2018 Mitsubishi Pajero Release Date
A completely redesigned version of Mitsubishi’s famous full-size SUV will make its debut for the 2018 model year. The all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero is expected to hit the dealerships during 2017. Mitsubishi has also announced changes across the rest of its range. By the time the Pajero arrives, the Japanese automaker will have launched a freshened Outlander, redesigned ASX and a whole new Pajero Sport SUV.
The future of the Mitsubishi brand and its design philosophy has been recently previewed by three concept models. These models announce substantial enhancements when it comes to safety systems, off-road capabilites, fuel efficiency as well as the driving experience. Most of these innovations and updates will find their place in Mitsubishi’s upcoming models. Of course, the same goes for the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV.
2018 Mitsubishi Pajero Redesign and Specs
As mentioned earlier, the new-generation of the popular full-size SUV will be based on three different concept vehicles. These are the GC-PHEV, XR-PHEV and Concept AR. Nevertheless, the GC-PHEV concept will be the most influential one when it comes to the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero. Not surprisingly, bearing in mind the fact that the GC acronym actually stands for „Grand Cruiser“.
The GC-PHEV concept was fitted with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It came as part of the company’s intentions to design a mighty full-size SUV that is also fuel efficient and eco-friendly at the same time. Being based on the GC-PHEV, the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero will have very little in common with its predecessors.
The GC-PHEV concept’s hybrid-electric system consists of a 3.0-liter V6 engine coupled with an electric motor, while the power is transmitted through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Now, the production model will get a different hybrid system that includes a four-cylinder gasoline engine, an electric motor and high capacity lithium-ion batteries. The vehicle be able to use electric power exclusively, but only at lower speeds. As well as the GC-PHEV concept, the upcoming Pajero (Shogun or Montero) will be fitted with the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system as well as the latest safety features.
Some skeptical voices suggest that the Pajero’s futuristic design combined with its new hybrid powerplant might affect this model in a negative way. They fear that the new-generation Pajero will loose some of its off-road abilities and performance in favor of becoming a fashionable crossover SUV. According to Mitsubishi, the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero will remain a „true 4×4 sport utility vehicle“ that provides an authentic off-road driving experience.