It’s not a secret that one of the most famous full-size SUV will come in a new form to the market. Japanese manufacturer confirmed this back in October 2014 and the main news is that new fifth-generation Pajero (in the North American market also knows as Montero) will come as Plug-In Hybrid. We will have to wait a little longer cause it will come as all new 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero. What can we expect? Well, the Japanese carmaker certainly wants to make a grand comeback and establish itself in full-size SUV segment. With new Pajero, they might achieve just that.
Note: Image of Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept – front view
2018 Mitsubishi Pajero – Platform
What can be said about the design of this model? We can say that it won’t be anything like its predecessors and probably many key design components will be taken from the earlier concept that you probably heard of. All new futuristic design should be well accepted by a wide audience. As for others, they will always find flaws in design language. We won’t talk about how it will exactly look since info about this topic is scarce at the moment. But we can talk about something that is already known and that is the platform. Apart from those design language, the platform will also be taken from Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept that was revealed at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Interior is another mystery, but you are probably wondering what GC-PHEV stands for?
Note: Image of Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept – side view
2018 Mitsubishi Pajero – Power Train
Apart from regular power trains new Pajero as we sad before will come as in Plug-in Hybrid. That might answer your question because GC-PHEV stands for “Grand Cruiser Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle”. Japanese carmaker combined supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with a 70 kW electric motor. V6 alone produces 335 horsepower, while electric motor will add additional 94. And that well over 400 horsepower to launch this model straight from the runway. We would like to see Mitsubishi claims come true regarding the fuel economy regarding the concept. According to them in the EV-only mode, it will be able to reach 25 miles. While in combination economy is around 35 mpg. That isn’t bad for an SUV with over 400 horsepower. Well, we would wish to see even better numbers when 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero comes out.
Note: Image of Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept – rear view
2018 Mitsubishi Pajero – Transmission
Another awesome thing that we could see in new Pajero is the transmission. Mitsubishi used Super All-Wheel Control or S-AWC. This is now updated even more. What does it do now? Well, it features two differentials, front, and center to split power. And not only on front and rear but also from side to side. Another thing that we would wish to see in this off-roader is active electronic yaw control. With this electric motor will be able to send different torque to each of the front wheels, and that certainly might come in handy in mud terrain.
2018 Mitsubishi Pajero – Release date
Until there is more info to share, there isn’t a point in writing anything else that is in the domain of imagination, except that 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero will be revealed in early 2018.