Mitsubishi presents Mirage G4 to motoring journalists in Thailand

By Vernon B. Sarne
 

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines flew motoring journalists to Thailand to preview and drive the all-new Attrage, the sedan version of the Mirage hatchback. In the Philippine market, the car will be called the Mirage G4, as "Attrage" sounds like "atras."

The engine and the powertrain of the new Mirage G4 will be lifted from its hatchback sibling. This means it will be equipped with the same 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine that puts out 77hp and 100Nm of torque, mated to either a five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. According to MMPC marketing services vice president Froilan Dytianquin, the same four variants will be offered for the Mirage G4: the GLX MT and CVT, and the GLS MT and CVT.

As for the pricing, MMPC president and CEO Hikosaburo Shibata told TopGear.com.ph that the Mirage G4 will cost "a little bit higher" than the hatchback version, pointing out the fact that the sedan sells more in our market. "We expect the sales ratio between the sedan and the hatchback to be about 70-30," he said.

By contrast, Ford and Chevrolet have priced the hatchback versions of their subcompact cars (Fiesta and Sonic) higher than the sedans.

Apart from the obvious addition of a trunk at the rear, the Mirage G4 also sports an elegant and proper grille up front, immediately eliminating the cartoonish look of the Mirage hatchback. And just how much mass does this trunk add to the overall weight of the car? Apparently, the small sedan is just 40kg heavier than its hatchback twin.

How big (or small) exactly is the Mirage G4? It is 180mm and 125mm shorter than the Nissan Almera and the Hyundai Accent, respectively. It is also narrower by 25mm and 30mm--but taller by 15mm and 45mm--than the Almera and the Accent. Its legroom of 1,725mm is also said to be second only to the Almera's 1,817mm in the B-segment, trumping the likes of the Accent (1,658mm), the current Toyota Vios (1,685mm) and the Suzuki Dzire (1,620mm).

In terms of curb weight, Mitsubishi boasted that the 930kg Mirage G4 is the lightest in its class, especially compared to the Accent (1,193kg), the current Vios (1,075kg) and the Almera (1,027kg).

In Thailand, the quoted average fuel mileage for the Mirage G4 is 22km/L.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines is looking to launch the new subcompact sedan either in October or November this year.

Photos by Vernon B. Sarne

 

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

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  • oh_noh 10 months ago
    there's this big difference between "maliit na cute" at "maliit lang" - and for some time now, mitsu's been on the latter...
    • Tandang Sora 11 months ago
      Agree.
      • oh_noh 8 months ago
        Thanks. I just didn't know that there are so many "unlikers" for my take on mitsu in general :-)
  • GotToRead 10 months ago
    It looks like a current generation Vios. No offense to the fans but...come on Mitsubishi, you can do better than that! All the good designers left?
  • wertyamatz22 11 months ago
    oh come on mitsu! vios will kill this T_T
  • AnjiJubei 11 months ago
    wow, that's a looker!!
  • roadrage 11 months ago
    Methinks the Mirage hatch will still prevail over the G4 due to its unique character, whereas the G4 has to engage the Vios and Accent.
  • BMagee 11 months ago
    not a looker compared to it's hatch sibling. the start/stop button button is a nice touch though.

    always good for consumers to have more choices for this entry level segment
  • foolishofficer 11 months ago
    Though I have not seen this in the metal but from pictures, I seem to like this sedan better than the hatch. Generally it is good strategy to market a model size that is in between 2 segments. But prized closed to the lower segment.

    The "sized in-between segments" is the same method used by Nissan for its Almera and Sylphy/Sentra.
  • CarEnthusiast05 11 months ago
    the front has a resemblance with the Hyundai i10, the C-pillar looks like that of the Nissan Almera and the rear looks like the latest generation Subaru Impreza with a mix of Toyota Vios. Oh, and the front grille looks like Kia's corporate grille (if you could picture it). What happened Mitsubishi!? The last cars that they designed and produced that can turn heads are the Lancer EX and Outlander! Instead of moving forward, they are going 'attrage'(if you know what I mean). Well, good luck for Mitsubishi because the competition will just step on this one. Come on! I know you can do a lot better! Be inspired by the Evo!
    • td21 11 months ago
      Looks old and foolish! Don't know what has happened to most Japanese car designs!
  • codenamejanrei 11 months ago
    Looks better than the Almera.... and has simpler designs than the Accent's. :)
  • codenamejanrei 11 months ago
    Ang ganda lang nito -customize, haha, pagmukhain Evo hehe
  • The Stig 10 months ago
    mas pipiliin ko ang new vios...no offense
  • GTi 10 months ago
    I find this better looking than the hatch. Though the rear still looks a bit tacked-on, at least it doesn't look too much like an afterthought like quite a number of hatch-turned-sedans.
  • Kyoichi Sudo 11 months ago
    It looks good compared to other hatch-based sedans, this one looks modification-ready...

    ...Although a bit disappointed on the fact that it will only have a 1.2L engine, it could easily kill the Vios if it only had a 1.5L engine as its TOTL variant...
  • Kyoichi Sudo 11 months ago
    It looks good compared to other hatch-based sedans, this one looks modification-ready...

    ...Although a bit disappointed on the fact that it will only have a 1.2L engine, it could easily kill the Vios if it only had a 1.5L engine as its TOTL variant...
    • Darkmatter 10 months ago
      Why not put a turbo charger instead? Naturally aspirated engines are starting to become a thing in the past.
  • hyundaifan 10 months ago
    I love it! Especially the size very manageable in Metro Manila. Even in Cebu. Easy to merge lanes, easy to parallel park. The Perfect learning car for student drivers. GPS option please for audio.
  • FortunerRocks 10 months ago
    it looks good but u steering wheel for me its too simple... Vios All The Way!
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