Mitsubishi mulls selling Mirage sedan version in the US

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 17, 2013

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will show a sedan version of its Mirage compact car in Thailand to North American visitors to see whether it is suitable for export to the United States. The Japanese carmaker has started producing the Mirage sedan version at its Laem Chabang site in Thailand and will roll it out in the country next month.

The Laem Chabang site builds the Mirage hatchback for Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe and Japan. Mitsubishi will export the Mirage hatchback to the US this fall, and is mulling whether it would also do the same for the sedan version, a person familiar with the carmaker’s plan told Automotive News.

According to the source, Mitsubishi is concerned whether US drivers will receive the small three-cylinder 1.2-liter engine of the Mirage sedan. Since the sedan is slightly heavier than the hatchback, it will have a worse power-to-weight ratio. Aside from that, the layout of Mirage hatchback and sedan does not allow the installation of a larger engine.

A larger powerplant would have place Mirage hatchback and sedan in line with rival models powered by 1.4- to 1.6-liter engines. According to Mitsubishi, its vehicles offer better fuel economy and acceleration than rivals with larger engines since the Mirage hatchback and sedan are lighter than other segment offerings.

The Japanese carmaker will sell the sedan version of the Mirage in Thailand under the badge Attrage. The Attrage returns fuel economy of 22 kilometers per liter, or 52 mpg, under the New European Driving Cycle. This measurement does not convert directly into US fuel economy standards. EPA also has yet to rate the Mirage sedan.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Remember Zenos Cars, a British carmaker that specializes in designing and building lightweight and high-performance sports cars? If you are wondering how the company is faring with their E10 lightweight...
by - January 21, 2017
Mercedes-Benz has revealed that in 2017, its series 124 coupé will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. While this itself is a significant event, it will also mean that this model...
by - January 21, 2017
BMW’s 550i xDrive has long been considered as one of the most successful business sedans in the world. For the brand, this may not be enough as it has officially...
by - January 20, 2017
Amazon is now moving beyond the four corners of online retailing. Only recently, the retail giant has been awarded a patent for its Road Network system. Since the patented technology...
by - January 20, 2017
The newest version of the Lamborghini Huracan is not a Superleggera, but a Performante. When Lamborghini filed for a patent for a new name, there were still debates whether this...
by - January 20, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries