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The 2017 Dubai Motor Show wasn’t just about flashy, exciting, and uber-expensive cars. While there were pristine examples of automotive masterpieces wearing multi-million dirham price tags, there was also some sprinkling of automotive dullness present as well. Keeping the latter in mind, here’s our list of the Top 3 that made the cut to be here quite comfortably.
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage
Unlike its name would suggest, the new Mirage isn’t an optical illusion, and you would certainly not be hallucinating if you see a few of these on the road. The Mitsubishi Mirage is a simple, no-nonsense urban runabout, and its styling doesn’t suggest otherwise, either.
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The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage comes with a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder motor that puts out a modest 77 HP and 100 Nm of torque. Transmission duties are handled by a CVT and the 880 kg Mirage can hit 100 km/h in 13.8 seconds, and clock a top speed of 167 km/h.
The exterior design of the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage remains broadly the same as before. However, there have been certain tweaks made to the front and the back; namely in the form of redesigned front and rear bumpers, and slightly restyled headlamps and taillamps. The cabin layout and interior design though, is identical to the previous model.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage starts at AED 36,900.
2018 Kia Picanto
The 2018 Kia Picanto is one of the most popular cars in the market, and with good reason. It is quite inexpensive to buy, run, and maintain. That said, you don’t necessarily leave out any features and conveniences with this little Korean hatchback.
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Under the small hood of the 2018 Kia Picanto is an equally small 1.2-liter four-pot unit that makes 83 horses and 121 Nm of twist. The Picanto will hit 100 km/h in 13.7 seconds, and go on to a top speed of 160 km/h.
Kia has made some visible changes to the exterior and interior design of the new 2018 Picanto. The front fascia now features a brand-new bumper, headlamp, and hood design. The same applies to the rear, where styling changes to the bumper and taillamps are quite apparent. The side profile has also seen changes and now looks way more mature and modern.
The 2018 Kia Picanto range kicks off at AED 38,900.
2018 Hyundai Grand i10
Unlike its Kia sibling, the 2018 Hyundai Grand i10 remains vastly unchanged in its latest avatar. The exterior and interior styling has also stood ground, and neither of these two aspects are going to blow you away.
Motive force for the 2018 Hyundai Grand i10 comes from the same 1.2-liter four-banger that makes 82 HP and 114 Nm of torque. Push this little motor and its associated 4-speed autobox hard enough, and you will eventually cross 100 km/h in a sluggish 15.4 seconds. Top speed, if you are patient and adventurous enough, is 157 km/h.
The 2018 Hyundai Grand i10 is priced at AED 39,900.