2016 Mitsubishi Attrage-01

The Mitsubishi Attrage has been updated, and the 2016 model is now on sale in Thailand. The sedan sister of the Mirage doesn’t get the hatchback’s recent facelift, but there are new features, first in class safety technology and improved fuel economy.

The MY06 Attrage is now equipped with the Radar Sensing Misacceleration Mitigation System – Forward (RMS-Forward) and Forward Collision Mitigation System – Low Speed Range (FCM-LS) in the GLS and GLS-LTD trim levels (the other is the base GLX).

FCM-LS alerts the driver of possible forward collisions with audio and visual warnings, while RMS-Forward can cut engine power when the driver unintentionally accelerates into obstacles. Both are good in preventing fender benders and are previously unheard of in this segment.

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Other safety systems previously in place include dual airbags, ABS/EBD/BA, stability control, hill start assist, pretensioner seat belts and a reverse camera. Visuals from the latter are shown on a 6.5-inch 2DIN head unit with navigation on the GLS-LTD or a 6.2-inch touchscreen HU on the GLS and GLX. The audio system is linked to steering wheel buttons with voice command and a USB port in the glove box.

Other available interior features include leather with red stitching, piano black trim across the cabin, a “semi high contrast” meter panel, auto air-con, keyless entry with push start and MMC’s Electronic Time and Alarm Control System (ETACS) which can be manipulated to activate things such as auto door lock, welcome lights, coming home lights and emergency stop signal, among other things.

No exterior changes except for dark chrome trim on the grille and 15-inch alloys, for the GLS-LTD.

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The Attrage continues to use the 3A92 1.2 litre MIVEC engine, paired to either a five-speed manual (GLX only) or a CVT. The three-cylinder Euro 5 unit makes 78 PS and 100 Nm, lower than the current Malaysian car’s 80 PS/106 Nm. The previous claimed fuel economy figure was 22.2 km/l, but Mitsubishi now claims 23.3 km/l and C02 emissions of 99 g/km, which conforms to Thailand’s Ecocar II rules.

The updated MY06 Attrage is available in six body colours (Wine Red is new) and a wide range of optional accessories. It is priced from 456,000 baht (RM55,062) to 594,000 baht (RM71,726) in the Land of Smiles.

The Attrage’s unique selling point is its fuel economy, which is 21 km/l in the European NEDC driving cycle, as claimed by Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia. We’ve managed to surpass that by consciously being lightfooted, but even in normal driving, the Attrage is very fuel efficient. Read our test drive report for more.