CZC coupe/cabrio: the 2.5-m wheelbase
allowed 2+2 seating.
3rd February 2006.
Motors Europe will prepare the sunny days from early next
month, with the world debut of the production version of
the Colt CZC coupe /
cabriolet at the 76th
Geneva Motor Show
(public days 2-12 March 2006).
Besides the third member of the Mitsubishi
Colt line-up, the Japanese
brand will set the world debut too for its Concept-EZ
MIEV, showcasing an innovative electric motor-in-wheel
drivetrain, drive-by-wire controls and ground-breaking
interior packaging, while the European debut of Concept-X
will preview Mitsubishi’s next generation Evolution X.
CZC coupe / convertible
- Drawing inspiration from the CZ2 and CZ3 Tarmac concept
cars that were shown at the 2001 Tokyo and 2004 Geneva motor
Pininfarina-styled convertible Colt CZC features a
retractable metal roof that automatically folds back at
the touch of a button.
CZC: retractable metal roof that folds
back at the touch of a button.
The Colt CZC shares its platform and
basic architecture with the five-door Colt, taking
advantage of its 2500mm wheelbase and wide 1460mm front
and 1445mm rear tracks for a secure and planted
Opting for this wheelbase has also
allowed a 2+2 seating configuration, with a pair of
occasional rear seats as well as a reasonable luggage
compartment - for a convertible small
car - even when the roof is
With its stiffened chassis, uprated
suspension set-up, slick five-speed manual transmission
and choice of 147bhp and 107bhp 1.5-litre powerplant, the
Colt CZC promises dynamic performance to match its sporty
For the UK market, the Colt CZC will
arrive in April, priced at £13,999 for the standard 1.5
engine and £15,999 for the flagship CZC Turbo.
Both versions are powered by an
all-alloy 16-valve petrol engine, driving the front wheels
through slick five-speed manual transmissions with bespoke
ratios to maximise the engine’s performance.
CZC: choice of 147bhp and 107bhp 1.5-litre
The top-line CZC Turbo borrows
the 1468cc petrol engine from three-door Colt CZT.
Developing 147bhp and 6000rpm and 155lb ft (210
Newton-metre) of torque at 3500rpm, the 1200kg CZC Turbo
hits 62mph (100 km/h) in 8.4seconds, with a 126mph (202
km/h) maximum speed.
Despite this performance, it returns
39.8 imperial mpg (7.10 litre/100 km) on the combined
cycle and has a tax-friendly CO2 rating of 168g/km.
The naturally aspirated 1499cc
powerplant in the 1110kg Colt CZC produces 107bhp at
6000rpm and 107lb ft (145 Newton-metre) of torque at
4000rpm – enough for a 10.5second sprint to 62mph and on
to a top speed of 114mph (183 km/h), while returning
42.8mpg (6.6 litre/100 km) on the combined cycle and
a CO2 level of 157g/km. Naturally, both engines are Euro
CZC, the third member of the Mitsubishi
As with all current Mitsubishi models
(in the UK, check in other markets), the CZC comes with
standard 16inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, leather
steering wheel and gear lever, radio/CD/MP3 stereo, four
airbags, ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD (electronic
brakeforce distribution) and integrated front fog lights.
Upgrading to the Colt CZC Turbo adds
sports suspension, M-ASTC stability and traction control,
part leather seats, a restyled front bumper and unique
16inch alloy wheels.
The Colt CZC will be built in
conjunction with renowned Italian design house Pininfarina
which, along with Mitsubishi Design Europe, played a key
role in the design and development of the new model.
Production of the range will start at Pininfarina’s
Bairo plant near Turin, on March 7th.
MIEV electric motor-in-wheel and
Concept-EZ MIEV - On a
completely different level, Concept-EZ MIEV
spearheads Mitsubishi’s advanced electric motor-in-wheel
drivetrain and drive-by-wire technologies to create an
urban vehicle with thought-provoking interior packaging.
Making its world premiere at this year’s
Geneva Motor Show, the brainchild of Mitsubishi Design
Europe advanced prototype demonstrates the dynamic,
packaging and design benefits of MIEV (Mitsubishi In-wheel
motor Electric Vehicle), which uses ultra-compact electric
motors that sit within the wheel hub itself.
Each of the Concept-EZ’s 20inch
wheels houses a 27bhp in-hub motor - for a total output of
108bhp – powered by a lithium-ion battery pack
sandwiched beneath the car’s flat floor.
By employing its MIEV technology in the
3700mm long Concept-EZ, Mitsubishi has liberated its
engineers and designers from the traditional constraints
imposed by internal combustion power and drivetrain, and
have created an ‘urban capsule’ vehicle that provides
unsurpassed interior packaging.
Concept-EZ’s usable internal space
has also been enhanced by the use of a retractable
steering wheel, drive-by-wire technology and intelligent
debuts the design of the next generation
Concept-X - The third star on
the Mitsubishi stand will be making its European debut.
Concept-X is a preview of the next generation Evolution
line-up, with turbo-charged power, clutchless transmission
and an advanced new all-wheel-drive layout in jet
Concept-X, first shown in Tokyo in October, makes
its European debut in Geneva. With Advanced Super All
Wheel Control drivetrain, powerful 2.0-litre turbo-blown
engine and six-cog clutchless transmission, the Concept-X
hints strongly at just what to expect from the next
generation of Evolution cars.
In a distinct departure from the
previous rally-inspired Evolution models the Concept-X,
styled by Mitsubishi Design Europe, trades in its
predecessor’s stocky and foursquare proportions for
sleeker and more rakish lines.
It’s a dynamic and athletic look
enhanced by its gaping air intake, louvered bonnet,
hawk-eyed headlamps, chunky 20inch alloy wheels and bold
Beneath the alloy-intensive sheet metal
lies some equally enticing hardware: Concept-X is powered
by a turbo-charged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder MIVEC engine that
drives all four wheels through a clutch-less six-speed
Mitsubishi Motors Europe notched
up 265,685 sales in 2005, an increase of 17.7% and the
third successive year of growth, with Russia, Germany and
the UK leading the charge. Mitsubishi Motors UK posted its
all-time new vehicle sales record of 38,345 units for 2005
– a 6% increase over 2004 and its fifth successive year