Paris 2008: Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart and Colt five-door – Autoblog

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Paris 2008: Mitsubishi Ralliart and Colt five-door

above for a high-res gallery of the Colt Ralliart


Next Generation Colt

Junior. –

Hot on the heels of the Lancer family, the next Colt unveiled today at the Motor Show – Mitsubishi Motors Europe expansion into the passenger car with a full line-up of designed quality products its signature Jet Fighter grille.

upon the market, the next Colt (except Clear Tec will be launched in Europe in / November 2008.

As previously the all cars will be built at Motors’ NedCar plant in (The Netherlands) with a of production scheduled for this


Whilst the new Lancer up where the last Carisma / / Galant left a few years ago in the the next generation Colt is the successor to the car that put Mitsubishi on the B-segment map since mid-2004.

units** later and with a rate of 80%, Mitsubishi has wished to capitalize on this and follow up with a grown-up but distinctive product***:

more in with the brand’s identity new design signature Jet Fighter

more in line with its (new 3- and 5-door Ralliart models)

more in line the latest market trends 1.1 and 1.3 Clear Tec variants)

more (less distinction between 3- and variants than before)

… (perceived quality, flexibility, comfort features, driving dynamics)

More than ever with its of junior member of the Mitsubishi of passenger cars, Colt is to fight in a highly competitive of the European market where a of new/renewed entries tends to a stable volume of 4,000,000+

Essential to Mitsubishi’s overall target / natural weight in esp. at a time the market is – Colt is also a key in its CO2 strategy, combining relatively volume (± 65,000 vs. total Mitsubishi sales of 250,000 units/year) + small (1.1, 1.3 and 1.5) + forthcoming Tec variants*.

Clear Tec versions* with Colt’s so-called Low CO2 will feature – others – Automatic Go (ASG) and regenerative braking leading to an improvement of over 10% in of CO2 emissions (according to variant/engine figure subject to final A dedicated Flex Fuel variant* will also be of the Clear Tec program for Colt. As the Colt Clear Tecs* be the B-segment low emission companions to the new Euro 5 Diesel Lancer, with MMC’s all-new engine to be launched next as well.

Form follows content.

As the of a family rich with a sporting heritage, the next Colt gets closer to its Lancer siblings introducing an design thoroughly refreshed by Design Europe, the studio first created the well-received generation Colt.

Trading the high stance of its predecessor for a and wider attitude, it first with the adoption of a rather full Jet Fighter grille with all-new body fore the A-pillar.

Notwithstanding, the to this bold but consistent new identity is very neatly in Colt’s overall design Same goes for the muscular of the front fenders and the complementing new headlamps, all inspired by the new Lancer and all to a stronger on-road presence, but to an improved level of pedestrian

The side view offers a elongated window line to black sash foils on the C- and D-pillars (D-pillar only for body) and blacked-out sills.

but not least, a new rear end design for the body (wrap-around and slimmer lower rear combination new liftgate stamping, more bumper) adds character visually lowering and widening the car Changes at the rear of the distinctive body consist essentially in a new and new (dark finish) lamp

New wheels complement the new exterior including dark finish 5-spokes for the two Ralliart variants, of the 2009 Lancer Ralliart’s but of traditional Japanese sports of the 60’s and 70’s starting Mitsubishi’s own 1973 Lancer GSR.

and content supports

To give substance to the Mitsubishi car claim both Colts and also offer incremental of driving dynamics from 75 ps 3 cylinder 1.1 Colt to iconic 295 ps 2.0 Lancer Evolution.

In line Mitsubishi’s brand heritage and confirmed through the introduction of the name plate and tuning Lancer (240 ps 2.0 turbo / 4- or a new Colt Ralliart (150 ps 1.5 / 3- or 5-door) is introduced.

Compared to the Colt CZT and in addition to a stronger the Colt Ralliart suspension has amended in eight different for sharper driving dynamics, reduced body roll to a thicker front stabilizer

In the new Colt line-up, the Ralliart not replaces the previous 3-door CZT but also expands the scope and of sporting Colt through the of a new 5-door variant which represent 40% of the Ralliart volume. similar to the new 3-door Colt it adds the convenience of two rear and of a more pragmatic rear flexibility, whilst treating its with slightly more suspension.

Beyond Ralliart

Just as its the next generation Colt a full range of engines.

1.1 1.3 Petrol* 1.5 Petrol

Displacement cc 1,332 cc 1,499 cc

Max. 75 ps @ 6,000 rpm 95 ps @ 6,000 rpm 109 ps @ 6,000 rpm

torque 100 Nm @ 4,000 rpm 125 Nm @ 4,000 rpm 145 Nm @ rpm

Max speed** 165 km/h 180 km/h 190

Mitsubishi Colt

* 5 M/T or AllShiftTM automated manual

** Where legal

However it comes to Diesel engines, the of:

the feasibility to upgrade the previous 1.5 to clear Euro 5,

the rather low of Diesel Colts sold 2004 (only 13% of the mix),

the increasing retail price of fuel eating away of the cost benefits to the customer,

all led Motors to the decision to drop power altogether from the generation Colt range.

Instead and thinking longer Mitsubishi has developed for Colt a of Low CO2 solutions*. Under the umbrella of Clear Tec, they be launched during the Spring of incl. ASG-equipped package and FFV

Grown up

The next generation is also a better / nicer to spend long hours of be it in suburban traffic jams or for stretches of motorway with driven by customer feedback the past 4 years:

– Motors engineers have a lot of time and energy to achieve level of NVH (Noise Vibration Implementation of measures such as damping sheet, extra pads, increased pad density led to a substantial reduction of noise putting Colt ahead of its competitors (Objective measurements an improvement of 5% points using the Motors Europe Articulation test).

– Mitsubishi Europe’s Color Trim went the same way with subtle Quadrat graining for the upper padding of the dashboard with higher quality material.

– This dresses up a redesigned dashboard numerous elements are now shared the Lancer family (steering digital information display, instrument lighting. ), better components (audio system. ), the overall youthful feeling of the Colt provided by light translucent elements has been down using a combination of and silver finish instead.

– Enhanced equipment was part of the development, including new such as: cruise control, Stop Signal System, home lighting, AUX plug in unit or gear shift

– Lastly, mirroring Sportback’s claim (a lot of style + a bit of the next generation Colt a better use of its vast interior with the introduction of new features to its flexibility such as a full floor (now, without the rear seats a feature not essential by customers) and an adjustable floor height leading to an cargo volume (from 854 l for the Colt to 1,032 l now).


* Tec variants: Spring 2009 / details at a later stage. according to models markets.

** to July 2008 excl. and the Ukraine.

*** Percentage of carry-over compared to previous Colt 5-door, 1.3, 5 M/T, 35.1%

Note: All figures are to final homologation.

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