Mitsubishi Colt ClubCab
Mitsubishi Colt ClubCab - a bakkie-and-a half
Mitsubishi Motors Division of DaimlerChrysler South Africa has expanded
its successful range of Colt pick-ups with the introduction of the unique
Clubcab for the South African pick-up market. With its cab-and-a-half body
configuration, it offers added tax benefits for commercial buyers,
outstanding equipment levels and a powerful range of three engines and two
the integration of Mitsubishi Motors as a full division of DaimlerChrysler
South Africa, it has extended its model line-up by adding a ClubCab
version of the Colt bakkie range to benefit users with more applications.
The ClubCab is available in two and four-wheel drive and a choice of
Mitsubishi’s 97 kW/192 Nm 2,4-litre and 133 kW/255 Nm 3,0-litre petrol
fuel injected petrol engines, as well as a 92 kW/294 Nm (peaking at a mere
2 000 r/min) 2,8 TDi diesel powerplant.
its latest guise, the Colt bakkie range has been a marketing success bar
none. The double cab version (Rodeo) has become the top-selling double cab
4x4 in South Africa and holds around 33 per cent of that market.
to a Mitsubishi release, the Colt Rodeo 2,8Tdi 4x4, in particular, has
created a great demand from customers for a similar engine in a single
cab. Mitsubishi Motors engineers in Japan indicated that while the single
cab would not be able to package this engine, the ClubCab (extended single
SA in conjunction with the Mitsubshi Motors engineer in Japan set about
building and testing a ClubCab with the powerful 2,8-litre Turbo Diesel
engine with intercooler.
research showed that 85% of customers would be happy with a smaller load
box (this was the price to pay for an extended single cab), but most
demanded a security cover, a high specification level including air
conditioning, radio/tape, alloy wheels and safety equipment such as ABS
ClubCab is essentially an extended two-door single cab with space behind
the front seats, providing extra security space. As a commercial vehicle,
the ability for commercial enterprises to claim back VAT, provides
additional savings. Two removable, durable and lockable polyethylene
utility boxes take up the space behind the front seats of the compartment.
ClubCab range of four models – 2,8 Turbo Diesel with Intercooler and
3,0i V6 petrol (4x2 models), and the 2,4i petrol and 2,8 Turbo Diesel with
Intercooler 4x4s – have the same suspension lay-outs and under the skin
safety features as their 4x2 and 4x4 single and double-cab counterparts,
with a full specification list. ABS, alloy wheels (with 245/75R15 tyres),
central locking, air conditioning, and radio/casette with optional front
loader CD or CD shuttle, difflock and alloy wheels complete the standard
feature list. For the first time leather seats are also offered as an
option on a single cab.
4x4 models, the suspension is made up of double wishbones with a
torsion-bar spring and stabiliser up front, and rigid axle with
semi-elliptical leaf springs at the rear. A feature of the entire
Mitsubishi Colt 4x4 range is on-the-fly engagement of four-wheel drive
(4H) while the vehicle is moving at speeds of up to 100 km/h. The
free-wheel differential engages automatically when four-wheel drive is
selected. Coupled with the differential-lock facility, this means that the
Mitsubishi Colt 4x4 is extremely versatile in off-road conditions
models in the Mitsubishi Colt range are fitted as standard with a
load-sensing proportional valve (LSVP). This LSPV operates by monitoring
vehicle load and regulating the rear brake hydraulic pressure accordingly.
other Colts, the ClubCab is covered by an all-inclusive 2 years or 100