Mitsubishi Colt 2024, why this Renault Clio with a Japanese accent makes perfect sense (+video)

Mitsubishi Colt 2024, why this Renault Clio with a Japanese accent makes perfect sense (+video)

The goal of this article is that the new Mitsubishi Colt has no secrets for you. First of all, we will explain to you the reason this car exists, since we are looking at Renault Clio with Mitsubishi logos. Second, we’ll tell you how their range is built, test it out, and show you the ins and outs. And lastly, and most importantly, if there is a reason recommend your purchase against the purchase of a Renault Clio.

Why has Mitsubishi launched the Colt based on the Renault Clio?

Mitsubishi belongs to the Renault-Nissan alliance, and its European subsidiary has seen its range reduced to the Mitsubishi Space Star, an affordable city car, and a plug-in version of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Brand is required relaunch and regain its position in the market, and I needed to do it fast. For this reason, he chose to use the Renault Clio as the basis for his new Mitsubishi Colt, taking advantage of the fact that the Clio was receiving a facelift. Development costs have been zero, and changes to Clio have been minimal.

In the future, there will be more diversity and more personality of “Mitsubishi” in its launch.

Mitsubishi Colt 2024 pictures

It is a strategic decision, and it has allowed the brand to have a utility vehicle once again in the B segment, important in the European market. The decision to use Renault Clio has been logical not only because of the cooperation of the groups, but also because it is one of the most complete and recognizable utility vehicles on the market. Furthermore, since the Renault Clio has efficient mechanics and a hybrid version, average fleet emissions are prevented. It’s the same strategy they’ve followed with the Mitsubishi ASX.

There are more advantages to its base being the Renault Clio: there is an abundance of spare parts, it is a car with a lot of driving support, it has a variety of recently updated mechanics and is one of the benchmarks in segment B. .

Yes, you will have a hard time differentiating it from the Renault Clio

There are very few changes in the design of the Mitsubishi Colt with respect to what we get in the Renault Clio. Exterior changes focus on a special grille, on wheels different from those of the French utility vehicle and its markings on the front and rear doors, on the trunk lid. By the way, we don’t have a logo on the back of the car, where you can only read “Mitsubishi” in big letters and the specific version of the car in question.

A more distinctive look of Renault Clio has not been found

Inside the car, the changes associated with the Renault Clio are more limited. It all comes down to it The logo is located in the center of the steering wheel, and the car thumbnails that appear when selecting available driving modes. That’s all. For others, we are faced with a cabin of known quality (see Renault Clio 2023 shows here), with impeccable ergonomics – it has not lost the physical control of the climate – and the most advanced technology part.

At the technological level, it gives us a 7 or 10 inch digital instruments, which in its larger version we can see a navigation map and travel information, although without many customization options. The infotainment system has vertical screens of up to 9.3 inches, and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s not as sophisticated a system as Renault’s OpenR, but it works well and has a normal learning curve.

SEAT Ibiza or Skoda Fabia have large trunks, and comfortable rear seats

The Colt’s rear seats fit two generously-sized adults, but they lack amenities like air vents, a armrest or charging ports, and the middle seat is narrow. Also, the door frame is of lower quality than that of the front door. The trunk of the car has a capacity of 340 liters. in its petrol versions and 254 liters in the case of the hybrid version. It is a very accurate trunk, with a wide loading opening, and only in hybrids it has the right loading capacity.

Behind the wheel of the new Mitsubishi Colt 2024

Before we start evaluating dynamics, we should review the range of engines. It is slightly different from that of the Renault Clio. The access engine is called MPI 100 and is the expected 1.0 of 65 HP, no longer available in French. It has very good performance – more than 17 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h – and we do not recommend it for more than urban use. The most balanced engine is 100 T, a turbo 1.0 with a power of 90 HP that will bring together the majority of sales in the European market. The top of the range is the engine 160 HEVfull hybrid with 145 HP of combined power.

We don’t have the LPG-powered version of the 1.0 turbo that we have in the Clio

This version combines a 94 HP 1.6 engine with two electric motors, 49 and 24 HP. The most powerful one drives the wheels of the car, while the 24 HP has the sole purpose of adjusting the speed of the hot engine to gearbox – missing clutch or synchronizers. The gearbox has four ratios and there are two ratios for the electric motor. The combination between both engines is abundant, and allows this car to boast an average consumption of only 4.3 l / 100 km, as well as a known performance: 0 to 100 km / h in 9.3 seconds.

A technical diatribe sounds complicated, but when it comes down to it, This mechanic feels very natural and refined. It moves forward with authority, we see that there is a change of gear – compared to the “slip” of Toyota’s epicyclic train – and its sound is very quiet, unless we demand all the power from the car. This process is very good in the city, where it is easy to get around 4.5 l/100 km. Likewise, it is a car capable enough to venture out on long journeys or drive on secondary roads.

The most preferred engine is the hybrid, for utility and performance. It is the only one with the ECO label from DGT

As for the Mitsubishi Colt, as we said then about the Renault Clio, we praise it good power sharing. It is a car that is comfortable in all conditions, with good acoustic insulation, but that does not waver when the curves come. It is not as powerful as the SEAT Ibiza or the Toyota Yaris, but with mechanics oriented towards urban efficiency, I don’t think that the dynamic character is the main reason for its purchase.

Conclusion: is it worth more than Renault Clio?

There are several reasons why buying a Mitsubishi Colt can be more valuable than a Renault Clio, knowing that they are two sides of the same coin. The first is that we have the access engine is not available on the Clio, which can be useful for those people looking to get more from the price. The second reason is that the car has a five-year warranty, compared to the three years offered by Renault in Clio. And the last, and most important reason, is that your commercial campaigns can be more attractive.

Mitsubishi has promised to offer aggressive marketing campaigns to increase its prices

This will depend on Mitsubishi, since commercial campaigns have not yet been announced. The brand has confirmed that it will make great efforts in this matter so that the product is highly competitive in price. For now, Their prices start from 17,790 euros – tax prices – for the Colt 100 MPI in the entry-level Motion finish – and rises to 28,990 euros for the HEV 160 in the top Kaiteki+ finish. With the same equipment, at the moment, the Colt is 400-500 euros more expensive than the Clio, taking tax prices as a reference.

In any case, Mitsubishi Colt a well-resolved utility vehicle at all levels, like the Renault Clio, and we want to highlight its good overall balance, a very well-finished cabin and a very attractive and practical hybrid version. We lack, however, more differences with respect to the Renault Clio.

Mitsubishi Colt 2024 pictures