Mitsubishi has confirmed it will build a compact car for Chrysler, based on the new Mirage sedan known overseas as the ‘Attrage’.
Bound for Chrysler’s Mexican showrooms, the new light sedan will be built alongside the Mirage models at Mitsubishi’s Laem Chabang plant in Thailand.
The five-year deal will boost output at the Laem Chabang plant, with an existing Triton and Navara production deal set to end when Nissan opens its own new Thai facility in Samut Prakarn.
Chrysler will be looking to the new model to boost sales in the growing Mexican market, where the light-car segment already represents 23 percent of the nation’s new-car sales.
The American carmaker is already the sole distributor for Mitsubishi models in Mexico, continuing a relationship begun in 2003.
Details of the new Chrysler-badged car have not been revealed, but with Mitsubishi not expected to launch the Attrage under its own name in Mexico, it’s likely that little about its look and mechanical package will be changed.
The new Mirage sedan will make its Australian debut this month, joining the existing Mirage hatch.