Rendering – Even in production form, the Mitsubishi Mirage sedan can look enticing
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Mitsubishi has previewed the compact sedan based on the Mirage through unveiling the G4 Concept at the recently concluded Bangkok Motor Show.
[Left – Theo’s version of the G4 with production car design elements; Right – Concept G4 presented at the Bangkok Motor Show last month]
The economy sedan would be a direct competitor for the Honda Amaze and Nissan Sunny in Thailand and a few other international markets. Here are renderings of its production version by popular rendering artist Theophilus Chin.
The G4 Concept has an almost production ready body. Replace the futuristic headlamps, front grill and taillights with conventional units and you will arrive at what looks like the final design. We have placed the images of the G4 concept by the side for you to compare.
The front fascia of the car is sufficiently different from that of the Mirage and that helps to build individuality. The roofline also takes a different route beyond the B-pillar and culminates in a Nissan Sunny like boot. The overall design is easy on the eyes if not eye catchy.
Under the hood will be the 1.2 litre petrol motor which powers the Mirage as well. The CVT automatic transmission is also borrowed from the hatchback. Mitsubishi claims that the sedan will offer best in class fuel economy besides best in class cabin roominess.
Even though the Mirage would be an apt rival for the Sunny in other markets, the lack of a diesel motor and a large sales network would restrict Mitsubishi from trying the Mirage sedan in the Indian market. Moreover, the company has decided to concentrate only on SUVs in India after having discontinuing the Lancer Cedia.