2017 Mitsubishi Pajero New Generation

The 2017 Mitsubishi Pajero, also known as the Shogun and Montero depending on the market, is expected to make its debut as a completely redesigned model by the end of 2016. The current iteration of the capable off-roader has been around since 2000, retaining its recognizable shape without any drastic changes. One of the most notable innovations expected from the all-new Pajero is the debut of its plug-in hybrid version.

New Mitsubishi Pajero Design

The fifth-generation Pajero will be based on the GC-PHEV concept that was first unveiled by Mitsubishi at the 2014 Tokyo Motor Show. As for the production-ready model, its exterior design has been hinted by recently taken spy shots. Despite the test mule being heavily camouflaged, we’ve been able to discern some of its styling cues. The 2017 Mitsubishi Pajero will definitely share its proportions with the GC-PHEV model, while we also expect to see its new grille, fenders and tailgate inspired by the aforementioned concept. For a more detailed insight into its new design, we’ll have to wait a bit longer.

2017 Mitsubishi Pajero Release

2017 Mitsubishi Pajero Plug-in Hybrid

Engine specifications for the 2017 Mitsubishi Pajero Hybrid have yet to be disclosed. However, rumor has it that its gas-electric system will be similar to the one previewed by the GC-PHEV concept. Namely, the concept model came with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 combined with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. The system’s combined output of 330 horsepower is transmitted to the wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. On the other hand, some sources suggest that the upcoming Pajero plug-in hybrid might adopt a four-cylinder unit paired with an electric motor. It’s also interesting to note that this new gas-electric system will be able to provide electric power for low-speed off-roading. As for the conventional powertrains, expect the 2017 Pajero to come with a range of capable gasoline and diesel units.

2017 Pajero Release

More details on the Mitsubishi Pajero 2017 are expected to surface  very soon. Rumor has it that the new model is likely to be reintroduced to the US market under the Montero nameplate. Hopefully, we’ll know more about the future of this model after the upcoming 2015 Los Angeles Motor Show.

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