Mitsubishi has just unveiled its new small hatchback, the 2024 Mitsubishi Colt, a compact car that aims to offer more space, style, and technology than its rivals. The Colt is based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-B platform, which also underpins the Nissan Versa and the Renault Clio. The Mitsubishi Colt also features a new design language, a hybrid powertrain option, and a host of advanced safety and convenience features. Is this the best Mitsubishi hatchback ever? Let’s find out.
What Is the 2024 Mitsubishi Colt?
The 2024 Mitsubishi Colt is a small hatchback that competes with the likes of the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris, and Volkswagen Polo. The Colt is the successor to the Mirage, which was discontinued in 2021 due to poor sales and reviews. The Colt is also the revival of a nameplate that dates back to 1962 when Mitsubishi launched its first passenger car.
The Colt is available in two trim levels: the Colt ES and the Colt SE. The Colt ES is powered by a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that produces 100 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque, mated to a five-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive. The Colt SE is a hybrid model that combines the same engine with an electric motor, a 1.2-kWh battery pack, and an e-CVT for a total output of 120 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. The Colt SE also has standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.
The Mitsubishi Colt has a cute and sporty body that reflects its fun and practical character. It has a large hexagonal grille, LED headlights and taillights, chrome accents, and 15- or 16-inch alloy wheels. It also has a rear spoiler, roof rails, fog lights, and heated side mirrors.
The interior of the Colt is spacious and modern, with high-quality materials and craftsmanship. It has cloth seats, piano black trim, ambient lighting, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and wireless charging. It also has a six-speaker sound system, automatic climate control, keyless entry and start cruise control, and a multi-function steering wheel.
The Colt also offers plenty of cargo space, with up to 17.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which can be expanded to 37.4 cubic feet by folding them down. The Colt also has a split-folding rear seat that can slide forward or backward to adjust the legroom or cargo space.
The Mitsubishi Colt also comes with a comprehensive suite of safety and driver assistance features called Mitsubishi Connect Safety & Security Services. This includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function, traffic sign recognition, driver attention monitor, automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, rearview camera, and hill start assist.
How Much Does the 2024 Mitsubishi Colt Cost?
The 2024 Mitsubishi Colt is expected to go on sale in late 2023 as a 2024 model-year vehicle. The official pricing has not been announced yet, but we estimate that the Colt will start at around $15,000 for the base Colt ES model with manual transmission and front-wheel drive and go up to around $20,000 for the fully loaded Colt SE model with e-CVT and all-wheel drive. The Colt will also offer various packages and options to customize your hatchback according to your preferences.
Is the 2024 Mitsubishi Colt Worth It?
The 2024 Mitsubishi Colt is a promising addition to the Mitsubishi lineup, offering more space, style, and technology than its predecessor. It is a versatile and efficient hatchback that can accommodate up to five passengers in comfort and style. It also offers a hybrid option for those who want to save fuel and reduce emissions. It also comes with a generous warranty and a reputation for reliability and durability.
However, the Colt is also a relatively late entrant to the crowded and competitive small hatchback segment, and it will face stiff competition from more established and popular rivals. It is also not very exciting or engaging to drive, as it prioritizes comfort and smoothness over performance and handling. It is also not very innovative or distinctive, as it shares many features and components with the Nissan Versa and the Renault Clio.
The Mitsubishi Colt is not a hatchback for everyone, but it could be the best Mitsubishi hatchback ever for those who value space, style, and technology. It could be the small hatchback that wants to be big.