Mitsubishi Global Small – India-bound small car unveiled

Mitsubishi Motors today showcased their new Global Small car concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The car will be built in Thailand and launched in several Asian markets, including India by 2012 or 2013. In other markets, the new concept’s production version will likely replace the slow-selling Mitsubishi Colt.

The show car on display at the Geneva Motor Show has design cues similar to the sketches Mitsubishi had released earlier in December. The concept car has a large lower air dam with horizontal chrome-coated grilles while the upper air dam has diminished air intake with the chrome-coated Mitsubishi logo at the centre. The headlamp has a full-LED cluster bordered over the edges by turn indicators. Related: Mitsubishi’s small car to be launched in India

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Vertically designed LED strips are found on the side-edges of the lower air dam contour. The side profiles have steeply ascending shoulder lines, with a thin strip of rub rail connecting the two diminished door handles. The rear has neatly integrated LED tail lamps, with turn indicators at the centre of the tail lamp cluster. Two vertical reflectors are found below the tail lamps on either side. The rear design hints a large boot, owing to the bulky boot-lid projection. The outer rear view mirrors, headlamps, tail lamps and door handles may not make into the production version. Also read: Tata Pixel small car concept

The Global Small car will be smaller than the Maruti Swift measuring 3,740 mm in length, 1,680 mm in width and 1,490 mm in height. It will be powered by either a 1.0-litre, or 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, MIVEC engine, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.mitsubishi global small car concept 2

The car will sport 185/55R, 16-inch, low rolling resistance tyres fitted with attractive 8-spoke alloys. It will also feature some smart technology such as auto stop and go, and brake energy regeneration system that will help enhance mileage.

The production version of the Mitsubishi Global Small concept car will mark the company’s entry into the small car segment in India. Mitsubishi may import parts through the CKD channel and assemble the car at the HM-Mitsubishi plant in Chennai though this will seriously push up the price owing to the high import duty. In Thailand, Mitsubishi said the car will be priced around 4,00,000 baht. Hence, expect the car to carry a price tag upward of Rs. 6 lakh in India. Also read: Hindustan Motors’ small car plans in India

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Currently, Mitsubishi’s lineup in the country comprises the Lancer (Rs. 7 lakhs*) and Cedia Sport (Rs. 9.6 lakhs*) in the mid-level sedan segment and the Pajero (Rs.20.35 lakhs*), Outlander (Rs. 20.25 lakhs*) and Montero (Rs. 39 lakhs*) in the premium SUV segment.

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