2008 Mitsubishi ColtEnlarge Photo
Staying abreast of the green-themed entries at this year's Paris show, Mitsubishi announces a soon-to-come low-emissions/low-consumption version of the new Colt dubbed "Clear Tec." In addition to the Colt's already-frugal 1.1, 1.3, and 1.5-liter gasoline four cylinder engines, the Clear Tec spec (available on the 1.1 and 1.3) adds engine stop/start and regenerative braking capability. A flex-fuel version of Clear Tec will also be available, though no diesels are planned for the Colt.
Only 35 percent of this new Colt is carryover material, and Mitsubishi assures us that the vehicle is significantly changed from the ground up. They claim better NVH, improved handling, greater interior comfort/quality, and better cargo flexibility.
We think Mitsu should consider killing the heavy, slow-selling Galant here in the states and jump on the tidal wave of sales that cars like the Honda Fit are currently enjoying. With a similarly styled - and sized - model in the form of its new Colt, Mitsubishi Motors of America should beg and plead with its Japanese overseers for a chance with a product that its dealers sorely need.