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It’s the season of previews, both for upcoming Frankfurt and Malaysian launches. Last Friday we scooped the 2013 Toyota Vios in the flesh during its on-going Vios Spot & Snap Cruisers programme, and now we have live photos of the soon-arriving Mitsubishi Attrage, taken at Paradigm Mall over the weekend.

It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, of course, as we’ve already had a spyshot gallery of a Malaysian-spec Attrage last week. In the public preview though, the new 80 PS, 106 Nm 1.2 litre sedan was dressed up in full SE spec, replete with a set of factory bodykit and LED daytime running lights.

UPDATE: The Attrage is now launched in Malaysia – click here for the launch report.

Also available at the stand were the new sedan’s full spec sheet and brochure, which you can see in the gallery below. The top spec SE carries a tentative price tag of RM78,000, while the GS, sans the bodykit, DRLs, security window film, leather seats and 2-DIN touchscreen head unit with reverse camera brings it down to RM71,000.

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The base CVT variant, the GL, loses out on the keyless entry and push start system, remote trunk release, auto air-con and leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, but is more affordable at RM65,000. As announced earlier, the five-speed manual Attrage GL dips below the RM60,000 mark. Dual airbags, ABS with EBD, 15-inch wheels and foglights are standard across the range, as is a claimed fuel economy of 21 km per litre.

The local B-segment scene sure is heating up this year. Kia threw down the gauntlet first with its RM74-80k Rio hatchback, which was then met head-on by the revitalised RM75k Honda Jazz. Next up will be the facelifted Ford Fiesta’s debut later this month, followed closely by the much-awaited 2013 Toyota Vios sometime in October.

The Mitsubishi Attrage will enter the market last in November, joining the crowded segment already occupied by the Nissan Almera, Honda City, Mitsu’s own Mirage and of course, if you look at prices alone, the new Proton Suprima S. You can read our preview drive report of the Attrage in Thailand to find out if it’s worth waiting for.

 

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