Mitsubishi hints at future subcompact with Global Small Concept

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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North American small car fans have long held hopes of being able to buy the same award-winning B-segment Colt as is available in other markets, but to no avail. It's not that Mitsubishi doesn't see how a subcompact model could fit into its North American product strategy, but more so that the current car can't be produced at a price that would afford a profit if sold here. Enter the next generation Colt.

Mitsubishi hasn't formally announced that the new Global Small Concept introduced in Geneva this week is the upcoming eighth-generation Colt, but it will likely influence the shape of things to come for the tri-diamond brand within the B-segment, and it will most likely be coming to North America.

The little hatchback, measuring 3.7 meters (147 inches) long and 1.7 meters (66 inches) wide wide, takes a minimalist approach to design, with simple, clean lines and few surface interruptions so as to reduce drag and improve fuel economy.

Fuel-efficiency is the name of the game in the auto industry these days, especially the subcompact class, and to that end Mitsu's next small car will have a number of powertrains to woo budget-minded buyers. Currently 1.0- and 1.2-litre three-cylinder MIVEC gasoline engines are being touted, but clean diesel and all-electric MiEV versions are likely as well.

No matter the motive force, start-stop tech and regenerative braking will probably make the grade.

Expect variations on this Global Small Concept theme to show up at auto shows around the world before a production version is shown, and don't expect an announcement for North America until next year at the earliest.
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Topics: Hatchback, Mitsubishi, 2011, Global Small Concept, $10,000 - $19,999, Subcompact,

Organizations: Mitsubishi

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