• Dec 2, 2009
2009 Mitsubishi Colt - Click above for high-res image gallery

Buried deep within Mitsubishi's (re)presentation of its PX-MiEV plug-in hybrid concept from the Tokyo Motor Show was a line about a global small car that Mitsubishi will be bringing to the US in 2010. That's it, one line. We didn't think too much of the announcement until Mitsubishi's Product Communications Manager Moe Durand walked up and said, "In case you missed it, the small car is the Colt." Dang!

Dang because we really like the new EVO-nosed Colt, especially in Ralliart trim. Additionally, now is a wonderful time to bring over a small car. Don't believe us? Just ask Ford (Fiesta) and Mazda (Mazda2). The Colt will be going up against some pretty hefty (albeit lightweight) competition in the form of established B-segmenters like the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa.

And while we haven't driven the new Colt, the stats aren't exactly overwhelming – in top trim, a 1.5-liter MIVEC four-cylinder spits out 104 hp and 104 lb-ft of torque. Routed through a CVT transmission that's probably plenty of grunt for day to day small car activities. And odds are Mitsubishi will drop a slightly buffer mill into the Colt for US duty. But just picture this – what if Mitsubishi gives us the Ralliart Colt? Maybe with a turbo. We, for one, would really be in favor of that (hint, hint). Either way, here comes the Colt.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      More cool small choices in small cars is good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      with all the features the new Fiesta, I'm pretty sure the Colt's strong side will be that it's inexpensive to buy maybe some where are the 11k mark....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Same reason why I think it will sell is if the price point is way under the Fiesta/Mazda 2 cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uh oh, somebody put a new EVO-faced Outlander in the dryer again!

      (Needs a Little Tykes badge)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Am I the only one who finds the Raliart styling to be extremely ugly? If one is going to do a common design theme across the board, at least make it a good one.

        I could never consider any Lancer due to the ugliness (the sportback is a great improvement though).

        Mitsubishis always used to AT LEAST have attractive (and sometimes boring, but tasteful) styling going for it. It hasn't had that for a very long time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @David: My Evo X and I disagree with you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should have done this long ago. The Colt is sold in most countries except the US. One problem with Mitsubishi is automobiles have always been a sideline even though they are Japan's oldest automobile manufacturer. They do Banking,Plastics,Electronics, even Three Diamond Brand Tuna Etc. Etc. Like Bridgestone does tires and bicycles (built motorcycles for 20 years). Kawasaki does Ships, electronics, Helecopters, Trains. I have two Mitsubishi's and no dealer within 35 miles of my home. Do you really think I would buy another if I have to travel over 10 miles to a dealer. Same with Chevy. All the GM dealers are gone. Only two within 15 miles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My Dodge Colt was a great, inexpensive second-hand car that the previous owner had lavished more care on than any car deserved. The only drawback was no power steering which is why the person got rid of it and why I got it at a steal. Was finally rear-ended sending me into the truck in front and demolishing the car which ended that chapter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hope this is better than my 1980's Colt I drove in high school. Biggest piece of crap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      correction: PSA has plans to buy between 30 or 50% of the shares.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not crazy about the styling. Give me a three-door, and at least 120 hp, and I would be
      interested.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Car like this should leave where it is. Who needs another Aveo?
        • 5 Years Ago
        For all the fuss over b-segment cars in America, I think the press is overstating the demand. Right now I think people still want compact Corollas and mid-size Camrys. I don't think the demand is there for an onslaught of micro-cars that are just run-of-the-mill. The Fit is brilliant for it's packaging, but even it isn't on fire. The Yaris is so-so, and the Aveo, well it just sucks. Still, the Fiesta is a good start, but I don't think the demand is there in the US, not with gas at $2.50/gallon. If we get gas sustained at over $3/gallon then these automakers will be rewarded, but just bringing them over in the hope of meeting the new CAFE standards is pointless if no one wants them. The real impetus to spur sales of these cars is the price of gas, not CAFE.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Awesome little B-car (especially the 3-door)! And yes, a "Ralliart Colt" would rock!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Carlbolt, don't worry about there being "another" Aveo in this segment. It's in a class of its own down there, sadly, and not in a good way.

        The Colt isn't a bad car, but it has very little of the "wow" factor of the Fit or Fiesta, features- and design-wise. In the UK and Euro markets, it's considered a solid if somewhat dull choice for those who can't afford the name brands.

        Here's hoping the 2011 model turns out to be a redesign, not the new-for-2003 version currently on sale elsewhere. I'd like to see Mitsubishi stick it out in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's filled with meh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think your right, if this press release was released 2-3 years ago I think we would all be clamoring over the idea of bringing this car over.

        However, now that Ford, Mazda, Honda and Nissan(The Vera was outselling the Fit 2-1 this summer) are offering competitive B-segment hatches, Mitsubishi will have a hard time selling this vehicle. Plus, the current generation Colt has been on sale for 8 YEARS ALREADY(this generation has been available since 2002) so this car will undoubtedly be outdated by the time it arrives. Too little, too late Mitsubishi.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The first thing I thought was Mitsubishi Aveo. The only styling was done by slapping the big corporate grill on it.

        Fiesta, Mazda2 and Fit have this thing beat for sure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, we get the ForFour, afterall...

      They should bring the Pininfarina cabrio, as well. http://www.mitsubishi-motors-europe.com/models/czc/gallery
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great, another POS Mitsubishi clogging up the road. I can't wait to see the first one that looks like a typical Mitsubishi - huffing blue smoke, with unrepaired body damage and a set of Walmart wheelcovers.

      I thought Mitsubishi was bleeding cash - how are they staying in this market? It seems like the only way they move metal is with 0/0/0 financing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Iridium Hah! I wish I got something close to that in my Evo. With just me in the car, I can get about 260 on the 13 gallon tank. My record is 290, but that was 100% highway + driving like a sane individual.

        I average about 19mpg in day to day driving, and 22-24 on the highway depending on how hilly it is and if I'm cruising into a strong headwind (I drive from Chicago IL to South Bend, IN a lot and I almost always get 24.6 avg mpg on the way there, 21.5 on the way back...same route. I blame the wind, but part of me thinks it's a very slight uphill all the way home). Of course I drive angry and cane it all the way to lunch and back, I can get the display to read 5 mpg. Always proud of that.

        But, I do enjoy the handling and the great off-the-line acceleration, and the snow performance I get in the winter time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you sure you weren't just seeing Chevy Berettas and Cavaliers?

        I've had a 2000 Eclipse GT, 2004 Lancer, and 2008 Lancer. I haven't had a single issue. I put 50k miles a year on a car and beyond changing the fluids and brake pads I haven't had to do anything else maintenance wise.

        I average 32mpg combined in my 08 Lancer GTS. On a full highway trip my record was 455 miles on 13 gallons. Not bad for a fully loaded car weighing 3300lbs.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow man... hate on the brand much? As a 6-time Mitsubishi owner (92 Eclipse GSX, 96 Eclipse GS-T, 2002 Eclipse GT, 2004 Evo VIII, 2007 Eclipse GT, 2008 Evo X), I can tell you that all of those cars combined, with the exception of my '92 eclipse, visited the service shop for real issues less than the 2002 Subaru WRX I owned (failed fuel pump, screwed up valve timing, bad turbo, stuck wastegate, another failed fuel pump.... list goes on).

        The only reason the '92 had problems is because we ran it to 180,000 miles and it's the car I learned to drive on, so it had lots of clutch and gearbox abuse typical of any 16 year old boy. All of the other cars have been great. So great that besides all these that I have owned there have been another 10 mitsus elsewhere in the immediate and extended family, all of them run for years with little to no maintenance or mechanical problems.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't feed it.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice.


      Do I hear a STI version coming? lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Not likely.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        The fact that you responded to my comment instead of merely passing over it proves that you do, indeed, care about what people on Autoblog think about you.
        Carlos
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Subaru is that way >>>
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Given that STi stands for *Subaru* Tecnica International, no, I don't think there will ever be a STi version of any Mitsu car.

        There could be a *Ralliart* version, tho...

        You know, because "Ralliart" is Mitsu's in-house tuner label...
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Syllepses


        Do you really think i care about what you think of me? Come on....your nothing but LETTERS on the SCREEN....get over ya self lol.



        Oh yea...my mistake guys lol STI FTW......oh my bad
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        JDM Life, I honestly didn't think my opinion of you could go any lower. It just did.

        You just asked if a Mitsubishi is going to have an STI version.

        "What is this I don't even" -- Anonymous
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