Mitsubishi had released some sketches of the Global Small Concept Car in January 2011. Also called as “e-compact” car, it will be a small car which is still in concept phase. The car will be manufactured in Thailand, Asia and will be launched in India. Mitsubishi may bring it to India as a CKD unit or in later stages even manufacture it in India. The car will not only be sold in India or Asia, but it will be lost in many countries by Mitsubishi and it will be a globally recognized Global car for Mitsubishi. The Concept car displayed at the Geneva Motor Show 2011 is the prototype version of the sketches released in Jan 2011. The production version of the global small car will be launched early 2012, it may feature in the Indian International Auto Expo 2012 to be held in Delhi.
Mitsubishi global small car will feature highly efficient 1 Litre and 1.2 Litre MPFI Petrol engine with 5 speed manual transmission, Start Stop technology (Micro Hybrid) and Regenerative braking technology to make it even more efficient. The Indian version maybe slightly different from the global version as its expected to be slightly low on gadgetry and other expansive stuff to make it cost competitive in India where small car market is already a crowded space.
The concept car looks very elegant, sporty and futuristic. The front and rear of the car are very softly rounded with LED lights at the tail and headlamps. The design language looks very aerodynamic and performance oriented. The car stands out in design from the existing small cars in the Indian market with an elegance which is filled with attitude and style.
Mitsubishi Global Small Car Ppecifications:
- Overall Length: 3.74 m
- Overall Width: 1.68 m
- Overall Height: 1.49 m
- 3 cylinder MIVEC (petrol) engine
- 1.0 Liter
- 5 Speed Manual Transmission
- Auto Stop and Go – Micro Hybrid Technology
- Brake energy regenerative system
- 185/55 R 16 low rolling resistance tyres
We will keep an eye on how the production version comes out to be with time. With the new entrants into this segment in India its getting more and more interesting with each day to see how these cars will change the game for selling small cars in India.
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