The Mitsubishi Pajero has long been the SUV of choice for those who don’t want to be bothered by rough terrain. The Sport version, more than anything, gives this old-school SUV a fresher appeal. That said, you could have yourself a tough time if you count the different names given to this popular SUV. Depending on where you hail from, this Mitsubishi can go by the names of Challenger, Pajero Sport, Montero Sport, Shogun Sport etc. Anyway, patent images of the 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport have been leaked on the interweb.
The front fascia is now more edgy in appearance and a large air dam resides at the bottom of the reworked front bumper. There are some bold elements that adorn the front bumper, but the grille is on sleeker side. We feel that the designers might have gone overboard and there’s a lot happening at the front of this SUV. However, we do like the slim profile of the headlight cluster and the steeply raked windscreen. It doesn’t take long before you notice a gentle slope in the roofline, which gives the 2016 Pajero Sport a more aerodynamic look.
The rear design isn’t as fussy as the front.
To add to the muscular appeal of the Pajero Sport, the designers have given it very pronounced wheel arches. Look closer and you will see that the side-steps now come integrated with the SUV. Good for those who have weak knees. The new taillight cluster looks sharp and points to the sporty intent of the 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero. The tailgate has also been extended right till the bumper, to make loading items at the back easier.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has a typical body-on-frame chassis and a live rear axle like old-school 4x4s. Expect the new Pajero Sport to come powered with an all-new 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder MIVEC turbo diesel engine. This engine is rated at 178bhp and 430 Nm of peak torque. This power is channeled through either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic gearbox. Depending on the market, the 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero will be available in RWD and 4WD configurations. Expect an Indian arrival somewhere in 2016, with local assembly commencing soon after.
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