In the Mitsubishi Attrage Fuel Efficiency Challenge, the saloon achieved a best-in-test fuel consumption figure of 26.4km per litre over nearly 705 kilometres —exceeding the official figure (20.8km/L) by more than 25 percent.
Two unmodified units of the Mitsubishi Attrage (one red, one white) were driven from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and all the way back within a single day.
The start point was the Shell station on Commonwealth Avenue, where both cars were topped up with Shell FuelSave 98. They then had their petrol filler flaps sealed, before being flagged off for their long journey.
The Mitsubishi Attrage has a frugal yet lively 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine with a highly efficient INVECS-III continuously variable transmission. Both cars were driven at the same pace as the surrounding traffic, with ancillaries like air-conditioning and the audio system switched on in order to properly simulate everyday driving conditions.
While the drivers took rest stops along the way to stay fresh, the Attrage proved tireless – even at the Gelang Patah R&R stop near the Malaysia/Singapore border on the return leg, the cars’ fuel gauges had barely crossed the halfway mark after nearly 675km.
When the cars returned to Shell Commonwealth in Singapore, their fuel tanks were unsealed and then refuelled. The final results confirmed that the Attrage has what it takes to go the distance (704.9km) and a little further beyond that. The white unit consumed 26.73 litres of fuel and averaged 26.4km per litre, and the red unit consumed 29.46 litres of fuel and averaged 24km per litre.
With the Attrage having a 42-litre fuel tank, the white car used in the challenge could have completed a distance of more than 1110 kilometres. That is 23 days’ worth of driving for the typical Singaporean driver (based on LTA’s 2015 statistic of 17,500km average annual mileage), all on one relatively small tankful of petrol.
“While it may be tough to achieve the same results in the kind of start-stop traffic we have in Singapore, the cars used in the challenge were nevertheless driven on real roads under real conditions. The fact that they exceeded the official mileage claim shows that the Mitsubishi Attrage is an inherently fuel-efficient car,” said Alvyn Ang, director or Cycle & Carriage Mitsubishi operations.
“It is definitely the ideal car for any driver who wishes to stretch their motoring dollar. After all, there are better things in life to spend money on than fuel.”
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