The Cedia has always been offered with a single engine in India, a 1999cc in-line four cylinder engine that is designated 4G63 by Mitsubishi. Despite being the first manufacturer to develop direct injection for gasoline engines, this naturally aspirated engine still sports indirect injection. The American market used to get this same engine rated at 120bhp, but it is rated at 115bhp @ 5250rpm and 175Nm @ 4250rpm for the Indian market. The LPG variant sported sequential injection for the gas, which still is one of the most advanced systems put on sale in our country. It offered good fuel economy with a mere 10% drop in power. The engine has a cast iron block, and belongs to the same family of engines that produced the venerable Evo engines, which have been offered with up to 400bhp from two turbocharged litres. These engines also had a full two-year, 100,000km warranty – something that would give any other manufacturer, including supercar manufacturers, nightmares.
The Cedia’s engine is one of the most refined ones we’ve experienced, price no bar. It is completely silent at low revs and makes a very nice, sporty growl at high revs. It is also enormously flexible, which means it will uncomplainingly haul the car along smartly in any revs at any speed in any gear. When in the powerband, it will respond to every twitch of your right foot. Our testing showed us a 0-100kph time of 11.5 seconds and a quarter mile time of 17.9 seconds at 124.9 kph. (Test figures are indicative since we didn’t test the car on our standard test patch.)
You can stick the Cedia in fourth gear, and depress the right pedal at 30kph, only to have the car pick up speed smartly without so much as a twitch. This supreme flexibility is reflected in the in-gear times of 30-50kph in third gear (4.1 seconds) and in fourth (6.5 seconds) 50-70kph in top gear takes 9.0 seconds.
The shift lever is stubby with short, with positive throws that take a flick of the wrist to engage. Shifting is truly a joy – none of us had a single missed shift no matter how much we hurried the lever through the gate.
We never got the opportunity to put the Cedia through our normal test cycle, so our figure of 9.6kpl is only indicative. The Cedia brochure states it’ll return a smidgen over 13kpl under standard ARAI fuel consumption testing conditions, which is par for the segment.