Mitsubishi expects to create a new pickup with NissanApril 29, 2019
It may be technically close to the next-generation Frontier. With it, the company hopes to return to the pickup segment in the US market.
Mitsubishi pickups are famous and popular all over the world, however, the picture is different in the American market. There, the Japanese company has not offered a single pickup truck since 2009 – then the Raider model developed on the basis of Dodge Dakota was discontinued. Raider was called a failure – in the best year only 8,262 cars were sold. Despite this, the company sees prospects in returning to the pickup segment, the head of the North American division of Mitsubishi, Mark Chaffin, said about this edition of Ward’s Auto.
According to him, this issue should be approached carefully in order to accurately get into positions that are advantageous for Mitsubishi. This does not mean that the company will have to act alone. Not officially confirmed, but it is expected that Mitsubishi will actively use the opportunity to work with Nissan.
It is noteworthy that formally the new Mitsubishi will be based on Nissan, but within the framework of the Franco-Japanese alliance, it is Mitsubishi who plans to give the main powers regarding the development of pickups. It is assumed that the new Mitsubishi pickup will be technically close to the Nissan Frontier, the release of a new generation of which is expected in the US in 2020: the current generation has been produced for more than a decade. The recipe for a Mitsubishi pickup may be the same as that of the Renault Alaskan and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class: it is based on the Nissan Navara.
While the Japanese company has identified only common intentions, practical steps are only coming. It is noted that Triton / L200, which is popular all over the world, is not planned to be withdrawn to the US market.
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