Mitsubishi’s all new Pajero Sport SUV to debut in 2015



Modern day pick up truck platforms enjoy long product life cycles mainly due to the utility bent of these vehicles. Also, since the body-on-ladder frames underpinning most pick up trucks see few changes barring the occasional weight reduction effort, pick up trucks sold by most brands continue to motor on with cosmetic facelifts and improved engines, making for longer life cycles.

Note: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport images used in this report are illustrative in nature.

For instance, the latest generation Toyota Hilux platform has been around for 8 years now and so has the Mitsubishi Triton pick up truck. Both the Toyota Hilux and the Mitsubishi Triton platforms have spawned SUVs such as the Fortuner and the Pajero Sport respectively. In India, both these SUVs are direct competitors.

With Mitsubishi struggling in car markets across the globe on the back of falling sales, the Japanese automaker has come up with a three year turn around plan centered on utility vehicles and electric cars. A major cog of this turnaround plan includes a brand new Triton pick up truck platform, which will also result in an all-new Pajero Sport SUV come 2015.

Mitsubishi, which is in a joint venture with Hindustan Motors in the Indian car market, has been reduced to a one-product company here. Apart from the Pajero Sport, the Japanese automaker does not sell any other car in India. So, any update to the Pajero Sport internationally is likely to be implemented on the India-spec model.

In that light, the 2015 Pajero Sport would be sold in India as well if Mitsubishi stays on in this part of the world. For now, Mitsubishi’s plans for the Indian market remain uncertain even as the brand has tied up with Renault-Nissan globally, for sharing sedans and electric vehicles.

The Pajero Sport SUV that Mitsubishi sells in India is a 7 seater. The SUV is powered by a 2.5 liter turbo diesel engine that outputs 178 Bhp of peak power and 400 Nm of peak torque. This engine is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox that drives a four wheel drive system. The Pajero Sport is assembled at Hindustan Motors’ Tiruvallur factory through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route.

Source: AutoNews

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