Mitsubishi Pajero can still get a successorNovember 13, 2018
It is possible that the model will change the format and fill up the list of urban crossovers. In this case, it can intermarry with the following Nissan Pathfinder.
Mitsubishi has so far paused the development of Pajero. The fourth-generation global sales of cars continue to decline, the SUV is gradually leaving the markets. The company did not officially announce plans to create a successor. However, as the Australian website Caradvice reports, citing MMC executive director Trevor Mann, there is still interest in the SUV. So, after a break and solving more pressing issues, the Japanese manufacturer may return to Pajero.
Recall that Mitsubishi joined the alliance with Renault and Nissan in 2016. One of the reasons was the so-called “fuel scandal”: it’s about the fact that the manufacturer falsified data on fuel consumption for models produced at the company’s plants. Moreover, incorrect test results were recorded as early as 1991. After integrating Mitsubishi into the alliance, Nissan can “sponsor” the development of the new Pajero, since the Nissan Patrol Y61 SUV also needs a successor, which in some countries is sold along with the next generation model with the Y62 index. This novelty can later get a “brother” with a logo in the form of three diamonds and the name Pajero.
Another scenario – the model with the “legendary” name will become a full-size urban crossover. In this case, with the support of Nissan, the new Mitsubishi Pajero may become the closest “relative” of the next Pathfinder, about which, however, so far there is no information either.
Meanwhile, around the world last year only 34.5 thousand of such cars were sold. This result is almost 46% less compared to the 2016th. By the way, Pajero is gradually leaving the markets. Although our model is still represented: it was returned at the request of customers in May 2017. The figures are rather modest: in the incomplete last year in the Russian Federation 235 cars were sold, in the first nine months of the current year – 344 copies.
China should be noted separately – there Pajero is regularly updated, though slightly. The last restyling of the Chinese version has undergone in the summer of 2018. She has the same “stuffing” as the Russian SUV, but there are differences in the exterior. Among them, a new grille with wider chrome dies, as well as silver edging taillights. And, for example, a year earlier, the car for China received a multimedia system with a touch screen and voice control.
Note, Mitsubishi plans to revive the Lancer. This model can also be turned into a crossover. The car of the new generation is supposed to receive a design based on the e-Evolution concept, which debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show last fall.