Mitsubishi is bringing the Mirage hatchback to the US this fall, carrying a price tag of $12,995, not including the $725 destination charge. Mitsunori Kitao, COO of Mitsubishi Motors Thailand Co., says that the Japanese automaker might consider releasing the sedan version of the Thailand-built compact - called the Attrage in Thailand and the Mirage G4 in the Phillipines - if the little hatchback takes off in the US market, Automotive News reports.

Weight is a key concern with importing the sedan. The non-US Mirage hatchback weighs just 1,900 pounds, but its naturally aspirated 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine makes just 79 horsepower and 78 pound-feet of torque, which can only manage a 0-62 miles-per-hour time of 11.2 seconds. The heavier sedan would take even longer.

Ryujiro Kobashi, Mitsubishi's corporate general manager in charge of North American marketing and global small-car projects, says, "US people might require more acceleration. So we are not sure if [the sedan] has marketability or not." If acceleration is a problem, Mitsubishi says it is exploring the use of a downsized turbocharged version of the engine.

The Mirage hatchback is promised to be the most fuel efficient gasoline-powered, non-hybrid car on the market if equipped with the CVT, with an EPA rating of 37 miles per gallon city, 44 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined. But Mitsubishi reportedly expects to sell only 600 Mirages per month in the US - that's just 7,200 cars per year. For comparison, in 2012, Nissan sold 113,327 Versas in the US, Automotive News reports.

Mitsubishi says dealers have responded relatively well to the Mirage, the first new US product since the i-MiEV. They reportedly have already placed 6,600 orders for the hatchback. Be sure to check out some videos of the Mirage sedan Attrage below.








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      PoMoMangler
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsubishi has such a weird dual personality. On the one hand they've made the amazing Evo for a long time and the 3000gt was really impressive, too. 320hp, all wheel drive, and one of the first folding hard top convertibles. On the other hand, their other passenger cars have been some of the most uninspired and unappealing on the market. Would this new Galant be bad? I don't know, but I doubt it's going to offer anything other than a "me too" option.
      Jazzor
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring it... sell it... build it... whatever... I don't give a damn!! Better ready up the next Evo cuz I'm getting effing tired of waiting!!!
      Cyrus Brooks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh how the mighty have fallen. I'm old enough to remember a time when Hyundai made bad Mitsubishi knock offs and Mitsubishi made interesting and exciting vehicles like the Starion, Mirage turbo, Eclipse GS-t GSX, 3000GT VR-4, Galant VR-4 & Lancer Evo. Now Hyundai makes better cars than Mitsubishi.
      PiCASSO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh Hell NO!
      wrestleprocbt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsu, what has happened to you? Loved your offerings years ago with the Montero, the 3000GT, even your mid and lg sedans were sharp. What happened to you guys? I hope someone at Mitsu reads this. Your cars are so boring they aren't even worth considering driving to the dealership to even give a minutes time to check out. Our Mitsu dealer here in town closed a couple years ago. I remember gonig there to see what new features you were putting on vehicles back in the 90's.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should borrow the 1.6L from Nissan that's in the Versa it should be adequate power for this car since they are using the Jatco CVT in the Mirage they could probably cut a deal on engines. 109hp is not blazing fast but it would be adequate for a car this size and get the MPG they want, obviously maybe not enough when loaded with a bunch of people and luggage but for the daily commuter it's enough.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        i agree with that, a 1.2 without any boost (turbo) with a bunch of people is going to be a headache, but a 1.6 is not too bad.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is going on at Mitsubishi??? In the 90s they had a great line up with the Diamonte, Eclipse, 3000, Montero, etc. They are replacing these models years after their demise with two pos misery on wheels turd boxes? Who the heck is managing this mess?
      Merc1
      • 1 Year Ago
      So sad.....talk about hanging around and hanging on for no reason at all. M
        frostillicus80
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Merc1
        Your mother\'s gyno said the same thing during her pregnancy.
          Merc1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @frostillicus80
          Must have taken all your brain power to come up with that one. You can go rest now. M
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @frostillicus80
          That was harsh, the only way you can mention someone's mom is to say she dropped you on the floor as a baby, or that you live in her basement.
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsu must want to compete with the Nissan Versa for "most depressing looking subcompact"... Those tiny wheel arches must make for great rear passenger room, though.
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sad to see this coming from a company that in the 80's and 90's bring so much technology for the market,3000gt twin turbo with hydraulic front and rear spoiler,Galant VR4 all wheel drive,just to name a few and now?
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the car you by right before you give up and jump in front of a train.
      Jared
      • 1 Year Ago
      What the heck is that and who in the world would buy it?
        Seal Rchin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jared
        Same guys who buy Versas.
        Temple
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jared
        People that want a car that can get 44 mpg for $13k. It may be surprising to you but there are a lot of people that see cars as just transportation. To many people its not a status symbol, a source of pleasure, or an area in their lives that they want to invest a lot of their income.
          jcnspots
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Temple
          Exactly right. If I could go buy a new Chevy Metro 3cylinder hatchback- with all of 55 horsepower- I would.
        Cyrus Brooks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jared
        I'm sure it'll do fine in the "developing world" but it doesn't pass the laugh test in the USA. For the price of one of these you'd be better off buying a gently used Civic, Corolla, Focus, or Cruze.
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