Mitsubishi Colt is a car manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors Japan since 1962. The first on the line was the Mitsubishi Colt 600 then followed by 800, 1000,1100, 1200 and 1500. In 1966, Mitsubishi Colt 1100 was released and was assigned the A21 chassis code. The Colt 1100 was powered by an inline four-cylinder 1.1-liter petrol engine KE44-OHV that produced 43 KW (58 HP) at 6000 rpm.
1968 Mitsubishi Colt 1100
From 1978 to 2002, Mitsubishi reintroduced the Colt as a hatchback. The Colt was sold as Mitsubishi Mirage in Japan, with the Colt name retained on the European and Australian Market. Between 1978 and 2002, Mitsubishi released five generations of the Colt, with the last one released in 1995.
In 2002, Mitsubishi released a new Colt Z30 hatchback which was launched in Europe in 2004. The new Colt was either a 3-door or 5-door, a 5-seater.
The interior of the Colt Z30 is where Mitsubishi won the race over its competitors. The cabin has plenty of headroom and legroom, enough space for five passengers, but the boot space was a bit limited although there was an option for split-folding seats in case you need extra boot space. The exterior featured cat-eyed headlights and rectangular beam encasements.
Under the Hood
The Colt came with several engine choices. The 3-cylinder 1.1-liter MPI Mivec 3A91 petrol that produces 55 KW(75 HP) at 6000 rpm and an average fuel consumption of 5.5 L/100KM (42.8 mpg), 4-cylinder 1.3-liter MPI Mivec 4A90 petrol that produces 70 KW (95 HP) at 6000 rpm and an average fuel consumption of 5.8L/100KM (40.5 mpg), 4-cylinder 1.5-liter MPI Mivec 4A91 petrol that produces 80 KW (109 HP) at 6000 rpm and fuel consumption of 6.2 L/100KM (37.9 mpg), and the 3-cylinder 1.5-liter OM639 Di-D turbocharged diesel that produces 70 KW (95 HP) at 4000 rpm and an average fuel consumption of 4.6 L/100KM (51.1 mpg). These engines were attached to either a 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic or a CVT transmission.
2006 Mitsubishi Colt
In 2006, Mitsubishi released a facelift version of the seventh generation Colt which is the Colt Ralliart Version-R in Japan. The Ralliart was later released in Europe in 2008. It is a sporty trim and for the first time, Mitsubishi offered a sporty trim for a 5-door.
The front features are identical to those of the Mitsubishi Lancer especially the headlamps and the taillights were also redesigned. The redesigned Colt’s body has a stiffened body shell and it bears some sports-tuned suspensions and a thicker front stabilizer bar. The Ralliart was fitted with a low profile, high-grip 16-inch tires.
The front seats were Recaro bucket seats while on the rear, the seats were for two passengers unlike the normal three-passenger seat.
Under the Hood
The Colt Ralliart Version-R comes with a 4-cylinder 1.5-liter 4G15 Turbocharged Mivec petrol that produces 120 KW (163 HP) at 6000 rpm and an average fuel consumption of 6.6 L/100KM (35.6 mpg). This engine is mated with a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.