LA LIVE: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

The pocket-sized Mirage steps up its game for 2017.

After sitting out the 2016 model year, the Mitsubishi Mirage is coming back for 2017 with a host of improvements inside, outside, and under the hood.

Up front, the 2017 Mirage gets a bigger chrome-framed grille, a more sculpted hood, and a redesigned bumper accented by a X-shaped piece of chrome trim. The back end receives a roof-mounted spoiler, and all models benefit from new 14- and 15-inch alloy wheel designs. Finally, the palette of colors has been expanded with wine red (pictured) and sunrise orange.

Inside, the Mirage benefits from a revised instrument cluster that's easier to read, a new-look center console with rearranged HVAC controls, keyless entry, and a four-speaker stereo. SE and GT trim levels offer automatic HID headlights, and they can be ordered with a Display Audio system that's compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Mirage's 1.2-liter three-cylinder now makes 78 horsepower -- four more than the current model -- at 6,000 rpm and 74 lb-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm thanks to the addition of a roller-type camshaft. Power is sent to the front wheels via either a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT depending on which trim level is chosen. Mitsubishi has also tweaked the suspension to improve the city car's handling, and it has fitted bigger brakes on both axles.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will go on sale next year. Pricing information and fuel economy figures will be published in the weeks leading up to its launch.

Live images by Brian Williams.

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