In March at the 2013 Bangkok Motor Show, Mitsubishi Motors revealed what it called its next-generation global compact sedan in the Concept G4. Two months later and the Japanese carmaker is showing off the production version which it has named Attrage.
With a name that's a contrived version of the English word "attractive," the Attrage will be built at Mitsubishi's Laem Chabang plant in Thailand--the same plant that produces the Mirage five-door hatchback. It also reportedly qualifies for the Thai government's Eco-car Project, which means that it is Euro IV-compliant and that it is fuel-efficient at 20km/L "based on European calculation methods."
A look at the features and it's evident that the Attrage is really a sedan version of the Mirage since it practically shares the same features like the lightweight Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution body that makes extensive use of high-tensile steel, as well as the same lightweight 1.2-liter MIVEC engine that's mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT.
To be launched in the Thai market in July, we can definitely tell you that the Attrage will reach our shores within the year. We've also gathered that when Mitsubishi Motors Philippines launches this car, chances are it won't be called "Attrage" here. We've received a tip saying MMPC is not particularly thrilled by the name as it sort of sounds like "atras."