Mitsubishi's Concept G4 makes global debut
By David Szondy
March 26, 2013
Mitsubishi has pulled the wraps off its Concept G4 sedan at the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show. Billed by Mitsubishi as a “new compact eco car sedan,” it presents a mixture of weight savings and aerodynamic styling, which the company plans to roll out globally when the concept enters production.
Like many concepts, Mitsubishi gives center stage to the Concept G4’s aesthetics, with references to its “diamond motif in the design of the front grille” and “dynamic character” and the car certainly does give off an air of restrained power and a blunt version of aerodynamic sleekness.
However, it’s a bit tall for its size. This is due to Mitsubishi fitting the Concept G4 with large doors for easy entrance and exit, higher seats for passenger comfort and more room for rear passengers. Also, despite the diamond motif, the grille and headlamps do come across as a Cylon that’s a bit peeved.
Mitsubishi puts an emphasis on the weight savings in the Concept G4, such as its incorporation of the company’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body, a rigid monocoque body of high-tensile steel with energy absorbing front and rear sections that, the company claims, make the Concept G4 the lightest in its class.
There aren't a lot of details about what’s going on under the bonnet, but Mitsubishi says that the Concept G4 uses a lightweight (no surprise) engine and a continuously variable transmission with sub-gear train. There isn't much on performance either, though the company does describe its handling as “reassuring.”
No production date or pricing has been announced.
The 34th Bangkok International Motor Show runs March 25 through April 7.