Although both were built on the same platform, the Japanese-specification Lancer sedan received different sheet metal than the Mirage equivalent. The wagon was still sold as of 2012 in , however as of 2013 the model is no longer offered on the website. It has been met with negative reviews in some markets, and praise in others. This generation Lancer entered production in the Chinese market as the Soueast Lioncel in March 2003 and was produced by up to 2005. Unlike the Colt's expensive architecture shared with the , the emphasis on the Mirage is low pricing to increase Mitsubishi's presence in emerging markets. This required the gearbox to take power down from the , an action not possible directly as this would have dictated that the gearbox rotate in the opposite direction to that required.
The hatchback models produced between 1978 and 2003 were classified as subcompact cars, while the sedan and station wagon models, marketed prominently as the Mitsubishi Lancer, were the compact offerings. Shipments to Japan began in July, with the Australian hitting the market in January 2013. Another variant called the Soueast Lingyue is a facelifted version of the Lancer and successor to the Lioncel and has been produced by since October 2008. A separate car called the Mitsubishi Lancer was also produced by the manufacturer and a modified version was known as Mitsubishi Lancer S-Design and was shown at the Guangzhou Auto Show in 2014. The six-window greenhouse sedan was sold in these countries as the alongside a coupé of the same name. Versions equipped with first became available in Europe in 1985, at the same time as the wagon was introduced.
Mitsubishi's powertrain choices were vast with this new platform. However, the primary implication of the Mirage's powertrain orientation—and the issue that demanded the unconventional transmission—was the mounting of the transmission beneath the engine. Of note, the Lancer sedan featured a new grille and reshaped inner-portions of the headlamps to better differentiate it from the Mirage donor model. The range was complemented by a five-door liftback in June 1988, but without a station wagon variant, Mitsubishi persevered with the previous model until the release of a new wagon on the fourth generation chassis. Proton then developed a variant which came to fruition in 2002 as the , lasting until 2010. A five-door variant of the Colt had earlier been released in 2002. Lancer Fiore received the same 1.
European models were instead sourced from , the Netherlands with a three-door body produced exclusively at this factory from 2004. Curiously, Mitsubishi marketed the Mirage only as a three-door hatch through its own American dealers despite the five-door model having repeatedly been rejected in favor of the by Chrysler's marketing organization. Distinguished by the installation of flusher fitting headlamps that extended into the , stylists also designed a new insert. By 2003, the Mirage and its derivatives had been completely phased out of mainstream Japanese production. The Mirage was not sold in the United States by Mitsubishi until 1985.
Max power was reached at 5000 rather than 5500 rpm for the Japanese market models, and they were fitted with somewhat gentler cams for a less peaky power delivery. By 2003, the production of Mitsubishi Mirage and its derivatives for the domestic market of Japan was completely discontinued. Power differed for cars with catalyzers, or for markets with lower octane fuel. Masaru Furukawa headed the vehicle design, with Yasukichi Akamatsu given the role of chief engineer. The sedan was first introduced as a concept car at the 2013 Bangkok Auto Show called the Concept G4 sedan. The car not only changed its name, but also began to approach the compact class. Production for the Lancer started in May 2006 and ended in 2014 for the 2015 model year.
As a Mitsubishi, the three-door was restricted to the Mirage and Colt names, but the Mirage Asti coupé was often badged Lancer as well. The sedan, released to Japan in January 1988 was stylistically distinct with almost vertical rear glass, influenced by the larger. The markets of other countries often used the name Mitsubishi Colt, and versions of the sedan Mirage were sold under the name Mitsubishi Lancer including the market in Japan. Motors having the same name and correspondingly belonging to the same series have a similar design, but they may differ in the degree of forcing, the working volume, the way of filling the working mixture. Trim levels for the Lancer were the 1. The headquarters are in Tokyo. Then in 2002, a subcompact five-door hatchback badged Colt globally became available.
Engines for the Colt comprised 1. The liftback introduced in 1988 complemented the sedan as an additional compact offering, and the coupé of 1991 fitted in with the subcompact range. In the United States and Canada, the first four generations were sold through a venture with as the and the similar -badged Champ and Colt. This is especially true of the hatchback and coupé which were not redesigned due to Mitsubishi's financial troubles. In the United Kingdom, where Colt was the marque itself, it was called the Colt 1200 and Colt 1400, after the. Colt convertibles were produced only at the Netherlands facility, with final assembly taking part with at , Italy.
The North American edition was unveiled in 2013 Salon International de l'auto de Montreal. In late 2013 the sedan version called G4 was added to the lineup, also available in the same four variants as the hatchback. In Japan, the Mirage was sold at a specific retail chain called. The body of the hatchback was introduced in 1988 and supplemented the already existing sedan body in the form of restyling. The Super Shift was not originally planned. In North America, it is the lightest 4-door car available only the 2-passenger is lighter. As before, Mirage, Colt, and Lancer naming varied between markets with different body shapes often having different titles in the same market.
Variants of the Signo comprise the base 1. While the sedan grew slightly in size, the coupé shrunk modestly. If the light comes on while the engine oil le vel is normal, have the system checked at an authorized Mitsubishi Motors dealer or a repair facility of your choice as soon as possible. The car received a very mild facelift in early 1986, along with some new engine options for the Japanese domestic market. The transmissions were updated at the same time. The basic model, a three-door hatchback with upright tailgate and large glasshouse arrived first.
The Mirage has a complicated marketing history, with a varied and much convoluted naming convention that differed substantially depending on the market. The Lancer also featured re-shaped fenders, less rounded headlamps, and a larger dual-port grille. Mitsubishi also released variants fitted with the 1. In 2000, Mitsubishi introduced the new generation Mirage for the domestic market, which bore the name. Automobil Revue 1987 in German and French. With the rising popularity of boxy subcompact in Japan, the Mirage nameplate was used on a domestic market-only model called the , from 1999.