Mitsubishi Attrage Foreign Review: "About its manufacturing that does not compromise despite its cheap price" by Satoshi Saito
|by Satoshi Saitoh||Sat, 30 May 2015 20:00:04 +0900|
This high demand 4-door vehicle was developed based on the platform of the Mirage. The Attrage was created by extending the former's full-length to 525mm and wheelbase to 100mm.
Similar to the Mirage, it is manufactured at the third plant of Mitsubishi Motors Thailand, located in Laem Chabang Industrial Estate. It acquired the eco-car certification from the Thai government. Other than in Malaysia, it is currently being sold in the Philippines. It is an entry sedan for developing countries.
The engine is 3A92-type 1.2-liter DOHC3-cylinder. It is provided with 5-speed MT and CVT. I test drove its CVT.
It creates a sound which is like that of a thin steel plate when getting on the driver's seat and closing the door. It shares common dashboard and instrument paned designs with the Mirage. Although the Mirage has a similar image, its rear seat is different. You'll notice that the floor is wide when the door is open. The rear seat floor is wider because of the extended wheelbase.
I was concerned about the effect of the extended wheelbase on its body rigidity.
It was, however, more stable than I imagined when I started driving. It tends to receive a false impression, because the Mirage originally has a soft suspension. However, its body is considerably stable. The sedan Attrage's body is decent. They created this vehicle to make the customers ask, "What kind of vehicle does Mitsubishi want to sell?"
They extensively used a high-tensile steel on the frame, which is one of this vehicle's features. They applied a 980MPa grade on a certain part, a 590MPa grade on the basic frame, and a 440MPa grade mainly on the floor.
Since the body is stable, the suspension moves well, and when you look at it from the outside, the stability seems uncompromised even during hard cornering, similar to a suspension full droop. When you compare it to the Mirage, it has a more calm motion because the wheelbase is extended. Rather than its speed, its quiet and smooth running performance is its specialty.
It is good that it is a combination of a 1.2-liter engine and CVT.
Typically, CVT skillfully draws out broad engine characteristics of the torque band. It gives a smooth and powerful acceleration. I believe it is quite a practical engine, considering the traffic conditions in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
I drove the Attrage and once again felt that it has a steady manufacturing. The tuning from its body, the suspension, up to the tires are in good condition and are without compromise despite being a relatively cheap vehicle. I think that it is very good.
■5 Star Rating
Power Source: ★★★★
(※From the point of view in Asia)
Satoshi Saito｜Automotive Journalist
He is particularly well-versed in technologies related to automobile operations and in doing analyses related to maneuverability. Plainly speaking, he wants to share and tell many people about the fun in driving a vehicle. With this point of view, he contributes reviews to magazines and websites. He is interested about tires, which is what unites the vehicle and the road. He is skilled in writing test drive reports related to tires. In addition, he is well informed about the importance of awareness and promotion of safe driving. He is working as an instructor in various driving schools.
(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)