Mitsubishi Colt India
Mitsubishi Colt is one of the upcoming hatchbacks in Indian market. Mitsubishi as always has never shied away in terms of performance, looks and comfort. This is evident from the great line of cars like the Cedia, Lancer, Montero, Pajero and the Outlander. The fact that this benchmark has been kept up in all the segments is surely nothing short of a mean feat.
The company is not about to rest on its past feats and looking at the demand for compact cars in India, the company has plans to set a new benchmark in this segment as well. The Mitsubishi Colt is going to set the compact segment on fire with its 1500cc, 1.5 litre four cylinder engine and they will be offered in both petrol and diesel variants. The car will deliver a fuel run of 15kmpl on an average and goes on up to 19kmpl. The car is also expected to leave its competitors far behind in terms of the features as well with the inclusion of power window for both front and rear side, front air-bags, emergency braking system, traction control system, auto adjustable steering. The car is a complete package with great comfort, safety & performance.
Mitsubishi Colt Engine
The Mitsubishi Colt is already going strong with its seventh generation in the world wide market. The present engine is a best in class with 1500cc displacements and has a five speed manual gear transmission. In 2004 the Mitsubishi Colt of the Europe was showcased with engines ranging from 1.1 MPI Mivec, 1.3 MPI Mivec, 1.5 MPI Mivec and 1.5 Turbo Mivec in petrol. Later in November 2004, a 1.5 L D-ID direct injection turbodiesel version with turbocharger and intercooler, churning out 95 PS was made available, with an option of the Allshift automatic manual gearbox with electric clutch and six gears.
The latest Colt sports a 1.5 L MIVEC engine, INVECS-III CVT transmission, 2- or 4-wheel drive for Very (LSUH1), COOL Very (LSUH2), and 1.3 RX (LTPH, LSPH) models. 1.5 RX also includes 6-speed sport mode settings for the CVT transmission and is named as Colt Plus which debuted in the year 2008.
Mitsubishi Colt Exteriors
The car made its entry into the market as a series of kei cars and subcompact cars in the 1960s, and then as the export version of the Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback in the 1980s and 1990s. The most recent version is a supermini manufactured in Japan at Okazaki and in Europe at their NedCar plant in the Netherlands.
The design experts from Mitsubishi design have taken a liking for the tall and spacious cabin and wrapped it into a compact and beautiful looking metal figure. The final result is that the Colt is a one of a kind hatchback rather than the usual run of the mill people carrier. The hatchback body is essentially designed around the interior volume. The hood of the car is adorned by head lamps that look absolutely crystal clear with arrow-shaped side indicator lights. Over all the exterior looks of the car is quite niche and clever for an entry level car.
Mitsubishi Colt Interiors
The insides of the Mitsubhishi Colt are up to the comfort level. In terms of the entertainment, the car has CD/DVD and MP3 player along with Bluetooth and USB support. The comfort factor is further enhanced by the air conditioner with climate control feature and the security is taken care by the remote central locking. The car also has remote fuel filler and the driver’s seat can be manually adjusted.
The dashboard is a no fuss and is quite simple. It has large, clear instruments and buttons which are easy to find and makes the dash board quite practical and functional to use. The steering column is adjustable for height only which is enough for most people to get comfy.
The ‘Elegance’ model features leather seats making way for easy entry and exit out of the car. The seats are absolutely cozy and are ergonomically positioned. The driver front passengers seats are height adjustable and recline with a fully flat function. The steering is encapsulated in leather wrap. The Colt also hosts power windows with one touch open and close function and also comes with an electric sunroof option. The glove compartment is quite big but does not have any lights.
The Colt also features 2 illuminated cup holders in the centre tunnel, sunvisors with vanity mirrors, central locking including tailgate, front wipers with variable intermittent with washer, rear wipers intermittent with washer, window demister with timer (rear), pollen filter and electrically adjustable heated door mirrors.
Mitsubishi Colt Safety Features
Mitsubishi Colt comes with standard ABS (anti-lock brakes) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) that apportions braking force to each individual wheel for all the variants. Front seat passengers are protected by twin front airbags and from the Elegance model up side airbags are standard.
Additional safety features include seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters for the front seatbelts, two ISOFIX anchors, three three-point seatbelts, three head-restraints in the rear and a deactivation switch for the front passenger airbag. An alarm is an optional extra but will have to wait and see if the Colt will have an immobiliser and deadlocks as standard like its UK contemporaries.
Mitsubishi Colt Colours
Mitsubishi Colt Ride and Handling
The Colt is not your power horse but it is not a struggling camel as well. The car does have some tricks up its sleeve with an engaging drive. The car zooms past the chicanes without much trouble and grips well enough. The tall shape does make way for some body lean and the steering provides little feedback. Overall the car rides well on most decent terrains but it lacks the road presence and stability. The rough roads and sharp bumps are too easily passed on to the occupants by the car.
The cabin does a good job of keeping out most of the external noise. The noise makes its presence felt with the increase in speed, but isn't a major problem. The 1.1 engine is quite energetic and eager on most occasions while the 1.3 and 1.5 turbo become coarse when extended.
Mitsubishi Colt Specifications
The Mitsubishi Colt specifications come in for 12 variants all over the world. The Mitsubishi Colt will come with a 1500 cc, 4-cylinder engine in both the petrol as well as diesel variants. The engine will deliver a power of 70 bhp and the peak torque will be 210 Nm at 1800 rpm. The length of the car will be around 3900 mm while its width will be 1680mm and its height will be 1550 mm.
The Mitsubishi Colt review will be mated with a 5-speed manual transmission feature. The suspension system of the car will be McPherson strut with torsion bar and this will make long and smooth drives extremely pleasurable. The car has front disk and rear drum brake system.
Mitsubishi Colt Ex-Showroom Price
The Mitsubishi Colt price as per the variants starts with 9,304 pounds which is roughly 756 489.83 Indian rupees for the entry level variant and goes up to 14,669 pounds which is approximately 11 lakhs in the Indian market. So looking at the trim levels that will be introduced in India and being positioned in the small car hatchback segment the car will be a bit cheaper.
Mitsubishi Colt On Road Price
The Mitsubishi Colt On road Price will be inclusive of the Vehicle price, Road tax, Insurance and registration fees can further increase the cost up to 10% extra. If you want additional accessories you'll have to pay extra amount for the same.
Mitsubishi Colt Models
For the Indian car market the car will be available in two design variations and these include Mitsubishi Colt 1.1 and Mitsubishi Colt 1.5.
Mitsubishi Colt Competitors
The Mitsubishi Colt will give a fight to the likes of other premium small car hatchbacks like the existing Honda Jazz and the likes of upcoming cars namely the Renault Pulse, Volkswagen Up and the Hyundai i30.
Mitsubishi Colt Awards
A radical look, improved interiors, more specification and a great drive - the Mitsubishi Colt is improved and ready for any challenge you throw at it and with reduced CO2 emission levels by 24% and an overall improved fuel efficiency by nearly 10 mpg ensure that the car has got its share of the pie with numerous awards. Some of the awards claimed by the car world over are as follows:
Golden Steering Wheel: Mitsubishi’s 5-door Colt compact car produced in Europe has been awarded the coveted "Das Goldene Lenkrad" (Golden Steering Wheel) by the German Sunday newspaper "Bild am Sonntag” in 2004.
Best in Class One: The European Colt was presented the award for its status as the "Best in Class One (Small Car category)" at a ceremony attended by some 400 representatives of political and financial circles, print and TV media and the world of sport.
In Denmark, the Colt was named ‘Car of the Year in Denmark 2005’.
The award in the Netherlands was delivered to the Colt as the ‘Compact Car of the Year 2004’.
Colt also took out “Car of the Year” honours in New Zealand prior to these accomplishments.
Mitsubishi Colt Mileage
The car has various driving modes to suit the needs of the driver and his thrills. Based on these variants, the mileage of the car varies. In Urban mode its/100km (mpg) 6.8 (41.5). In Extra urban mode its/100km (mpg) 4.6 (61.4). While the combined mileage is 5.4 (52.3). The CO2 emissions stand at just 120 g/km.
This means that for the Indian conditions the car is expected to deliver mileage of around 15 km/litre on an average while the mileage on the highway is expected to be around 19 km/litre.
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