Speaking to some of its dealers recently, Mitsubishi unveiled its plans for a new subcompact sedan offering in the US. Automotive News reports the automaker showed off a rendering of a new subcompact sedan and said the machine will debut sometime in 2015.

The little four-door could be based on the three-cylinder G4 Concept that bowed at the Shanghai Motor Show this year, effectively making it a four-door version of the current five-door Mirage. Mitsubishi dealers are currently starving for new products to entice buyers into showrooms. A redesigned Outlander will show up this summer, long before the teased subcompact sedan. The automaker is also planning to bring out a revised version of the five-door Mirage compact later this year.

Dealers are taking the announcement as a sign that Mitsubishi has finally begun to turn things around. Automotive News spoke with Scott Grove, who owns two Mitsubishi dealerships near Chicago. Grove said he thought the dealer meeting was more positive than it's been in years, and that he believes Mitsubishi is finally on the offensive.


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      GoGOGadgetZOom
      • 1 Year Ago
      How has Mitsubishi lost it's way so badly? They need to focus on getting a worthwhile mid-size Galant, full-size Diamante, and a new Lancer/Evo back in the fray. Oh, while we're waiting, Mitsu-, you really can't afford to NOT slap an Eclipse badge on the Concept RA from 2008; we all knew and expected as much way back when...
      El Angel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not trying to diss this particular car but...... Why do most lower price cars look fat,bubbly, and narrow?
        over9000
        • 1 Year Ago
        @El Angel
        I'd also like to clarify its all about maximizing amount of interior volume using the smallest footprint.
        ferps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @El Angel
        because making something so small that adheres to modern crash test standards is tough.
        over9000
        • 1 Year Ago
        @El Angel
        Because Americans are fat and they want to make a global car. If for example BMW makes cars strictly for the asian market, the BMW 1 series is the 3 series.
      EcoBooster
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd buy this car just to get groceries. JUST to get groceries.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is every one so opposed to the humble honest car approach? Works with the Versa. Same things said here people said about the Versa, how can a company that builds the GT-R, 370z make such a car blah blah blah, yet it leads in it's segment. As a global car it needs to appeal to everyone not just one market. This is super smart for Mitsu to start this way, follow the leader even better if you are working with them.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
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          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ SquareFour The previous generation Versa was actually a terrible vehicle, and consistently rated as the second most unreliable vehicle in its segment. It was only second to the Aveo. @ Cruising The Aveos were truly a disposable vehicle. Timing belts shredded after 40,000 miles, and sometimes well before they were supposed to be changed. They are the worst vehicle you can buy.
          SquareFour
          • 1 Year Ago
          Depends on which Versa. The first-gen/current hatch is actually a pretty good car in a lot of respects and you got a lot for your money, The current sedan, by most accounts, isn't.
          Cruising
          • 1 Year Ago
          That is what is selling, look at how many people are still driving and buying older Accents, Aveos, Yaris's and the like, all cars that were critized poorly. If these are truly terrible cars we would not see them on the roads anymore. Many people want cheap reliable transportation.
        The Friendly Grizzly
        @Cruising
        You said it yourself: "it works for the Versa". It also works for the Lancia Musa. It works for the Opel/Vauxhaul Meriva. It worked back when a Corolla was still cheap transportation, and it worked for the Datsun 1200 Sprinter (the trim piece looked - at first glance - like "Spinster"). All are, or were, exactly what they are or were intended to be. Good transportation, and no pretending to be something it isn't/wasn't. It does not work here.
      djrroar1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsubishi is bringing products that are produced throughout the world to the U.S. these are not just U.S. products. I would guess that the vehicle will have a great price point, come with one of the best warranties in the industry and the people I know who own Mitsu\'s tell me they have a very positive experience with the product. Is it a breakthrough product? No! Will they sell them at the right price? Yes! Will they sell big numbers? No but that is not their plan today for the U.S. Mitsubishi is a huge company, they are not going out of business anytime soon and my guess is with the money they have invested in the plant in Normal Illinios they will not be leaving the U.S. anytime soon.
      daveogermany
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it me or does it look like an evolution of the gen 1 Prius?
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      I get how this car makes sense in terms of Mitsu's global strategy. What I don't get is how it fits into their US strategy--or if they even HAVE a US strategy. AutoBlog reactions are not generally good indications of mainstream opinion but in this case I think the haters have a point. This car is small and bland, and in no way stands out against the Fiesta, Versa, Aveo, etc., not to mention the cheap hatch and mini-CUV competition. Mitsubishi will be lucky to move 10,000/year of this model. So what is going to sustain its domestic dealer network? One CUV can't prop up the whole brand. Other than corporate pride, what is the point of staying in the US market?
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cpmanx
        I agree except about the Versa. I\'d have to drive it first, but I\'m pretty sure I\'d take this over a Versa.
      The Friendly Grizzly
      I will freely admit up front that Mitsubishi is nowhere on any car shopping list I ever had. But setting that aside and trying to be as neutral as I can, that is still one really sad effort. Come on, Mitsubishi; you can do better than that without even waking up.
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      There was a 2nd gen Eclipse in front of me today. I was thinking.. what the hell happened to Mitsubishi.. I would think that very car - would sell better than everything else they offer in the US now combined.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      evilleo22
      • 1 Year Ago
      To little, to late Mitsu. One cannot survive on Lancers and Outlanders alone. Say hi to Mercury, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saturn, Plymouth, Hummer, Saab, etc when ya see em....soon
        grtsch6134
        • 1 Year Ago
        @evilleo22
        .......those american brands disappeared mainly due to foreign competition. i'd like to see guys like you disappear..along with mitsubishi.
        EcoBooster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @evilleo22
        *too.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hot Damn! Can't wait! Oh wait, yes I can. I can wait forever. For. Ever.
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