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The 2006-14 Dodge Attitude, sold in Mexico, was a Hyundai with (some) Dodge badging. The new 2015 Dodge Attitude is a Mitsubishi, which has been made over more effectively, so that its Mitsubishi Attrage origin is hidden — at least, from the front.
“Mr. Source” provided the photo and some information about the new car, which sells in one of Mexico’s largest segments. There are two trim levels, SE and SXT, both of which come with a 1.2 liter, three-cylinder engine producing 79 hp and 78 lb-ft, and using a five-speed manual or a CVT. The base price is well under the equivalent of US$11,000.
Fuel economy is best in class, estimated at 47 mpg city, 63.5 highway (this is not directly comparable to US EPA estimates).
The trunk is 450 liters (15.9 cubic feet), which is quite spacious — not far from that of the current Chrysler 300C (16.4 cubic feet, or 500 liters), which is 199 inches long to the Attitude’s 167 inches.
The car is well featured for the class — starting at under 158,000 pesos (currently, around US$10,800). It has front ventilated-disc brakes and rear drums, with an independent McPherson front suspension and rigid rear axle; the SXT adds a front stabilizer bar. The SE has 14 inch wheels, the SXT has 15 inch wheels (overall diameter is similar with 175/65R14 vs 185/55R15 tires).
The Attitude includes front driver and passenger airbags, power locks, hands-free phone controls, LED third brake light, filtered air conditioning, remote-opening gas cap, trip computer, steering-wheel audio, front electric windows (and rear on SXT), a rear defroster, and numerous other features. The standard stereo is a Sony with CD, USB, and iPod input — but only two speakers on SE, four on SXT. All but the SE with manual transmission have antilock brakes and electronic brake distribution.
There are just five colors, black, gray, silver, red, and white.
Crash protection includes high-strength steels, front airbags, three-point belts on all seats, child-seat anchoring, and height-adjusting headrests.
Inside, there is a map holder, cupholders, hooks, and other storage conveniences. All versions have keyless entry and an engine stop/start button instead of a key-switch. Fog lamps with chrome bezels are optional.
The Dodge Attitude and Mitsubishi Attrage are based on the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage subcompact hatchback, shown below. This car will be sold by FCA in Mexico as well, as they are Mitsubishi’s local distributors.
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