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The Mitsubishi Attrage was officially launched in Malaysia this morning after months of teasing and previews. The Attrage is a B-segment sedan that shares underpinnings with the Mitsubishi Mirage, and like the hatchback that was launched here a year ago, it is imported from Thailand.

The Attrage was launched in the Land of Smiles in July, and in the four months that it has went on sale there, close to 10,000 units have found owners, an encouraging number in a very competitive segment, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia Tetsuya Oda pointed out.

The Attrage is powered by the same 3A92 1.2 litre three-cylinder engine as the Mirage. Here, the MIVEC engine makes 80 PS and 106 Nm of torque (78 PS/100 Nm in the Mirage), and majors on fuel efficiency. The headline figure is 21 km/l as measured in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Choose between a five-speed manual and an INVECS-III continuously variable transmission (CVT).

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The spectacular claimed FC figure is also helped by a low kerb weight of only 875 kg for the M/T and 905 kg for the CVT models. A low drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd also plays its part.

It’s pretty much par for the course under the skin. The Attrage is suspended by front McPherson struts and a rear torsion beam. Brakes consist of front ventilated discs and rear drums. The rack-and-pinion steering system has a best-in-class 4.8-metre turning radius. All variants roll on 15-inch alloys and 185/55 tyres.

Size wise, the smallest Mitsubishi sedan measures 4,245 mm long and 1,670 mm wide, which translates to a slightly smaller footprint than a Honda City, for instance (170 mm shorter, 25 mm narrower), although the Attrage’s 2,550 mm wheelbase is equal to both the City and latest Toyota Vios. It’s also 100 mm longer than the Mirage’s 2,450 mm wheelbase. The boot can take in 450 litres of cargo, or three golf bags.

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The Attrage is available in three variants – GL, GS and SE. The base GL is available in manual only, and the GS and SE specs are exclusively CVT. All variants come with dual-airbags and ABS with EBD.

The GS trim level features items such as keyless entry with push-start button, leather-wrapped steering wheel/gear knob, digital automatic air con and remote boot release. The stereo for both GL and GS is a 2-DIN unit with USB and AUX-in.

The SE adds more in the way of kit, with a body kit, LED daytime running lights, security window film, leather seats (black with red stitching) and a 2-DIN touchscreen audio unit with USB, AUX-in and reverse camera.

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Available in five colours, the Mitsubishi Attrage is priced from RM59,212 for the GL M/T, rising to RM67,978 for the GS CVT. The SE CVT with all the bells and whistles will cost you RM75,796. All prices are on-the-road without insurance. The car comes with a three-year or 100,000 km warranty, plus a year of free maintenance.

UPDATE: The white car above (more pics in the gallery below) is equipped with three optional packages – Aero Package, Chrome Package and Interior Package. For non SE models, the RM3,899 Aero Package includes a front and rear airdam, DRLs and side skirts. For all variants, the RM899 Chrome Package consists of a rear lip spoiler, muffler cutter and window visors. The RM999 Interior Package adds on scuff plates, shift knob with logo Ralliart logo, luggage tray, armrest console and key fob cover. Full list in the gallery below.

Read our review of the Mitsubishi Attrage here.