The Mitsubishi Colt is one of the most recognizable names in the automotive world. The compact hatchback has been around since 1962 and has sold over 5 million units worldwide. It has also been a pioneer in electric mobility, being the first mass-produced car to feature a lithium-ion battery in 2009.
Now, after a hiatus of eight years, the Mitsubishi Colt is making a comeback. The Japanese automaker has announced that it will launch a new generation of the Colt in Europe in 2023 to electrify its entire lineup by 2030.
The new Mitsubishi Colt will be based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's CMF-B EV platform, which Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf also use. It will offer a range of up to 280 miles (450 km) on a single charge and a fast-charging capability that can replenish 80% of the battery in 30 minutes.
The new Mitsubishi Colt will also feature a sleek design inspired by the Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept car that Mitsubishi unveiled in 2017. It will have a sporty stance, LED headlights, and a distinctive grille that integrates the charging port. The interior will be spacious and modern, with a digital dashboard, a touchscreen infotainment system, and advanced driver-assistance systems.
But what makes the new Mitsubishi Colt so special is not just its technical specifications or its aesthetics. It is also its potential to disrupt the European electric car market, which is currently dominated by Volkswagen, Tesla, and Hyundai-Kia.