Frugal filly tops Colt
There are great expectations for the GSC, the next little thing from Mitsubishi
A TINY three-cylinder city car is the next big plan for Mitsubishi around the world. And that includes Australia.
Mitsubishi spokesman Paul Stevenson says the car should arrive late next year to slot in where the Colt left off, but will beat the Colt on price and spec.
‘‘ That’s certainly the target, to be under the Colt,’’ he says.
‘‘ We haven’t really had a strong entrant in that segment for some time, so we’re pinning a lot of hopes on this car.’’
Mitsubishi’s global platform plan follows in the footsteps of the One Ford platform policy with the Fiesta and Focus and GM’s 150-market strategy with the Barina Spark.
The GSC (global small car) will have two three-cylinder petrol engine options with stop-start systems, as shown with the concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The smaller engine is believed to be the latest version of the 3B21, the 52kW/92Nm engine used in the ultralight
‘‘ kei’’ or city car class in Asia, and in the Smart ForTwo.
The larger, which we are more likely to see here, is said to be a 1.1-litre that is a step up from the 55kW/100Nm engine of the same capacity used by the Colt overseas.
Unlike many light cars on sale in Australia, the GSC will have an automatic transmission, which should give it a leg-up in a market increasingly moving away from manuals.
‘‘ If we didn’t have an automatic, our sales projections would be significantly lower and the car wouldn’t have the appeal across so much of the segment,’’ Stevenson says.
‘‘ The demographic tends to be divided pretty much equally between young people, retirees, empty-nesters and people looking for a second car or better fuel economy.’’
Mitsubishi has not released sales projections but Australia is expected to account for about 5 per cent of the total.
Some Australian dealers have already seen the vehicle and given feedback.
Shift of opinion: The GSC has an automatic option
Choice: The GSC will be cheaper than the Colt but better equipped