Mitsubishi has released a picture of its new ‘Global Small’ concept, which will appear at the upcoming Geneva motor show.
The showroom version will go into production in March 2012 at Mitsubishi’s ‘third new factory in Thailand.’
Expected to be sold in all major global markets, the new five-seater car will deliver Co2 emissions ‘in the mid-90g/km range’ thanks to a combination of fuel-saving technologies.
Mitsubishi says the Global Small will use an engine sized between 1.0- and 1.2-litres equipped with stop-start and regenerative braking. The engine, new-generation CVT transmission and tyres have all been designed for low-friction and the braking system for low-drag. Many of the car’s components have been lightened and the body styling has an emphasis on low aerodynamic drag.
The Global Small project follows in the footsteps of Nissan’s new Micra, which is also built in Thailand.
This new generation of global superminis are intended to be affordable in developing economies as well as appealing to budget-conscious Western drivers.