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by Tim Beissmann

Mitsubishi has released the first official images of the Mitsubishi Concept Global Small, which is set to debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March.

The physical concept has lost much of the personality of the vehicle that appeared in sketches last month, with Mitsubishi’s designers clearly playing it safe, aiming to give it an inoffensive, universal appeal.

Designed to satisfy three main criteria: “compact [design], affordability, and high fuel efficiency”, Mitsubishi says the production vehicle based on the Concept Global Small will seat five adults comfortably and achieve segment-topping fuel efficiency, with CO2 emissions in the mid-90g/km range.

Mitsubishi Australia has confirmed it will introduce the Global Small production vehicle to local showrooms, and is expected to take delivery either in late 2012 or 2013.

Mitsubishi has confirmed the vehicle will be powered by a 1.0- to 1.2-litre engine that will utilise idle stop and regenerative braking technology.

The lightweight body has been designed to offer low aerodynamic resistance, and the engine, new-generation continuously variable transmission (CVT), brakes and tyres will all be optimsed to reduce running resistance.

It is due to enter production in Thailand in March 2012.

The Mitsubishi Concept Global Small will take to the stand at Geneva on March 1.




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