Following the usual array of never ending string of teasers, reports and spy shots that were more or less official, the Japanese automaker has decided to showcase the all-new 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport / Challenger.
The model has been presented in Thailand, with MMC’s Thailand Laem Chabang Plant taking charge of production for the model. Deliveries in the country will come swiftly – this fall – with the company aiming to bring the new generation vehicle sequentially in Australia, the ASEAN nations, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Russia, with the strategy to reach deliveries in some 90 nations. The mid-size SUV finally brings some refreshes to the outdated Mitsubishi styling, with the company’s most recent “Dynamic Shield” front end that was premiered by the refreshed Outlander Sport. We have more than enough chrome and a pair of sleek headlights that have LED daytime running lights, while the fog lights have been relegated to a low position by the huge radiator grille. From then on the profile has no surprises, aiming towards a muscular stance and the back area certainly won’t suit anyone’s tastes because of the odd vertical taillights. We do know their inspiration though – the 2013 Geneva Motor Show GR-HEV concept. Inside the cabin we can easily see how the company took almost unchanged the L200 / Triton interior – as the Pajero Sport shares much of its underpinnings with the latter. We did notice the fact that Mitsubishi finally debuts the electric parking brake on one of its models.
Under the hood there’s a 2.4-liter MIVEC turbodiesel engine mated to an all-new 8-speed automatic gearbox that was specifically crafted for the 2016 Pajero Sport. There are no details in regards to the power developed though it would be fair to say it could carry over unmodified from the pickup truck, where it churns out 154 PS (113 kW) & 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) or 181 PS (133 kW) & 430 Nm (317 lb-ft). They did say that its new powertrain improves fuel economy by 17 percent compared to the outgoing model and it would have CO2 emissions of less than 200 g/km.