LA Auto Show: Mitsubishi’s dual debut is the 2016 Outlander Sport and the 2017 Mirage

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The Japanese automaker staged the debut of two revised models during the Los Angeles Auto Show – the facelifted Outlander Sport compact crossover and the Mirage hatchback. Starting off with the least interesting model in the booth – the 2017 Mirage, we got treated to a mild facelift with updated bumpers, a revised grille and modified headlights. The US dealerships will get the small hatch next spring and further exterior changes include a different hood, new fog lights, a rear spoiler and updates to the wheel options. The interior also got improved, with the most interesting addition being the 300-watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system and the infotainment system that now boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Power comes courtesy of an uprated 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that delivers 78 bhp (58 kW) and 74 lb-ft (100 Nm) torque. Retuned suspension and a stiffer chassis is also on store. The second product is the even milder revision of the 2016 Outlander Sport. The model now boasts the new corporate “Dynamic Shield” front end and has a new option for the 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside customers will have a new steering wheel, updated seat fabrics, as well as a modified air conditioning panel. There’s also an improved 6.1-inch Display Audio System and more soft-touch instrument panel trim. Engine options begin with the entry-level inline-four 2.0-liter churning out 148 bhp (110 kW) and 145 lb-ft (196 Nm) and continue with the 2.4-liter putting out 168 bhp (125 kW) and 167 lb-ft (226 Nm). The transmission choices are a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT), with pricing set to remain the same and starting at $19,595.