Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will launch its next-generation global compact sedan, to be named Attrage, in the Thai market this July. Powered by a 1.2L MIVEC engine, the Attrage is projected to deliver fuel economy of 22 km/liter (51.8 mpg US, 4.5 L/100km) on the NEDC.
|Attrage. Click to enlarge.|
As such, Attrage will qualify for the Thai government’s Eco-car Project, which requires minimum fuel economy of 20 km/L, Euro 4 emissions, an investment of more than THB5 billion (US$168 million) into production in Thailand, and production of more than 100,000 units per year after the fifth year of production.
The Attrage features a lightweight RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body—the lightest in its class due to the extensive use of high-tensile steel. The 1.2-liter MIVEC is matched to a CVT with sub-geartrain or 5-speed manual. The car has a drag coefficient (CD) of 0.29, among the best in its class.
Attrage will be produced at MMC subsidiary Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co. Ltd.’s third factory at the Laem Chabang Industrial Estate in Chonburi province in Thailand.