Hello, Mirage G4

Bonanza International Speedway, Thailand - The Mitsubishi Mirage has a sedan brother - the Mirage G4. The stylish four-door sedan is powered by the same 1.2 liter engine as the hatchback variant. The Mirage G4 will be launched in the Philippine market in the last quarter of the year, says our good friend Froy Dytianquin, VP for Marketing Services of MMPC.

While I write this, we are viewing the Mirage G4's being driven around the new race track located in this complex north east of Thailand. The Philippine motoring media will drive the new Mirage G4 after the test drive runs of the American and Thai press.

The Mirage G4 is named after the "Attrage" in the ASEAN markets, the one coined from the first and last syllables of "attractive Mirage." At first glance, attractive is the first adjective that comes to mind. Its entry in the Philippine market will surely attract what will be a remarkable portion of someone's market share in the subcompact category.

There is no price yet for the Mirage G4 but it will be a "little higher" that the Mirage that was launched in the local market only in November last year. That Mirage set the remarkable feat of gathering a waiting list of 2,500 units before it was finally launched in November from the time it was unveiled at the Philippine International Motors Show in August 2012. The Mirage GLX base model and GLA top-of-the-line model is priced at P498,000 and P638,000, respectively.

Since the deadline for this article is before our turn to test drive the Mirage G4, we shall write about how it handles next week. But from the good memories of driving the Mirage hatchback, we shall expect a drive with "fun" in the next hour.

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