Skip advert
Advertisement

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.

Advertisement - Article continues below

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.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Renault Clio review - E-Tech hybrid takes on EV rivals
Renault Clio UK
In-depth reviews
18 Jun 2024

Renault Clio review - E-Tech hybrid takes on EV rivals

Top 10 best cars for students 2024
Best cars for students
Best cars
6 Jun 2024

Top 10 best cars for students 2024

Top 10 best small company cars 2024
Best small company cars
Best cars
23 Feb 2024

Top 10 best small company cars 2024

Hot car deal: hybrid Renault Clio for £202 a month
Renault Clio UK front 3/4 tracking
Deals
15 Feb 2024

Hot car deal: hybrid Renault Clio for £202 a month

Most Popular

New Alpine A290: fast, stylish and very blue electric hot hatchback revealed
Alpine A290 front quarter
News
13 Jun 2024

New Alpine A290: fast, stylish and very blue electric hot hatchback revealed

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on
Engine warning light
Tips and advice
12 Jun 2024

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
14 Jun 2024

Best new car deals 2024: 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
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 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
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

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

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
Best electric cars
Best cars
16 May 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024