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The Mitsubishi Mirage may have recently received a minor update – adding numerous technical changes to improve NVH levels – but a bigger facelift is in store for the Japanese budget eco hatch, as these photos from our European spies show.

Here, the Mirage is spotted wearing a new front grille that is larger and more Attrage-like compared to the current slit-like aperture. The lower air intake has been remodelled as well – with a bone-shaped crossbar that envelops the front fog lights – and there also appear to be new side skirts.

At the rear, the Mirage gets a redesigned rear bumper with discrete reflectors, along with new LED tail lights with clear indicator lenses now arranged in line with the reverse lights. Inside, apparent changes are limited to a redesigned steering wheel with a gloss black inner rim, a gloss black gearlever base (nicked from the Attrage) for the CVT as well as new black fabric upholstery with white stitching.

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Expect the current powertrains to soldier on – 71 PS/88 Nm 3A90 1.0 litre and 78 PS/100 Nm 3A92 1.2 litre MIVEC petrol three-pots, mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT.

It seems that Mitsubishi has moved off its aggressive newfangled “Dynamic Shield” design language, at least on the Mirage. This contrasts with renderings by Theophilus Chin of what a facelifted Attrage could look like based on the styling of the facelifted Outlander – which design do you think looks best?