PARIS - The next-generation Mitsubishi Colt could offer far fewer model and powertrain variants.
The current Colt is a great car, but the driving rationale was a little to be everything to all people, says Tim Tozer, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Europe.
The European Colt looks similar to the Japan-market Colt, but the two share almost no components.
Mitsubishi has said it wants to move to more global models, or cars that are built in a single style for all global markets.
That implies that the next-generation Japanese and European Colts will be the same.
Tozer also cites the example of the Honda Jazz, known as the Fit in the US and Japan. It comes as a five-door only, with limited powertrain options, and its a global lineup, he says. And they make it work.
Tozer says he eventually could see a Mitsubishi lineup in Europe that includes:
- An i successor (See Story, left)
- A Colt with no more variations than the Jazz
- The current range of SUVs and light trucks. Those are the L200 pickup and the Pajero/Monters, and Outlander SUVs.
It is offered in both three- and five-door body styles. There is a convertible version.
The Colt is available with a diesel engine, as well as 1.1- and 1.5-liter gasoline engines.
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