The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 has finally been revealed in full, bringing with it upgraded styling and tech to one of the brand’s best-selling nameplates in the Philippines.
Upfront, its easy to spot the new Dynamic Shield grille, which blends seamlessly to the otherwise conservative exterior design of the Mirage G4. The side profile remains unchanged from the previous model, though all variants now get a new set of alloy wheels. Changes to the rear are minor and are limited to a new, sportier rear bumper. This particular GLS variant we have here is dressed in a snazzy bodykit, which is an optional extra on top of this variant’s P899,000 price tag.
Interior changes to the 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 are even more minor, and these are limited to a new, sportier gauge cluster and a new 7-inch touch screen which is Mitsubishi’s own system and not something that came from a local supplier like AVT. The user interface looks great, and it even uses Mitsubishi’s own typeface. Additionally, the touch responses are snappy and the menus are logically laid out. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also come as standard.
In terms of features, the base GLX gets a urethane steering wheel, multifunction steering wheel, manual air conditioning, and the aforementioned new infotainment system. Stepping up to the GLS adds automatic climate control, a leather steering wheel, remote trunk opener, and a blacked-out B-pillar on the exterior.
Space has been a hallmark of the Mirage G4, and this new model is no exception. Despite being slightly smaller than a Vios or a City, it’s still spacious for four tall adults or five average-sized Filipinos. The rear seats also have cupholders and a folding armrest, which is something you don’t even get in a top-of-the-line Vios GR Sport. Trunk space is still at 450 liters, which is generous for a sedan of this size.
Powering the new 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is the same 1.2-liter inline-3 cylinder engine as before, which means it still produces 78 hp and 100 Nm of torque, with power being sent to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual or a CVT.
With the carry-over powertrain, the driving dynamics of the Mirage G4 remain largely the same as before. We definitely have to take this out for a proper test drive. From what we can tell, it seems that the CVT feels slightly more responsive than before, but that’s probably just a placebo at this point.
Steering is light and easy to use, making the Mirage G4 perfect for city use and first-time car owners. The compact dimensions make this car easy to slot into tight spaces. In addition, there’s plenty of glass area which helps in visibility. As for its refinement, we barely got to highway speeds in the first place so it’s hard to tell either whether there are any improvements.
Fuel economy is also still a huge question mark at this point, though we expect the Mirage G4 to retain its reputation for being fuel-efficient and affordable to run.
As for safety, the new Mirage G4 is equipped with 3-point seatbelts for all occupants, ISOFIX child seat anchor points, and dual SRS airbags as standard. Stepping up to the GLS adds a reverse camera, along with ABS with EBD, though if we’re being honest, this feature should have been standard even in the base GLX. For perspective, the bigger yet more affordable Vios XE CVT is equipped with more safety features as standard.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is now on sale across all Mitsubishi dealers nationwide for P769,000 for the base GLX MT, P819,000 for the GLX CVT, and P899,000 for the GLS CVT. Until September 31, 2021, the Japanese automaker is throwing in a 2-year free preventive maintenance package to buyers of the new Mirage G4