To say we were unimpressed by the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage that debuted in New York earlier this year would be one heck of an understatement. So pardon us for not oohing and aahing over the Concept G4 that we're seeing for the first time here in Shanghai. It is, basically, a Mirage sedan. Try to contain your excitement.

Mitsubishi states that it intends to roll out the production version of the G4 Concept globally, powered by a 1.2-liter MIVEC engine mated to a continuously variable transmission that should at least be good for some substantial fuel economy gains. The Mirage, after all, is rated at 37/44 miles per gallon city/highway. We're also told that the car will be very lightweight, and that this should aid in making this thing not drive like a total dud.

We'll wait and see how the relatively sharp lines of the concept transfer to production form, but given that we already know what the Mirage looks like, we have a pretty good feeling that we'll be just as underwhelmed the second time around. Have a look below for the press blast.
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MITSUBISHI CONCEPT G4 COMPACT SEDAN CONCEPT CAR TO BE UNVEILED AT 34TH BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW

Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MMTh), Mitsubishi Motors Corporation's (MMC) exclusive producer and distributor in Thailand, will present the global debut of the MITSUBISHI Concept G41 concept model for a new-generation compact sedan its world debut at the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show2 from March 25 through April 7.

In a lineup of 23 concept and Thai-built models on the MMTh booth, the MITSUBISHI Concept G4 will be joined by the MITSUBISHI Concept GR-HEV3 concept, an FR4 sport utility truck powered by a diesel-hybrid drivetrain. Thailand-built production models on display will include the Mirage global compact car, which has been a hot seller in Thailand, the Lancer EX mid-size sedan, Triton pickup and Pajero Sport SUV.

MITSUBISHI Concept G4

The MITSUBISHI Concept G4 is a concept model for a new compact sedan which MMC plans to roll out globally. The MITSUBISHI Concept G4 uses 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.

The MITSUBISHI Concept G4 carries next-generation compact sedan styling featuring a short nose which delivers an outstanding forward field of view and superior maneuverability, graceful and flowing side proportions which balances interior space among the most generous in its class with very sleek aerodynamics, and a dynamic character line which kicks up towards the rear.

The MITSUBISHI Concept G4 achieves fuel efficiency that is among the best in its class as its RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body - the lightest in its class due to the extensive use of high-tensile steel - is powered by a lightweight and compact 1.2-liter MIVEC engine mated to a CVT with sub-geartrain in addition to uncompromising weight reduction throughout.

The MITSUBISHI Concept G4 delivers driving pleasure thanks to the agile and pleasing driving dynamics stemming from its lighter weight as well as its reassuring handling/stability and comfortable ride. Passenger comfort is enhanced by the high hip point and large door openings which facilitate entry and exit as well as by its generous rear seat leg space.


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      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      To be honest, this looks a whole lot better than the rental heap looking hatchback.
      RedEmblem
      • 1 Year Ago
      Okay, there is something I don't get. This concept marks a strong resemblance to the Ford Escort concept. People called the Escort "simple and clean". And yet, people criticize THIS car for being "bland and boring". Why are the opinions so divided? Is it because of the badge?
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RedEmblem
        Proportions. Not too bad on the Escort, absolutely horrible on this. The wheels on this are horribly small in proportion to how tall the belt line is. And that brings up the fact that the beltline on this is way too tall as well, whereas the Escort's is not. It's like they took something proportioned like the Escort concept and applied a vertical stretch to it and somebody scaled the wheels down too far.
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RedEmblem
        To many people are under the assumption that every car needs to have excessive styling to be successful. The Versa is a prime example, simple honest car still a leader in it's pack, lots of space and good fuel economy. Cheap car to buy cheap car to own. To many people complain about not enough styling but what they mean is it is hard to live with. Lack of visibility, less space, and things people take for granted like a spare tire. This G4 looks like a good competitor with a more honest approach like the Versa, not a bad selling point.
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      tenspeeder
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did the guy who got fired after designing the Nissan Versa so badly, get hired at Mitsubishi?
      ikarLaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wouldn't mind if this design is used for the next generation Lancer.
      graphikzking
      • 1 Year Ago
      Car doesn't look good. The wheels look too small. The car looks too "bulbous". However, that engine seems like it could be a winner. 37/44 ! That's over 40mpg. Isn't this the 1st car in America that could have a COMBINED 40mpg that isn't a hybrid? If so, then WTF. Why can't other manufacturers come out with engines this efficient? Ford is putting turbos in all their small cars and charging through the roof, then it is getting 10mpg less than advertised. Hyundai was getting 2-3mpg less. I wouldn't buy this car, but if they can garner some interest then come up with a solid engine to put into the next Lancer then it could help Mitsubishi a little here in the states. Otherwise, stick a fork in them cause they are done.
      Lunch
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this the new Corolla? Looks it.
      Jakes
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know what Mitsu is trying to do, they want big sellers like this car, the brand is strong in Asia and South America so this fits very well into that strategy, so maybe we will have to be patient and wait for things to turn around and get more exciting models.
      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh well, - at least we know where the designer of the Pontiac Aztec ended up..........
      bluemoonric
      • 1 Year Ago
      Note to Mitsubishi. Your design department has no talent.
      alan
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know what\'s really scary? Concepts always look better than the production versions.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      There always will be a market for people who buy the cheapest cars on the market.I personally don't find the design too bad, and I think a bland design is better than a bad design (Hyundai).
      KC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this company privately own? Cause if I was an investor I would have the heads of the CEO on a stake.
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