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Bangkok 2013 Preview: Mitsubishi to debut Concept G4 Compact Sedan

Bangkok 2013 Preview: Mitsubishi to debut Concept G4 Compact Sedan image

Text: Brent Co / Photos: Mitsubishi Press | posted March 05, 2013 18:39

Concept G4 to preview sedan version of Mirage

Mitsubishi announced that the new Concept G4 compact sedan will make its global debut at the upcoming 2013 Bangkok International Motor Show. The Japanese carmaker plans to sell the new compact sedan globally. This should preview the much-anticipated sedan version of the Mirage compact hatchback.

Mitsubishi describes the design of the new concept sedan as a "high-clarity brilliant-cut diamond motif in the design of the front grill, headlamps and rear combination lamps to create a frontal visage with a commanding presence and a tail end which leaves a sharp impression as it drives off into the distance." They further describe the concept to have a short nose and a dynamic character which kicks up towards the rear and having a RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body with the use of lightweight high-tensile steel, similarly to the Mirage.

It will be powered by a 1.2-liter MIVEC mated to a CVT, which similarly powers the Mirage. The driving dynamics were further described as agile and pleasing resulting from light weight as well as having a reassuring handling/stability and comfortable ride. Passenger comfort is characterized with having a high hip point and generous rear set leg space and large door openings to facilitate entry and exit.

We hinted early this year of a sedan version of the Mirage debuting in the Philippine market later this year. Various reports pointed to the new model being introduced in March. Mitsubishi Thailand's Laem Chabang Plant is the central production hub for the Mirage, which has a 150,000 unit production capacity just for compact cars, the concept's global debut in Bangkok points very much to where the car will also be produced.

The Concept G4 will be joined at the show by the Concept GR-HEV, which just debuted in Geneva. GR meaning Ground Runner will preview the next-generation L200 (also known as Strada, Triton) pickup. The concept features a diesel-hybrid engine, indicating a possible future power option for Mitsubishi’s light commercial vehicles. Thailand is also the production hub for the L200 pickup truck.