In that sense, the next generation Mitsubishi Colt gets closer to its sharp Mitsubishi Lancer siblings introducing an exterior design thoroughly refreshed by Mitsubishi Design Europe.
Following 267,000 units of the first generation Colt Mitsubishi Motors has wished to capitalize on this success and follow up with a grown-up (only ± 35% carry-over parts) but still distinctive product:
more in line with the brand’s identity (sharper new design & signature “Jet Fighter” grille)
more in line with its positioning (new 3- and 5-door Ralliart sporty models)
more in line with the latest market trends (forthcoming 1.1 and 1.3 Clear Tec variants)
more consistent (less distinction between Mitsubishi Colt 3-door and 5-door variants than before)
more mature (perceived quality, cargo flexibility, comfort features, NVH, driving dynamics)
Trading the MPV-like high stance of its predecessor for a lower and wider attitude, it first strikes with the adoption of a rather in-your-face full “Jet Fighter” grille together with all-new body panels fore the A-pillar, all contributing to a stronger on-road presence, but also to an improved level of pedestrian safety.
The side view offers a more elongated window line thanks to black sash foils applied on the C- and D-pillars (D-pillar only for Mitsubishi Colt 5-door body) and blacked-out sills.
At the back, a wrap-around and slimmer backlight, lower rear combination lamps, a new liftgate stamping and more elaborated bumper design add character whilst visually lowering and widening the car considerably (5-door only).
In line with Mitsubishi’s brand heritage & positioning, a new Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart (150 PS 1.5 turbo) is introduced, available for the first time in 5-door form as well.
Compared to the previous Mitsubishi Colt CZT and in addition to a stronger structure, the Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart suspension has been amended in eight different points for sharper driving dynamics, including reduced body roll thanks to a thicker front stabilizer bar.
In parallel to the existing petrol engines (1.1 / 75ps, 1.3 / 95ps, 1.5 / 109ps), Mitsubishi will introduce new “low CO2″ variants of the next generation Mitsubishi Colt, under the umbrella name of “Clear Tec”.
They will feature – amongst others – “Automatic Stop & Go” (AS&G) and regenerative braking technologies, leading to an improvement of over 10% in terms of CO2 emissions (according to variant/engine – figure subject to final homologation).
A dedicated “Flex Fuel” (FFV) variant will also be part of the Clear Tec program for Mitsubishi Colt.
Considering the rather low volume of Diesel Colts sold since 2004 (only 13% of the mix) and the ever increasing retail price of Diesel fuel eating away most of the cost benefits to the customer, Clear Tec packages will replace the previous Diesel powertrain in the Mitsubishi Colt range.
The next generation Mitsubishi Colt is also a better / nicer place to spend long hours of driving with changes driven by customer feedback over the past 4 years, including lower level of NVH (Noise – Vibration – Harshness), redesigned dashboard, new higher quality trim, enhanced equipment and revised rear seating flexibility leading to an increased cargo volume (from 854 l for the previous Mitsubishi Colt to 1,032 l now).