Mirage

1983

Mirage

The second-generation Mirage was launched in October 1983. In a full model change, the forward-looking design of its predecessor was replaced by smoother edges inspired by an egg, giving the model unique styling together with outstanding aerodynamics.
The model saw significant improvements in practicality as its extensive glazing area gave the driver a better field of view.
The extensive Mirage range addressed both performance and fuel economy requirements being offered with a number of engine types including a 1.6L turbo, a 1.8L diesel and a 1.5L MD "modulated displacement" unit employing a system which ran on 4 cylinders when power was required and on two cylinders when cruising or idling to reduce fuel consumption. Mirage also catered to different user needs and tastes with three body types: 3- and 5-door hatchbacks and a 4-door sedan. Equipment and trim features included LED instrumentation as well as an AM/FM radio receiver with digital wavelength display and a heater unit that automatically kept the cabin at a comfortable temperature, both class firsts. The 3-door variant of the Mirage debuted in 1986 which attracted much attention among younger drivers with Porsche Design steering wheel and alloy road wheels. In 1984 a television commercial for the model using an Australian frilled lizard as the brand character was a big hit.

3-door hatchback
Overall length 3870 mm
Overall width 1635 mm
Overall height 1360 mm
Engines 1.3 L, 1.5 L, 1.6 L turbo
4-door sedan
Overall length 4125 mm
Overall width 1635 mm
Overall height 1360 mm
Engines 1.3 L, 1.5 L, 1.8 L diesel