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Mitsubishi previews G4 concept ahead of Shanghai debut

by Ronan Glon

The G4 is billed as a close-to-production concept.

Mitsubishi has announced that it will display the G4 concept at the Shanghai Motor Show that will open its doors in China later this week. The car made its public debut at a small event in Bangkok, Thailand, earlier this year but its unveiling went largely unnoticed outside of the country's borders.

Billed as a close-to-production concept, the G4 previews a small four-door sedan that borrows its platform from the compact Mirage hatchback. The futuristic blue lights and radiator grille were designed for the auto show circuit but the rest of the car looks nearly ready to hit showrooms and it is not expected to undergo any major modifications.

The G4 is likely powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that sends 74 horsepower and 74 lb-ft. of torque to the front wheels via either a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT. The sedan will be considerably lighter than most cars in its class thanks to a body made out of high-tensile steel.

After greeting the show-going public in Shanghai, the Thailand-built G4 will get a new name and join the Mitsubishi lineup in Asia and in Europe. The Japanese automaker has not announced whether or not its latest sedan be offered in the United States to take on the Chevrolet's four-door Sonic.

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