ESP MITSUBISHI COLT 2011 Owner's Manual (in English)
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Thank you for selecting a COLT as your new vehicle.
This owner’s manual will add to your understanding and full enjoyment of
the many fine features of this vehicle.
It contains information prepared to acquaint you with the proper way to oper-
ate and maintain your vehicle for the utmost in driving pleasure.
MITSUBISHI MOTORS Europe B.V. reserves the right to make changes in
design and specifications and/or to make additions to or improvements in
this product without obligation to install them on products previously manu-
It is an absolute requirement for the driver to strictly observe all laws and reg-
ulations concerning vehicles.
This owner’s manual has been written in compliance with such laws and reg-
ulations, but some of the contents may become contradictory with later amend-
ment of the laws and regulations.
Please leave this owner’s manual in this vehicle at time of resale. The next
owner will appreciate having access to the information contained in this own-
Repairs to your vehicle:
Vehicles in the warranty period:
All warranty repairs must be carried out by a MITSUBISHI MOTORS Au-
thorized Service Point.
Vehicles outside the warranty period:
Where the vehicle is repaired is at the discretion of the owner.
Throughout this owner’s manual the words WARNING and CAUTION ap-
These serve as reminders to be especially careful. Failure to follow instruc-
tions could result in personal injury or damage to your vehicle.WARNING
indicates a strong possibility of severe personal injury or death if in-
structions are not followed.
means hazards or unsafe practices that could cause minor personal in-
jury or damage to your vehicle.
You will see another important symbol:
NOTE:gives helpful information.*:indicates optional equipment.
It may differ according to the sales classification; refer
to the sales catalogue.
Abbreviations used in this owner’s manual:
LHD: Left-Hand Drive
RHD: Right-Hand Drive
Information for station service E09300102435
Fuel tank capacity47 litresFuel requirementsUnleaded petrol octane number (EN228)
95 RON or higher
Refer to the “General information” section for the fuel selection.Engine oilRefer to the “Maintenance” section for the selection of engine oil.Tyre inflation pressureRefer to the “Maintenance” section for the tyre inflation pressure.
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6.To close, turn the fuel tank filler tube cap
slowly clockwise until you hear clicking
sounds, then gently push the fuel tank filler
door closed.CAUTIONl If you need to replace the fuel tank filler
tube cap, use only the cap specified for
your model vehicle.Installation of accessories E00200300413
We recommend you to consult your MITSUBISHI
MOTORS Authorized Service Point.
l The installation of accessories, optional
parts, should only be carried out within the
limits prescribed by law in your country, and
in accordance with the guidelines fitting in-
structions and warnings contained within the
documents accompanying the parts or acces-
l Improper installation of electrical compo-
nents may cause an electrical fire if incorrect-
ly fitted. Please refer to the Modification/al-
teration to the electrical or fuel systems sec-
tion within this owner’s manual.
l Using a cellular phone or radio set inside the
vehicle without an external antenna may
cause electrical system interference, which
could lead to unsafe vehicle operation.
l Tyres and wheels which do not meet specifi-
cations must not be used.
Refer to the “Specifications” section for in-
formation regarding wheel and tyre sizes.
Due to large number of accessory and replacement
parts of different manufactures available in the mar-
ket, it is not possible, not only for MITSUBISHI
MOTORS , but also for a MITSUBISHI MOTORS
Authorized Service Point, to check whether the at-
tachment or installation of such parts affects the
overall safety of your MITSUBISHI-vehicle.
Even when such parts are officially authorized, for
example by a “general operators permit” (an ap-
praisal for the part) or through the execution of the
part in an officially approved manner of construc-
tion, or when a single operation permit following
the attachment or installation of such parts, it can-
not be deduced from that alone, that the driving safe-
ty of your vehicle has not been affected.
Consider also that there basically exists no liability
on the part of the appraiser or the official. Only in
the case of parts ( MITSUBISHI MOTORS original
replacement or exchange parts as well as
MITSUBISHI MOTORS genuine accessories) that
are recommended and released by a MITSUBISHI
MOTORS Authorized Service Point and that are at-
tached or installed by a MITSUBISHI MOTORS
Authorized Service Point can you assume, that op-
timal safety has been provided. The same also per-
tains to modifications of MITSUBISHI vehicle
with respect to the production specifications. For
your own safety, in such cases, you should only un-
dertake modifications according to the recommen-
dations of a MITSUBISHI MOTORS Authorized
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“Child-protection” rear doors (5-door models) E00300900638
Child protection helps prevent doors from being
opened accidentally, especially when small chil-
dren are in the rear seat.
A lever is provided on each rear door.
If the lever is set to the locked position, the rear
door cannot be opened using the inside handle.
To open the rear door while the child protection is
in use, pull the outside door handle.
If the lever is set to the “Free” position, the child
protection mechanism does not function.
CAUTIONl When driving with a child in the rear
seat, please use the child protection to pre-
vent accidental door opening which may
cause an accident.Tailgate E00301400890WARNINGlIt is dangerous to drive with the tailgate
open, since carbon monoxide (CO) gas
can enter the cabin.
You cannot see or smell CO. It can cause
unconsciousness and even death.
l When opening and closing the tailgate,
make sure that there are no people near-
by and be careful not to hit your head or
pinch your hands, neck, etc.CAUTIONl Do not stand behind the exhaust pipe
when loading and unloading luggage.
Heat from the exhaust could lead to burns.
l Locking/unlocking of the driver’s door by us-
ing the key (LHD vehicles only), inside lock
knob (driver side) or keyless entry system al-
so locks/unlocks the tailgate.
To lock or unlock from inside the vehi-
The tailgate can be locked or unlocked by using the
inside lock knob (driver side), regardless of the po-
sition of the ignition key.
If the tailgate is locked or unlocked by using the in-
side lock knob (driver side), it can still be locked or
unlocked with the key.
NOTE l Repeated continuous operating between lock
and unlock could cause the central door
locks’ built-in protection circuit to prevent
the system from operating. If this occurs,
wait about 1 minute before operating the knob.
Locking and unlocking
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Manual window control (5-door
models, rear door window only)* E00302100083
1- To open
2- To close
Electric window control E00302200042
The electric windows can only be operated with the
ignition switch in the “ON” position.Electric window control switch E00302301330
Each door window opens or closes while the corre-
sponding switch is operated.
1- Driver’s door window
2- Front passenger’s door window
3- Rear left door window (5-door models)*
4- Rear right door window (5-door models)*
5- Lock switch
WARNINGl Before operating the electric window con-
trol, make sure that nothing is capable of
being trapped (head, hand, finger, etc.).
l Never leave the vehicle without removing
l Never leave a child (or other person who
might not be capable of safe operation of
the electric window control) in the vehicle
l The child may tamper with the switch at
the risk of its hands or head being trap-
ped in the window.
l Repeated operation with the engine stopped
will run down the battery. Operate the win-
dow switches only while the engine is running.
The driver’s switches can be used to operate all
door windows. A window can be opened or closed
by operating the corresponding switch.
Press the switch down to open the window, and
pull up the switch to close it.
If the switch for the driver’s window is fully press-
ed down, the door window automatically opens com-
If you want to stop the window movement, pull up
The passenger’s switches can be used to operate
the corresponding passenger’s door windows.
Locking and unlocking
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To adjust height
Adjust the head restraint height so that the centre
of the restraint is as close as possible to eye level to
reduce the chances of injury in the event of colli-
sion. Any person too tall for the restraint to reach
their seated eye level, should adjust the restraint as
high as possible.
To raise the head restraint, move it upward. To low-
er the restraint, move it downward while pushing
the height adjusting knob (A) in the direction of the
arrow. After adjustment, push the head restraint
downward and make sure that it is locked.To remove
Lift the head restraint with the height adjusting
knob (A) pushed in.
Confirm that the head restraint is facing the correct
direction, and then insert it into the seatback while
pressing the height adjusting knob (A) in the direc-
tion indicated by the arrow.
CAUTIONl Confirm that the height adjusting knob
(A) is correctly adjusted as shown in the
illustration, and also lift the head re-
straints to ensure that they do not come
out of the seatback.CAUTIONl The head restraints for the front and rear
seats differ in size. When installing head
restraints, make sure the front and rear
head restraints are fitted in their respec-
Failure to do so could cause serious in-
jury if involved in an accident.
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To protect you and your passengers in the event of
an accident, it is the most important that the seat
belts be worn correctly when you drive.
The front seat belts have a pretensioner system.
These belts are used the same way as a convention-
al seat belt.
Refer to “Seat belt pretensioner system and force
limiter system” on page 2-13.WARNINGl Always place the shoulder belt over your
shoulder and across your chest. Never
put it behind you or under your arm.
l One seat belt should be used by only one
person. Doing otherwise can be dangerous.
l The seat belt will provide its wearer with
maximum protection if the recliner seat-
back is placed in fully upright position.
When the seatback is reclined, there is
greater risk that the passenger will slide
under the belt, especially in a forward im-
pact accident, and may be injured by the
belt or by striking the instrument panel
l Seat belts should always be worn by ev-
ery adult who drives or rides in this vehi-
cle, and by all children who are tall
enough to wear seat belts properly.
l Remove any twists when using the belt.
l No modifications or additions should be
made by the user which will either pre-
vent the seat belt adjusting devices from
operating to remove slack, or prevent the
seat belt assembly from being adjusted to
remove slack.WARNINGl To reduce risk of serious or fatal injury
in an accident, including the deploying
driver airbag, the driver should adjust
the driver’s seat to the rear most position
that still allows good visibility and good
control of the steering wheel, the brake
and accelerator, and vehicle controls.
l Never hold a child in your arms or on
your lap when riding in this vehicle, even
if you are wearing your seat belt. To do
so risks severe or fatal injury to your
child in a collision or sudden stop.
l Always adjust the belt to a snug fit.3-point type seat belt (with emergency
locking mechanism) E00404901302
This type of belt requires no length adjustment.
Once worn, the belt adjusts itself to the movement
of the wearer, but in the event of a sudden or strong
shock, the belt automatically locks to hold the wear-
l You can check if the belt locks by pulling it
To fasten 1.Pull the seat belt out slowly while holding
the latch plate.
NOTE l When the seat belts cannot be pulled out in a
locked condition, pull the belts once forceful-
ly and then return them. After that, pull the
belts out slowly once again.
2. Insert the latch plate into the buckle until a
“click” is heard.CAUTIONl Never wear the lap portion of the belt
across your abdomen. During accidents it
can press sharply against the abdomen
and increase the risk of injury.
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Seat belt pretensioner system andforce limiter system E00405700010
The driver’s seat and front passenger’s seat each
have a seat belt equipped with a pretensioner system.Pretensioner system E00405801151
The pretensioner system will retract their respec-
tive seat belts instantaneously, thus maximizing the
seat belt’s effectiveness, if there is a frontal impact
severe enough to injure the driver and/or front pas-
senger and the ignition switch is in the “ON” or
WARNINGl To obtain the best results from your pre-
tensioner seat belt, make sure you do the
following: • Adjust the seat to the proper position.Refer to “Front seat” on page 2-04.
• Fasten your seat belt properly. Refer to “Seat belts” on page 2-10.CAUTIONl Installation of audio equipment or re-
pairs in the vicinity of the pretensioner
seat belts or floor console must be per-
formed in line with MITSUBISHI
MOTORS guidelines. It is important to
do so because the work could affect the
pretensioner systems.CAUTIONl If you need to scrap the vehicle, please con-
sult a MITSUBISHI MOTORS Author-
ized Service Point. It is important to do
so because unexpected activation of the
pretensioner seat belts could cause inju-
l The pretensioner seat belts will be activated
if the vehicle suffers a severe frontal impact,
even if the seat belts are not worn.
l The pretensioner seat belts are designed to
work only once. After the pretensioner seat
belts have been activated, we recommend
you have them replaced by a MITSUBISHI
MOTORS Authorized Service Point.
SRS warning lamp E00405900038
This warning lamp is shared by the SRS airbags
and the pretensioner seat belts. Refer to “SRS warn-
ing lamp” on page 2-33.
Force limiter system E00406000049
In the event of a collision, each force limiter sys-
tem will effectively absorb the load applied to the
seat belt so as to minimize the impact to the passen-
Child restraint E00406401473
When transporting children in your vehicle, some
type of child restraint system should always be
used according to the size of the child. This is re-
quired by law in most countries.
The regulations concerning driving with children in
the front seat may differ from country to country.
You are advised to comply with the relevant regula-
tions.WARNINGl When possible, put children in the rear
seat. Accident statistics indicate that chil-
dren of all sizes and ages are safer when
properly restrained in the rear seat rath-
er than in the front seat.
l Holding a child in your arms is no substi-
tute for a restraint system. Failure to use
a proper restraint system can result in se-
vere or fatal injury to your child.
l Each child restraint device or fixing is to
be used only by one child.
l When attaching a child restraint to the
rear seat, place the front seatbacks in the
Otherwise, the child could be seriously in-
jured in the event of hard braking or a col-
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How the Supplemental Restraint Sys-
tem works E00407301583
The SRS includes the following components:
1- Airbag module (Driver)
2- Front passenger’s airbag OFF indication lamp
3- Airbag module (Passenger)
4- Front passenger’s airbag ON-OFF switch
5- Side airbag modules*
6- Curtain airbag modules*
The airbags will operate only when the ignition
switch is in the “ON” or “START” position.
The airbags deployment produces a sudden, loud
noise, and releases some smoke and powder, but
these conditions are not injurious, and do not indi-
cate a fire in the vehicle. People with respiratory
problems may feel some temporary irritation from
chemicals used to produce the deployment; open
the windows after airbag deployment, if safe to do
The airbags deflate very rapidly after deployment,
so there is little danger of obscured vision.CAUTIONl Airbags inflate at an extremely rapid
speed. In certain situations, contact with
inflating airbags can result in abrasions,
light cuts, bruises, and the like.Front passenger’s airbag ON-OFF
The front passenger’s airbag ON-OFF switch can
be used to disable the front passenger’s airbag. If
you have a child restraint system that cannot be fit-
ted to any seat other than the front passenger seat,
be sure to turn OFF the front passenger’s airbag
ON-OFF switch before using it. (Refer to “To turn
an airbag off” on page 2-26.)
The front passenger’s airbag ON-OFF switch is lo-
cated in the glove box.Front passenger’s airbag OFF indication lamp E00411500101
The front passenger’s airbag OFF indication lamp
is located in the meter.
The indication lamp normally comes on when the
ignition switch is turned to the “ON” position, and
goes off a few seconds later.
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The front airbags are designed to deploy when the
vehicle suffers a moderate to severe frontal impact.
A typical condition is shown in the illustration.
The front airbags will deploy if the severity of im-
pact is above the designed threshold level, compa-
rable to an approximately 25 km/h (16 mph) colli-
sion when impacting straight into a solid wall that
does not move or deform. If the severity of the im-
pact is below the above threshold level, the front air-
bags may not deploy. However, this threshold
speed will be considerably higher if the vehicle
strikes an object that absorbs the impact by either
deforming or moving (for example, another station-
ary vehicle, pole or a guard rail).
Because frontal collisions can easily move you out
of position, it is important to always properly wear
your seat belts. Your seat belts will help keep you
in a safe distance from the steering wheel and in-
strument panel during the initial stages of airbag de-
ployment. The initial stage of airbag inflation is the
most forceful, and can possibly cause serious or fa-
tal injuries. Moreover, the seat belts in your vehicle
are your primary means of protection in a collision.
The SRS airbags are designed to provide additional
protection. Therefore, for your safety and the safe-
ty of all occupants, be sure to always properly wear
your seat belts.
The front airbags MAY NOT DEPLOY when…
With certain types of frontal collisions, the vehi-
cle’s body structure is designed to absorb the shock
to help protect the occupants from harm. (The vehi-
cle body’s front area may deform significantly as it
absorbs the impact.) Under such circumstances, the
front airbags may not deploy irrespective of the de-
formation and damage to the vehicle body.Examples of some typical conditions are shown in
Because the front airbags do not protect the occu-
pant in all types of frontal collisions, be sure to al-
ways properly wear your seat belts.Collision with a utility pole, tree or other narrow objectsVehicle slides under the rear body of a truckOblique frontal impactsThe front airbags ARE NOT DESIGNED TO DE-
The front airbags are not designed to deploy in con-
ditions where they cannot typically provide protec-
tion to the occupant. Such conditions are shown in
Because the front airbags do not protect the occu-
pant in all types of collisions, be sure to always prop-
erly wear your seat belts.Rear end collisionsSide collisionsVehicle rolls onto its side or roof
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The side airbags and curtain airbags MAY NOT
With certain types of side collisions, the vehicle’s
body structure is designed to absorb the shock to
help protect the occupants from harm. (The vehicle
body’s side area may deform significantly as it ab-
sorbs the impact.) Under such circumstances, the
side airbags and curtain airbags may not deploy ir-
respective of the deformation and damage to the ve-
Examples of some typical conditions are shown in
Because the side airbags and curtain airbags do not
protect the occupant in all types of collisions, be
sure to always properly wear your seat belts.Side impacts in an area away from the passenger
compartmentMotorcycle or other similar small vehicle collides with the
side of vehicleCollision with a utility pole, tree or other narrow objectOblique side impactsVehicle rolls onto its side or roof
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