The Mitsubishi Pajero is definitely the name which doesn’t need a special introduction in almost any part of the globe. This iconic go-anywhere, wagon-like family hauler can still achieve its primary task and also provide satisfying comfort while it has also been updated annually since the current generation introduction. However, this generation has been around more than the decade now, since the 2006 model year when this model was also discontinued in the US. In that context, for the buyers who expecting a soon redesign of this model the news we have might be disappointing. Namely, according to the latest reports, Mitsubishi hasn’t in the plan to redesign this model and it could even be faced with the discontinuation. For now, the brand will keep the current version and the 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero won’t bring any significant upgrade.
Where is the problem?
Well, the demand is, of course, of the primary importance for every carmaker and Pajero’s segment stands very low at this time. This is the first reason why Mitsubishi doesn’t hurry to redesign this model and will wait until the further decision. On the other hand, an intensive internal competition from the Pajero Sport model also seems to affect Pajero’s sales. This Triton-based SUV is almost equally capable and versatile as the Pajero but is also a more modern vehicle. What Mitsubishi is also considering is a new compact SUVs which might also delegate or even cancel Pajero’s redesign. However, as we said, Mitsubishi has put this old watch model on hold for the 2018 model year and we will see what time would bring.
2018 Mitsubishi Pajero: Design
The exterior design of the 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero won’t likely be changed. The styling was slightly refreshed for the 2015 model year with the revised grille and LED daytime running lights. The model will feature horizontal chromed grille and squared headlights as the current version. The wagon-like profile will again define this model as well as the spare wheel mounted on its tailgate.
Inside the Pajero will be comfortable and high-driving position will provide good visibility. The front seats will provide long-ride comfort and the second row will also provide equally impressive body support. The tall greenhouse will also guarantee plenty of headroom and that will also be the case with the legroom. However, the rearmost seats will be suitable for the kids.
The highlight of the cabin is also the center stack. It has well-designed controls and the 7-inch display. The infotainment system comes with modern features like the smartphone compatibility via the Android Auto and Apple Car Play. The system also supports voice activation.
The Pajero will also be available with the power and heated seats, power sunroof, automatic wipers, leather upholstery, premium Rockford Fosgate surround system, etc.
2018 Mitsubishi Pajero: Performance
The 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero will, depending on the market, be powered with several engine options. We again must say that there won’t likely be unknown facts regarding engine options as this model will again rely on the same power units.
In some markets, entire range will get power from the 3.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. It can produce 198 hp and torque of 441 Nm. Another turbocharged diesel which will be available in the selected markets is a 2.8- liter. The list should also include two petrol engines. One will be a 3.8-liter V-6 with the power ability close to 250 hp. A 3.0-liter SOHC V-6 unit will provide around 182 horsepower.
The Pajero will also come with the automatic transmission and all-wheel independent suspension which will provide predictable handling in all road conditions. On the other hand, the Pajero will primarily be equipped with the rear-wheel drive. However, the Super Select 4WD II will be optional and will provide on-road or off-road traction in all situations.
2018 Mitsubishi Pajero: Arrival, Price
Considering that this model will return almost unchanged, the same is expected for its price. The 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero should arrive late this year.