The Mitsubishi Mirage provides good evidence that there’s no such thing as bad press. Despite myriad negative reviews of this cheap subcompact hatchback, sales have far exceeded expectations in the U.S., leading Mitsubishi to show a new sedan version called the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 at the 2014 Mitsubishi Owners Day in California this Saturday, July 12.
Although a Mitsubishi spokesperson said the company is still evaluating whether this model will come to the U.S. or not, we think the Mirage G4’s appearance at this U.S. event means it’s likely to come to our shores soon. We previously reported on the possibility of a Mirage sedan coming to the U.S. when Mitsubishi debuted the Mirage G4 concept last year. The Mitsubishi Mirage G4, which stands for global four-door sedan, is already on sale elsewhere as the Mitsubishi Attrage and would make a lot of sense in the U.S., especially considering Americans’ traditional aversion to hatchbacks. The Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback has already sold 8267 copies in the U.S. through June, so a sedan model could help bolster these relatively successful numbers even further.
A U.S. version of the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan would presumably share its basic specs with the Mirage hatch, meaning that it will be powered by the same 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that makes a paltry 74 hp. This low power rating does result in high fuel economy, though, as the Mirage hatchback is the cheapest car to get over 40 mpg with its EPA rating of 37 city, 44 highway with the optional CVT (a five-speed manual is standard).
It’s possible that the Mirage sedan could undercut the hatchback in price. If Mitsubishi goes far enough under the hatchback’s base price of $13,805 with destination, the Mitsubishi Mirage sedan could challenge the $12,800 Nissan Versa for the title of “cheapest new car in the U.S.”
Stay tuned to hear more news about the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 and its likely appearance in the U.S. market within the next year.