In showrooms mid-July and on sale 1st September, New Colt will be priced at £8,999 for the entry-level 1.1 Classic rising to £12,499 for the top-spec 1.5 Elegance with six-speed Allshift automated manual transmission. A Sport trim will also be available priced at £11,499 featuring 16in alloy wheels and contemporary red interior with matching red leather steering wheel and gear knob, sports pedals and rear roof spoiler.
As with all Mitsubishi products, Colt models come generously equipped with driver and passenger front airbags, ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD electronic brakeforce distribution, Isofix seats, central locking, 15in alloy wheels, four speaker CD stereo system, colour-coded bumpers, alarm and immobiliser all as standard.
Four trim levels, Classic, Equippe, Elegance and Sport, will be available along with the choice of four engines – 75bhp 3-cylinder 1.1-litre, 95bhp 1.3-litre and 109bhp 1.5-litre petrol plus a 95bhp 1.5-litre direct injection diesel unit. All engines meet stringent Euro IV emissions legislation. A five-speed manual is fitted as standard across the range with the option of AllShift – a novel six-speed AMT Automated Manual Transmission – available with all engines apart from the 1.1-litre petrol.
From its conception, Colt has been engineered to be fun to drive. Riding on a MacPherson strut with anti-roll bar front and compact torsion beam rear suspension, Colt’s ride and handling engineers have fine tuned this set-up to achieve the optimum balance between passenger ride comfort and driver dynamics.
|UK Colt Range||Price|
|Classic 1.1||5 speed petrol||£8,999|
|Equippe 1.1||5 speed petrol||£9,999|
|Equippe 1.3||6 speed AllShift petrol||£10,999|
|Equippe 1.5||5 speed direct injection diesel||£11,499|
|Equippe 1.5||6 speed AllShift direct injection diesel||£11,999|
|Elegance 1.3||5 speed petrol||£11,499|
|Elegance 1.3||6 speed AllShift petrol||£11,999|
|Elegance 1.5||6 speed AllShift petrol||£12,499|
|Sport 1.5||5 speed petrol||£11,499|
In 2003, Mitsubishi UK's sales set yet another record at 32,282 vehicles, a 23% increase over the previous year. Sales in 2004, significantly bolstered by the arrival of the new Outlander crossover, Colt supermini, Grandis people carrier and new Lancer Evolution VIII range are expected to exceed 40,000 in 2004, a year-on-year increase of 24%. "Mitsubishi's raft of exciting new models and its thoroughly rationalised existing model line-up has resulted in a complete turnaround for the company in the UK. In 2003 we posted an all-time new vehicle sales record and our fourth consecutive year of growth. And we're confident sales for 2004 will build on that expansion," stated Lance Bradley, Director of Sales & Marketing, Mitsubishi Motors UK.Published 28 May 2004