A specification-packed addition to the Colt family arrives at Mitsubishi dealers in time for September’s registration plate change.

The three-door Colt Blue, priced at £8,499, is aimed directly at style-conscious drivers and, with free insurance and three years’ free servicing included throughout September, it makes Mitsubishi ownership more accessible and more appealing to a younger audience.

Created following the success of the Red and Black models, Colt Blue comes with an array of interior and exterior kit along with guaranteed low running costs courtesy of a lively and charismatic 1.1-litre three-cylinder engine.

With a litre of petrol nudging towards £1, owners will enjoy infrequent fuel station stops thanks to a combined fuel economy figure of 49.6mpg while ultra-clean CO2 emissions of 135g/km place the Colt Blue in one of the lowest road tax bands. But, unlike some supermini rivals, being frugal doesn’t come at the sacrifice of performance. Quickly shift through the slick five-speed manual gearbox and 0-62mph is dialled up in just 12.9 seconds and, where legal, this cool Colt will reach a 103mph maximum.

Of course, in typical Mitsubishi fashion, economy and performance are only part of the appeal. As well as the striking Atlantis Blue metallic paintwork and colour-coded bodywork features, Colt Blue sits on a set of smart 16-inch alloy wheels to create a striking sense of head-turning style.

And the colour co-ordination continues inside. The unique blue interior is complemented by a blue and black leather steering wheel and gear shift knob while the kit list includes everything the young man or woman about town could ever desire. As well as the remote central locking, electric front windows, CD player, sliding rear seat, ABS and twin airbags fitted to all Colts, the Blue adds automatic headlights, automatic wipers, seatback pockets, upgraded MP3-compatible six-speaker sound system and side airbags.

Like all Mitsubishis, the Colt Blue provides complete peace of mind ownership courtesy of an unlimited three year mileage warranty with pan-European breakdown cover.