Citing Mitsubishi Motors North American CEO Shinichi Kurihara who talked at the NYIAS, Autoweek.com reported that Mitsubishi's future model will be smaller than the European B-segment vehicles and will employ a small 1.2- or 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine. The rest of details are still kept secret, but more information will probably emerge soon, as a prototype is likely to be displayed at the upcoming auto shows.
At this time, the smallest model in Mitsubishi's lineup is the Colt, which uses several small engines, including a 1.1-liter unit developing 75 horsepower 100 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Obviously, performance figures aren't impressive at all, with the 0 to 100 km/h sprint done in 13.3 seconds.
Meanwhile, Mitsubishi launches the ASX crossover across Europe, after the public launch at the Geneva show in March.
The car uses a 1.8-liter turbocharged direct-injection engine designed by MMC and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The five-seater is 4.3-meter long and went on sale in Japan in February as RVR. It is locally marketed with a 1.8-liter engine that develops 139 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed CVT. There are two versions available, front- and all-wheel drive.