Next-gen 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport will not come to India before Feb 2016 – IAB Report

Posted on: Jun 23, 2015 - 5:38pm IST

New Pajero Sport reported to have its world premiere in Thailand later this year.

The next generation 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport will be revealed in Thailand in the second half of this calendar year. Patent drawings showing the design of the SUV have already leaked on the internet, and technical details are slowly trickling in as well.

2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport rendering
Our artist’s rendering of the 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport based on leaked patent images.

The Pajero Sport is currently the only model sold by Mitsubishi in India, where sales and service is managed by Hindustan Motor Finance Corp (HMFCL). However, the brand is in no hurry to launch the new yet-to-be-revealed Pajero Sport. When asked by IndianAutosBlog if the new-gen Pajero Sport will launch in India by February 2016, Mr. Sunil Kumar Singh, Vice-president (sales & marketing), HMFCL, firmly said that the launch will not take place in that period, or before that. Mr. Singh declined to comment when asked for a specific launch period.

The 2016 Pajero Sport is expected to be based on the new Mitsubishi Triton pickup, which was revealed in Thailand in November last year. As a result, the new Pajero Sport too will benefit from the newly-developed 2.4-liter MIVEC diesel engine, which on the Triton develops 181 PS and 430 Nm of torque, and is matched to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.

2015 Mitsubishi Triton front at the 2014 Thailand International Motor Expo
The Triton’s new 2.4-liter MIVEC engine is expected to be seen on the new Pajero Sport as well.

When HMFCL goes ahead with the launch of the new Pajero Sport, it will continue to assemble the SUV at its Tiruvallur plant from Thai-made CKD kits. On June 21, 2015, HMFCL inaugurated its first dealership in Gurgaon.

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