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