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Now here’s something totally unexpected. The Mitsubishi Mirage, which first surfaced in current form way back in 2011 (a facelift debut in 2015), has been spotted in Thailand with a facelift!

In the past decade, Mitsubishi has tried a couple of family faces, but has of late settled on the Dynamic Shield look, as seen on the current Triton pick-up truck and Xpander MPV. That signature look has since been grafted on the also-very-old ASX crossover and even Japanese kei cars. Now is the turn of the Mirage to get the Dynamic Shield face.

Even if the headlamps seen here aren’t as slim as those on other iterations of the Dynamic Shield, the look is unmistakable. It features a tall grille spanning the height of the face, connected to the headlamps. Inverted chrome brackets give the face the sunken cheeks look, with foglamp cutouts outside of it. The eyes appear to have double curves as LED daytime running lights.

The Mirage first surfaced in 2011, and it was given a facelift in 2015

Away from the front end and new two-tone wheels, the body of the five-door hatchback seen here appears identical to the Mirage that we know. Note the rising character line on the profile, which rises from the front wheels, and the door handles that reside below the line.

The word from Headlightmag in Thailand is that Mitsubishi is planning to unveil this facelifted Mirage along with its Attrage sedan sister – which will also get the Dynamic Shield front – at the Motor Expo 2019 event next month. The Phase 2 Thai Eco Car should soldier on with the 1.2L three-cylinder engine paired to either a five-speed manual or CVT. Phase 2 regulations require C02 emissions not exceeding 100 g/km and fuel economy of at least 23.25 km/l.

What do you think of this new look for the Mitsubishi Mirage?

GALLERY: 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage