• Mitsubishi Mirage G4

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    Mitsubishi’s new B-segment bet, like its hatchback sibling, packs a 1.2-liter, 12-valve, three-cylinder engine that received the corporate Mivec variable valve timing system, which is governed by two camshafts. This engine makes 77hp at 6,000rpm and 100Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, and can be mated to either a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a five-speed manual gearbox.

    Two variants of the Mirage G4, which went on sale late last year, are offered. The first is the GLS, which can easily be identified through its shiny chrome grille, and the other is the GLX, whose grille is finished in black. Also marking the top-spec GLS are its 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps and side mirrors that have turn signals in them. The GLX makes do with 14-inch steel rims with covers.

    In the cabin, the GLS shows off premium-car kit like two-tone, black and white furniture and trim pieces, automatic climate control and an engine start/stop button that’s coupled with the keyless smart entry system. Furthering the variant’s upscale aspirations is an optional (fitted at the dealerships) multimedia audio and navigation system, the functions of which can be accessed or viewed via a 6.5-inch touch-screen panel. It throws in together a DVD and MP3 player; tuner; iPod, USB and auxiliary jacks; Bluetooth connectivity; and an SD card slot. The GLX has a simpler, all-black interior but still gets most of the toys, including an audio unit, air-conditioning, cubbies and cup holders, and a multi-information display on the instrument cluster. BRIAN AFUANG

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