Mitsubishi is dusting off the heritage-laced Colt nameplate to plant its stake in a single of the most significant segments of the European industry. The new hatchback is scheduled to make its debut in June, and a dim preview graphic confirms that it can be intently related to the Renault Clio.
The teaser retains most of the Colt’s layout concealed, but we see ample to inform that it shares a lot more than a passing resemblance with the Clio, which is one of the greatest-offering cars and trucks in Europe. From the form of the rear lights to the crease in the hatch, the styling cues that characterize the Renault’s again stop are present on the Mitsubishi. We haven’t observed the entrance finish but, but we are assuming it will be incredibly Clio-esque with the noticeable exception of a Mitsubishi symbol on the grille. This is badge-engineering somewhat than leveraging economies of scale, Supra-model.
We currently have a decent plan of what the technical specs sheet will search like. Mitsubishi announced the entry-degree motor will be a 1.-liter a few-cylinder rated at about 66 horsepower and bolted to a 5-pace guide transmission European motorists however get adhere-shifts, specifically at this value issue. Subsequent up is a turbocharged variation of the triple rated at 90 horsepower and connected to a 6-velocity guide, while prospective buyers who want a hybrid will be equipped to fork out added for a 141-horsepower gasoline-electric powered drivetrain that consists of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder motor, a pair of electrical motors, and an computerized transmission. Like the Clio, the Colt will completely be accessible with front-wheel-generate.
Constructed by Renault in Turkey, the new Mitsubishi Colt will make its debut on June 8. It doesn’t audio like the hatchback will be offered in the United States. Renault has not homologated the Clio in our market place, and the phase that the Colt would contend in is microscopic at finest, at least in the U.S. When it lands, the Colt will never be the only Renault-designed Mitsubishi: the second-technology ASX released recently is a re-badged Captur.
Whilst badge-engineering delivers with it a major bag of controversy, this is the only way Mitsubishi can justify a presence in Europe. Never spectacularly common across the pond, the Japanese organization told its dealers in 2020 that it would exit the European and British markets. It hasn’t returned to the United Kingdom, but the Renault-created Colt and ASX authorized it to keep marketing vehicles in Europe whilst retaining charges in check out.