Life is hard for U.S. Mitsubishi dealers. The brand’s sales are among the industry’s worst and as of October 1, its vehicles were sitting on lots longer than any other automaker except Fiat.
Last year, the company vastly deflated its product portfolio by cutting four of its U.S.-built models from the product lineup. The company vowed to regain volume and a new report from Automotive News suggests executives are considering a sedan version of the Mirage sub-compact hatchback.
“We have to first watch how the Mirage is received in America. Is it selling well?” Mitsunori Kitao, COO of Mitsubishi Motors Thailand Co. told Automotive News.
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Built in Thailand, the Mirage is powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. The pokey five-door currently makes do with only 74 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque. While that’s arguably adequate to power the lightweight hatchback, its sedan sibling is heavier and might feel too slow for U.S. drivers. But sedans are historically more popular with Americans.
“U.S. people might require more acceleration. So we are not sure if it has marketability or not,” says Ryujiro Kobashi, corporate general manager in charge of North America marketing and global small-car projects.
Mitsubishi is considering a turbocharged version of the engine to answer potential power concerns because layout restrictions prevent a larger engine.
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[Source: Automotive News]
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