In an official statement, Mitsubishi India has stated that the company will not be launching its Pajero Sport SUV in India at the Expo, as planned earlier. The delay has much to do with the flood situation in Thailand which jeopardized the operations of various carmakers, including Mitsubishi.
According to Mr. Manoj Jha, Managing Director, Hindustan Motors, “we had decided to launch Pajero as well as new variants from the HM stable at the Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi. However, some dislocation of operations at Mitsubishi Motors’ Thailand facility due to natural calamity and unexpected events compelled us to alter our plans for participation in the auto show. The rescheduled launch of Pajero and HM stable vehicles will start from the first quarter of the coming year (2012) with appropriate publicity”
The new pajero may sport a 2.5-liter 16-valve inline-4 intercooled turbocharged DOHC diesel producing 136PS of power and 314Nm of torque. Equipped with ABS, Airbags, EBD, Collapsible steering column, Reverse Camera, Cruise Control & 2 DIN touchscreen, the Pajero Sports looks like a rather advanced piece of kit. The new version of the SUV will be sportier looking than the present one and would accommodate 7 people. Expect the price to be in the region of Rs 20 lakh.
Mitsubishi is also mentioned another passenger vehicle in the New Year, without divulging any further details.