The fifth generation, 2016 Mitsubishi Triton pick up truck has just been unveiled. How is this vehicle relevant to India, you may ask. Well, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport luxury SUV, second only to the Toyota Fortuner in terms of sales here, is based on the Triton. The SUV shares its ladder frame chassis and much of its mechanical attributes with the Triton, just as how the Toyota Hilux pick up truck and Fortuner SUV are related. So, when the Triton gets a big update, it’s usually translates into changes to the Pajero Sport as well. That brings us to CarToq’s speculative render on how the 2016, third generation Pajero Sport will look like.
Given the fact that the current and 4th generation Triton, and the 2nd generation Pajero Sport share a similar front end, the 2016 SUV is also expected to show a similar design language. Other details that the new Triton features, and that could filter down to the next-gen Pajero Sport are better comfort and safety levels on the inside, revised handling dynamics, a shorter turning radius and refreshed interiors. In terms of mechanicals, a 2.4 liter-4 cylinder, downsized MIVEC turbo diesel motor replaced the 2.5 liter unit, but makes more power and torque. Rated power and torque outputs of this engine on the Triton are 180-430 Nm, up from 178 Bhp-400 Nm that the larger motor manages.
A new six speed manual gearbox replaced the five speeder while the five speed automatic transmission continues to be on offer. Rear wheel drive and four wheel drive layouts will be on offer, with the latter offer low and high ratios for off roading. As things stand today, Mitsubishi, along with its Indian partner, Hindustan Motor Financial Corporation Limited (HMFCL) assembles the current-gen Pajero Sport at the latter’s Tiruvallur factory, near Chennai, through the CKD kit route. The same set up is likely to continue for the third generation version of the SUV as well, with the kits imported from Thailand.
With Mitsubishi planning a slew of car and SUV launches for India in the next couple of years, the all-new Pajero Sport is very likely to figure in that list. Expect the all-new SUV to arrive here by the end of 2016 or early 2017.