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Chrysler to sell re-badged Mitsubishi sedan in China

Chrysler is trying to boost its presence in the world\'s largest new car market.

A new report coming out of Japan indicates Chrysler will attempt to boost its presence on the Chinese market by launching a re-badged version of the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan (pictured) that was presented at the Montreal Motor Show.

Rumors indicate Chrysler's yet-unnamed sedan will slot beneath the 200 as an entry-level offering. It will be built by Mitsubishi in Thailand and exported to China so it will cost more than similarly-sized cars assembled locally, but Chrysler plans to justify the price hike by billing the sedan as a more premium model.

Chrysler has not announced what the sedan will be powered by. The Canadian-spec Mirage G4 uses a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that sends 74 horsepower and 74 lb-ft. of torque to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. Buyers who prefer a two-pedal setup can order a continuously variable transmission (CVT) at an extra cost.

Additional details about Chrysler's upcoming Mitsubishi-based sedan will be announced next week, and the car is expected to make its debut at a major Chinese auto show early next year. The small sedan will be sold in China and in a host of neighboring countries but Chrysler is not planning on selling it in the United States or in Europe.

The Mirage isn't the only Mitsubishi model scheduled to join the Fiat - Chrysler lineup in the near future. Earlier this month, Fiat suggested it will sell a re-badged version of the Mitsubishi L200 pickup truck in Europe and in a host of global markets starting in 2016.

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