Next Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero May Move Upmarket, Offer PHEV

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.

Would you welcome the return of the Mitsubishi Montero to the U.S. market?

Source: Go Auto

I would buy one in a heartbeat, for sure. My whole family has own one at some point and they are build like a tank although fuel economy was always a bit mediocre and underpowered, those thing can go anywhere while being reliable. I have own Mitsubishi's all my life , my daily driver is a 1998 mirage ls coupe and i also have a 1993 Montero SR with 238.000 and still running like a champ and a 2004 Montero limited wonderful cars. I think if Mitsubishi refreshes there line up, brings back some of the Mojo and performance they have been lacking lately that they were so famous around the world before, they would do whole lot better.Like the @tt618 said there is room for Mitsubishi in the market still today . I hope that if Mitsubishi redesigns the Montero that they redesign it as full size not as a midsize crossover, like Nissan did with the pathfinder and ford did with the explorer.  I love mitsubishi and i love my Monteros and il'l drive them until the doors fall off.  hahaha
I really fear for automakers that reduce their product line.  This has been happening with Mitsubishi over the past few years.  It's usually the result of a lack of refreshing vehicle so they sell, which causes them to not sell, which causes them to be cancelled completely, at least in the US.  I am a big Mitsubishi fan.  I think they could recapture some of their past glory, but not without expanding their market and bringing in competitive and fresh vehicles.  There is room for a new Montero in the US.  But how about a new Gallant?  How about a new Lancer?  How about a subcompact like a Mirage?  How about a new Eclipse?  How about a rear-wheel drive sports car to compete with the Scion FR-S, like a new Starion?  How about a true crossover, maybe based on the Gallant?  How about a non-dorky EV?  Just sayin'.

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