Mirage

1987

Mirage

The third-generation Mirage launched in October 1987 was available initially only as a 3-door hatchback with a four-variant lineup bearing Fabio, aimed very much at the female owner, Swift, Cyborg and XYVYX variant names to distinguish their different personalities. Both the Cyborg, with its 145 PS 1.6L DOHC turbo engine, and the two-seat XYVYX, with blanked out rear windows, stood out from the crowd. They used dual-mode suspension that allowed the driver to change stabilizer and damper characteristics at the same time. A comprehensive range of easy-to-use equipment choices included so-called "chameleon" instrument cluster with graphics that changed color from day to night, double-action folding rear seats, tilt-adjust/telescopic steering column and uphill start assist. In January 1988, the 4-door sedan range also underwent a full model change to a "high-quality sedan for the style-conscious adult" theme. This series also used personality distinguishing variant names including Vie, Fabio and Cyborg. With a 70 mm longer wheelbase and 25 mm taller overall height, the 4-door sedan range offered a roomier living space. New to the lineup were a diesel engine model, and a fulltime 4WD with viscous coupling center differential.

Overall length 3950 mm
Overall width 1670 mm
Overall height 1380 mm
Engines 1.3 L, 1.5 L, 1.6 L, 1.6 L turbo