Mitsubishi has announced it will unveil the Concept Global Small at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Catchy name or not, Concept Global Small represents the first sighting of a new Mitsubishi supermini that’s set for production in 2012.
Mitsubishi Concept Global Small
Judging by the preview image, Concept Global Small could be quite a looker when it’s unveiled in the metal on 1 March.
But, as with the Mazda Minagi concept, it’s more than just a pretty face – Mitsubishi is promising CO2 emissions in the mid-90g/km range thanks to eco technology and small capacity engines.
These will come in 1.0- and 1.2-litre sizes, and although Mitsubishi is yet to confirm, probably petrol-only.
As Nissan and Fiat have shown with the latest Micra and 500 TwinAir respectively, petrol engines can provide exceptionally low emissions in small cars. Particularly in the case of the Micra, that means lower costs for owner and manufacturer.
The new small Mitsubishi will achieve its CO2 goals through the reduction of internal friction, start-stop, and weight-saving design.
It is also set to feature new-generation Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), brakes and tyres, and has optimised aerodynamics for minimal air resistance. All excellent for improving efficiency.
The Concept Global Small aims to accommodate five in comfort, have good handling and be easy to drive. As with the Nissan Micra, its ‘Global’ designation suggests it will be sold as a world car. Also like the Micra, it will be built in Thailand.
We’ll bring you further details as soon as we have them.
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