Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Making U.S. Debut

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Mitsubishi plans to draw thousands of fans to its annual Mitsubishi Owner's Day (MOD) event this weekend, and joining those crowds will be a pair of vehicles being displayed in the U.S. for the first time. Marking its first appearance in North America, the 2013 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept will be on display, but with more immediate sales potential, the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan will be making its U.S. debut.
But if you are hoping for a sedan version of the Mitsubishi Mirage in the U.S., don’t get your hopes up just yet. Mitsubishi PR manager Alex Fedorak said “the G4 release does not mean we have made a decision yet to bring in the car.” That being said, the Mirage hatchback is proving to be a “hot-selling” car, according to Mitsubishi’s press release. Mitsubishi sold more Mirage hatchbacks in June than it did all Lancer models, and the Mirage is currently only slightly behind the aging Lancer for year-to-date sale to become the automaker’s second-best selling car in the U.S.

The Mirage G4 made its North American debut earlier in the year at the Montreal Motor Show, and before that, the car was revealed and went on sale in parts of Asia as the Mitsubishi Attrage. Mitsubishi recently announced that the Thailand-built Attrage would be sold in Mexico as a rebadged Chrysler de Mexico product, which has not been officially announced yet.

Looking a bit further down the road, the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept could signal a future utility vehicle with some sort of electrification, and visitors to MOD will be among the first in the U.S. to get a look at this stylish concept. The XR-PHEV Concept was unveiled last year at the Tokyo Motor Show, and there’s a good chance that it could hint at a next-gen Outlander Sport.

Of course, if you’re not into any of these cars, the MOD event is likely to draw more than 1,200 Mitsubishi cars, so there’s bound to be something there to whet your whistle including the Mitsubishi MiEV III race car that just won the Electric Vehicle racing division at the Pikes Peak hill climb. Best of all, this show is free, and it will be held at the Mitsubishi North American headquarters located in Cypress, CA.
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