January 25, 2016, 7:15 AM
Mitsubishi has announced plans to unveil a new sedan for the Canadian market and by all indications it will be sub-compact sedan to take on the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris, and is expected to carry the Mirage name.
The new Mirage sedan, produced in Thailand, has been available in various world markets since 2013 as Mirage or under various names — Attrage in Malaysia, Mirage G4 in The Philippines, Dodge Attitude in Mexico — and was shown at the 2014 Montreal International Auto Show to gauge public opinion. In fact, that car bore a striking resemblance to that of a teaser image recently released by Mitsubishi Canada. The teaser image is labelled 2017 Mitsubishi sedan, which we take to mean it will be available later in 2016.
The sedan is roughly the same size as the Mirage hatchback already sold in Canada, with the differences being the nose and everything from the rear doors back (naturally!). It is considerably longer in length than the hatchback (535 mm longer, or roughly 21 in.), riding on a wheelbase that is 100 mm longer (about four inches). Width is almost exact between the two, and the sedan stands about an inch taller.
With those dimensions, it is hedging into Lancer territory, with the biggest differences being about a 10-inch shorter length and 4-inch reduction in width. It does, however, share engines with the hatchback model — 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre 3-cylinder powerplants, with the latter being the only available engine in Canada — and transmissions (5-speed manual and continuously variable automatic), so it won’t be too much of a stretch to integrate it into the current marketplace.
Although all Mitsubishi Canada will confirm is time and location of the unveiling at the 2016 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto the second week in February, we expect the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage/Attrage/Whateverage will be available arrive in summer/fall 2016, in time for the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) annual Car of the Year testing program (TestFest) that takes place at the end of October.
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