Mitsubishi unveiled the new generation Colt at the Paris Auto Show. Depending upon the market, the next generation Colt (except Clear Tec variants) will be launched in Europe in October / November 2008.
The new 2009 Mitsubishi Colt will be available with a choice of three petrol engines: a 1.1 with 75 PS and 100 Nm of torque, a 1.3 liter with 95 PS and 125 Nm and a 1.5 liter with 109 PS and 145 Nm of torque. For the transmission the 2009 Mitsubishi Colt offers a choice between the 5-speed manual and the AllShift automated manual gearbox.
The new Colt series also reflects Mitsubishi Motors’ strong commitment to the environment. The low-CO2 Colt Clear Tec model is powered by a 1.1- or 1.3-liter engine which incorporates the company’s AS&G (auto stop-&-go) idling stop system. In addition, the 1.3-liter Colt Clear Tec FFV caters to growing demand for flexible-fuel vehicles.
Few days ago we brought you a teaser image that was believed to be a new Mitsubishi model set to be revealed at the Paris Auto Show. But it appears will not be a new model, is just the facelift version of the Colt. Here are the first official images.
The 2009 Colt features a restyled front end that combines the Lancer’s trademark black grille with a new set of headlamps and a redesigned bumper. Changes at the rear are limited to a restyled bumper and in the case of the 5door Colt, new tail lamps. Although small car are becoming popular in the U.S., there has been no word if this generation of the Colt will land on these shores.
Mitsubishi announced a new version of the 2008 Ralliart Version-R, the Version-R Special. Technically speaking there’s no change whatsoever to either the engine bay or the engine itself, but a major improvement has been made to the car’s rigidity.
Thanks to the adoption of Continuous Welding Mitsubishi succeeded in increasing rigidity by 10%, providing better handling response and decreased rolling.
The Colt Ralliart Version R Special is powered by a turbocharged 1.5 liter 4 cylinder engine that delivers 163 hp.
Mitsubishi will unveil at Frankfurt Motor Show the 2008 Colt, best-seller status for Mitsubishi Motors in the region. Since Mitsubishi launched the Colt, in 2004 there were 205,561 cars (3-door, 5-door and coupe-cabriolet included) sold. New Colt has successfully re-established the “Colt” nameplate in many a major European market, like Italy (9,122 units for CY2006 / + 8% in Europe’s largest B-segment market) or Germany (20,129 sales for CY2006 where it commands a 3.5% market share in the segment).
The Mitsubishi Colt has earned its stripes – with the launch of two special edition Black Hawk models. Both are based on three-door versions of Mitsubishi’s funky hatchback, the distinctive Black Hawk styling giving the car’s already fun and sporty looks an additional dose of street-cred.
The Version R is joined in the marketplace by the Colt Plus Ralliart, which applies the same powertrain and similar interior enhancements to the more practical Colt Plus wagon. Its exterior styling is slightly more subdued than the hot-rodded Version R.