Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted March 27, 2013 09:17
Concept G4 follows on Global Small Car project
Mitsubishi held the global unveiling of the Concept G4 global compact sedan to preview the upcoming 4-door version of the Mirage at the 2013 Bangkok Motor Show. This confirms our earlier assumption based on the teaser released by the Japanese carmaker earlier this month. Mitsubishi Global Small Car project head Takashi Sato was personally present at the unveiling.
As earlier described, the G4 will have a short nose for better forward field of view and maneuverability; a 1.2-liter MIVEC coupled with a CVT with sub-geartrain; and a RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) lightweight body reinforced with high-tensile steel that improves efficiency and while ensuring occupant safety.
The new subcompact sedan will fit in perfectly with Thailand’s eco-car program which provides tax incentives for cars which meet the criteria for fuel efficiency. We do hope the Philippines comes up with a similar program to encourage buying of fuel efficient vehicles.
While Mitsubishi has not formally announced the release date, we did share a reliable tip that the subcompact sedan will make its production debut later this year.
Mitsubishi Thailand also revealed a Mirage 'Bloom Edition' to commemorate the model's first anniversary in the market. The special version comes with a premium grade fabric seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, and a 'Bloom Edition' badge on the tailgate. It will come in a special 'Blossom Purple' paint finish and White Pearl.