For those folks who regularly hail Transport Network Vehicle Service rides such as Grab, chances are that the car you often get is a Mitsubishi Mirage G4. Ever since its introduction to the local market in 2013, the Mirage G4 has become a visible sight on our roads.
Powered by a 1.2L engine that puts out a rather paltry 77 bhp, and 74 lb-ft of torque, this little number isn’t exactly built for speed (with a 0-100km/h time of 12.8 seconds) despite being fitted with Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC). This is especially true if it comes with the INVECS (Intelligent and Innovative Vehicle Electronic Control System) III or CVT gearbox.
So what makes it so appealing to Grab or TNVS drivers, you ask?
The size: With a length of 4,305mm, width of 1,670mm, and height of 1,515mm, the G4 slots easily into tight spaces on our gridlocked streets. Moreover, it can snake its way into many an Eskinita and squeeze into most if not all parking spaces.
It’s got decent space inside: While it may be smallish on the outside, it’s got ample head- and legroom inside. The sedan configuration with a wheelbase of 2,550mm means it can sit four in relative comfort (five in a pinch). This sure beats taking public transport, right?
It’s fuel efficient: Remember that diminutive lump? Yes, it isn’t fast but it is remarkably fuel efficient. Fuel consumption is pegged at around 14km/L and can even reach as high as 21km/L on the highway as per Mitsubishi’s claims. Imagine the savings you get when using this car for your dally run in and around the city.
For most people, this is essentially all the car they’ll ever need—especially when looking for safe, reliable transportation. Can you think of other reasons why the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is the ideal TNVS car?