While some people see the bright side and are glad to see Mitsubishi remain alive, others who are more pragmatic realize that Mitsubishi has become just a shadow of its former self.
Mitsubishi was formerly known for manufacturing amazing cars like the Lancer, Galant, and Pajero, that raise the heartbeats. But currently, it only makes a handful of badge-engineered vehicles from its alliance partners Renault and Nissan. Now, however, there are reports that the iconic Pajero might make a comeback in 2027 as an upmarket Outlander with a plug-in hybrid setup. Renowned Japanese publication Best Car cites a source familiar with the automaker’s inner workings for this information.
Keep in mind that 5 distinct models bear the Pajero nameplate. The Pajero is a full-size SUV with off-road chops, the Pajero Sport is a midsize model with pickup truck underpinnings, the Pajero iO is a small SUV with Pininfarina styling, the Pajero Junior is a mini SUV based on the Minica kei car, and the kei-sized Pajero Mini is an even smaller take on the Pajero Junior. The only Pajero model still in production today is the Pajero Sport which is sold in a handful of markets.
Details are quite scarce at the moment but the source claims that Mitsubishi will equip the resurrected Pajero with luxuries and off-road capabilities that would place it in the league of Range Rover. The underpinnings as well as powertrain options will likely be sourced from its alliance partners Renault & Nissan.
It will be interesting to see how the now-small Japanese automaker, relying on its alliance partners will compete against the likes of established names like Range Rover in a niche market. For that, we will have to wait for a couple of more years to find out.
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