The next-generation Mitsubishi Pajero (formerly sold in the U.S. as the Montero) may move upmarket and even offer a plug-in hybrid variant, a new report suggests. A Mitsubishi representative speaking to Go Auto also admitted that a redesigned could be up to three years away, partly because the automaker has yet to determine what direction to take with the SUV.
Plug-in hybrid technology from the Outlander PHEV could help the automaker meet increasingly strict fuel economy and emissions standards around the world. While the current model, introduced in 1999, uses a unique semi-monocoque body construction, the upcoming model could use full unibody construction to reduce weight and increase efficiency. Luxury touches could also be added to the next-generation model, as well, though there’s no word on whether we’ll ever see a Montero/Pajero in the U.S. above the new 2014 Outlander.
Despite all the proposed changes to the SUV, the Mitsubishi rep insisted that as the brand’s flagship, the next Pajero would maintain its “leading go-anywhere capability” and that “off-roading is absolutely necessary” for markets including the Middle East, Europe, and Australia.
Considering the automaker’s push to become an electric and hybrid technology brand, a Pajero or Montero PHEV wouldn’t be surprising, especially in light of the GR-HEV concept that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The GR-HEV is a diesel hybrid truck that uses a 2.5-liter diesel engine with an electric motor, automatic transmission, and electronically controlled four-wheel drive.
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Source: Go Auto