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Mitsubishi France unveils the new Colt

It goes on sale in Europe this October

The Mitsubishi Colt is back. PHOTO FROM MITSUBISHI

After giving a teaser last April, Mitsubishi France has fully unveiled the new Colt. And to no one’s surprise, it really is a badge-engineered Renault Clio. Based on the CMF-B platform of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, this is a B-segment hatchback like the Suzuki Swift and the Ford Fiesta, designed to be a compact city car.

The new Colt looks at home in the city. PHOTOS FROM MITSUBISHI

As mentioned before, there are three powertrain options. The 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine is available naturally aspirated or turbocharged. The former produces 65hp and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, while the latter has 90hp and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

The hybrid variant is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 36kW electric motor for a combined output of 145hp, delivered to an automatic gearbox. This comes with a 1.2kWh battery and is capable of regenerative braking, perfect for urban driving.

Only the hybrid variant gets an automatic transmission. PHOTOS FROM MITSUBISHI

Inside, the new Colt comes with a seven- or 9.3-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Meanwhile, driving info is displayed via a seven- or 10-inch digital instrument cluster. The car also has its own advanced driver-assistance system with the usual features.

One thing that Mitsubishi France goes into great detail, though, is the audio system. The optional nine-speaker Bose sound system features a fresh air subwoofer, which diffuses the bass inside into the cabin through a system of ducts located on the right-hand side of the trunk.

Does this remind you of another French hatchback? PHOTOS FROM MITSUBISHI

If you still aren’t convinced that the new Colt is a rebadged Clio, it will be produced at Renault’s plant in Bursa, Turkey, before its European launch in October this year.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.