Dodge Colt

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Dodge Colt
Seventh generation Dodge Colt coupe
ManufacturerMitsubishi Motors
Parent companyChrysler Corporation
Also calledPlymouth Champ
Plymouth Colt
Eagle Summit
Plymouth Cricket
Model year(s)1971-1994
AssemblyKurashiki, Okayama, Japan
SuccessorDodge Attitude
Eagle Summit (For sedan, U.S. only)
ClassCompact (1971-1978)
Subcompact (1979-1994)
RelatedMitsubishi RVR
Mitsubishi Lancer
Mitsubishi Mirage
Plymouth Arrow
First generation
Also calledMitsubishi Colt Galant
Mitsubishi Galant
Production1971-1973
Body style(s)4-door sedan
2-door coupe
LayoutFR layout
Engine(s)1.3L I4
1.5L I4
1.6l I4 4g32 chain drive
Wheelbase95.3 in (2421 mm)
Second generation
1974 Dodge Colt
Also calledMitsubishi Colt Galant

Chrysler Valiant Galant
Mitsubishi Galant

Plymouth Cricket
Production1974-1975
Body style(s)4-door sedan
2-door coupe
LayoutFR layout
Engine(s)2.0l I4 G52B
1.6l I4 4g32 chain drive
Third generation
Also calledMitsubishi Galant Sigma, Mitsubishi Lancer LB, Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste

Mitsubishi Galant
Chrysler Sigma
Mitsubishi Sigma

Mitsubishi Colt Sigma
Production1976-1978
Body style(s)4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
LayoutFR layout
Engine(s)1.6L I4
1.9L I4
2.0L I4
2.6L I4
RelatedDodge Challenger

Mitsubishi Scorpion

Plymouth Sapporo
Plymouth Arrow
Dodge Colt
Also calledMitsubishi Lancer
Production1977-1978
Body style(s)2-door coupe
4-door sedan
LayoutFR layout
Engine(s)1.6L 4g32I4
Fourth generation
Also calledMitsubishi Mirage
Plymouth Colt
Plymouth Champ
Production1979-1983
Body style(s)3-door hatchback
4-door sedan
5-door hatchback
LayoutFF layout
Engine(s)1400 cc I4
Fifth generation
Dodge Colt 3-Door
Also calledMitsubishi Mirage
Plymouth Colt
Production1984-1988
Body style(s)3-door hatchback
4-door sedan
5-door van (see Mitsubishi Chariot)
LayoutFront engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine(s)1.5L 68 hp I4
Transmission(s)3-speed automatic
4-speed manual
5-speed manual
Wheelbase93.7 in (2380 mm)
LengthHatchback: 157.3 in (3995 mm)
Dodge Colt Sedan: 169.0 in (4293 mm)
Plymouth Colt Sedan: 167.3 in (4249 mm)
Width63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height50.8 in (1290 mm)
RelatedMitsubishi Lancer
Mitsubishi Chariot
Sixth generation
Sixth generation Dodge Colt 3-door
Also calledMitsubishi Mirage
Plymouth Colt
Production1989-1992
Body style(s)3-door hatchback
LayoutFF layout
Engine(s)1989-1990: 1.5L 81 hp I4
1991-92: 1.5L 92 hp I4
Transmission(s)3-speed automatic
4-speed manual
5-speed manual
Wheelbase93.9 in (2385 mm)
Length158.7 in (4031 mm)
Width65.7 in (1669 mm)
1989-1990 Dodge Colt & Base Plymouth Colt Hatchback: 65.6 in (1666 mm)
Height52.0 in (1321 mm)
RelatedMitsubishi Lancer
Mitsubishi Chariot
Seventh generation
Plymouth Colt sedan
Also calledMitsubishi Mirage
Plymouth Colt
Production1993-1994
Body style(s)4-door sedan
2-door coupe
3-door van (see Mitsubishi Chariot)
LayoutFF layout
Engine(s)1.5L 92 hp I4
1.8L 113 hp I4
Transmission(s)3-speed automatic
4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
WheelbaseSedan: 98.4 in (2499 mm)
Coupe: 96.1 in (2441 mm)
LengthSedan: 174.0 in (4420 mm)
Coupe: 171.1 in (4346 mm)
WidthBase: 66.1 in (1679 mm)
ES: 66.5 in (1689 mm)
HeightSedan: 51.4 in (1306 mm)
Coupe: 51.6 in (1311 mm)
RelatedMitsubishi Lancer
Mitsubishi Chariot

The Dodge Colt and the similar Plymouth Champ and Plymouth Colt, were subcompact cars sold by Dodge and Plymouth from 1970 (1971 MY) to 1994. They were captive imports from Mitsubishi Motors, and initially were twins of the Mitsubishi Galant and Lancer families, before shifting to the Mitsubishi Mirage in 1979.

Related versions

The Plymouth Cricket nameplate was used (rather than Dodge Colt) on Galants sold in Canada between 1973 and 1975, after Chrysler stopped using the Plymouth Cricket name for a rebadged Hillman Avenger-based model sourced from the United Kingdom (and sold across North America between 1971 and 1973).

The Plymouth Arrow was offered from 1976 to 1980 as a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste, not to be confused with the rebadged Mitsubishi truck sold as the Plymouth Arrow starting in 1979.

From 1979, the Dodge Colt and Plymouth Champ nameplates applied to the front wheel drive Mitsubishi Mirage imports into North America.

The 1980s

In 1989, the Eagle Summit joined the array of nameplates describing a Mitsubishi Mirage, as did the Colt Vista designation for tall wagon versions based on the Mitsubishi Chariot in 1984. The Colt minivans/wagons continued until 1994. The 1985-1994 Colt minivans slotted below the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager as Dodge/Plymouth's entry-level minivans.

Plymouth Colt GL coupe

Since the demise of the Dodge Omni/Plymouth Horizon in 1990, the Colt was the only subcompact in the Dodge and Plymouth lineups. The Colt sedan was not sold in North America for the sixth generation, as it would be replaced by the Dodge Shadow/Plymouth Sundance liftbacks for 1989 (along with the Canada-only Eagle Vista, a carrover model that replaced the Colt sedan), when the Colt underwent a redesign. The Dodge/Plymouth Colt sedans returned for 1993-94 as a variant of the Eagle Summit.

The last Colt Turbo was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1989.

Not unlike the related Mirage, the Colt and other similar vehicles were well utilized in rallying, both in the United States and abroad. The Colt was the most widely utilized of these variants, appearing in events through the 1970s and 1980s. A Colt was run to a third-place finish in the first ever Sno*Drift rally in 1973, and repeated the feat the following year, as well as a third time in 1982. A Plymouth Arrow was driven to third place in Group 5 of Sno*Drift in 1999.

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