Frugal filly tops Colt

There are great ex­pec­ta­tions for the GSC, the next lit­tle thing from Mit­subishi

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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

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