi is set to capitalise on its Renault-Nissan alliance with a Clio-based supermini

Mitsubishi is poised to launch a new supermini to rival the Ford Fiesta and SEAT Ibiza, and replacing the ageing Mitsubishi Mirage.

The Japanese brand is now a member of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, so the new car would share its underpinnings and engines with the upcoming next-generation Renault Clio and Nissan Micra. Our exclusive image previews how it could look as a result.

Speaking to Carbuyer at the Tokyo Motor Show, Vincent Cobee, Mitsubishi’s product planning boss and corporate vice-president, said: “Designing and building a bespoke platform is expensive and the margins in the small-car sector are smaller. So are we looking to use Renault and Nissan platforms in that segment? The answer is yes.”

Formerly at Nissan, Cobee joined Mitsubishi when the former bought a 34% stake in the latter. Since then, he’s also disclosed that launching SUVs, including the next Mitsubishi Outlander is an “immediate priority”, but that “30% of global demand” is for superminis and it would be “extremely hard” for the company to hit emissions targets without a smaller model.

The current Mitsubishi line-up includes the Mirage supermini, the ASX, Eclipse Cross, Outlander and Shogun SUVs, and the L200 pickup.

Expected in 2018, the next-generation Renault Clio will be all-new, with a low-CO2 three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that Mitsubishi could borrow, along with the platform.

It’s also possible an all-electric version could be on the cards, thanks to confirmation from Mitsubishi UK’s current boss Lance Bradley, that the Mirage replacement would include a zero-emissions version. It’s not yet confirmed that the name Mirage will be kept on in Britain; Mitsubishi could rekindle the Colt name from the supermini that went out of production in 2013.

Recommended

Next Nissan Micra will be retro-inspired electric supermini
Nissan Micra EV teaser
Nissan Micra
27 Jan 2022

Next Nissan Micra will be retro-inspired electric supermini

Renault Clio hatchback review
Best small car: Renault Clio
Renault Clio
26 Jan 2022

Renault Clio hatchback review

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

Ford Fiesta hatchback review
Ford Fiesta Best Buy cutout
Ford Fiesta
14 Jan 2022

Ford Fiesta hatchback review

Most Popular

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

UK road tax 2022: VED tax rates and bands explained
2021 Road Tax explained
Car tax
20 Jan 2022

UK road tax 2022: VED tax rates and bands explained

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers
Mazda MX-5 Deals
Deals
21 Jan 2022

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
21 Jan 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
19 Jan 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
21 Jan 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022