Mitsubishi to launch Pajero Sport automatic on November 14 in India
There are two vehicles that we think of when we hear about Mitsubishi, one being the Mitsubishi lancer sedan and the other being the rugged and all terrain Pajero. The lancer diesel sedan has been discontinued from the Indian market in 2012 but Mitsubishi still sells its butch SUV the Pajero Sport in India.
The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is known for its off-road prowess and dominating on road presence of an SUV. Now Mitsubishi has announced that it will be launching the Pajero Sport automatic in India on November 14. The Pajero Sport automatic is expected to get revised exteriors over its manual sibling. Changes to the interiors are also expected and the additions made to the Pajero Sport Limited Edition variant will make it to the automatic variant. Changes include an integrated DVD player, navigation system, a cooler box located in the boot and reverse parking assist.
Powering the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport AT variant will be the tried and tested 2.5 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel which produces 175bhp of power at 4,000rpm and 400nm of twisting force. Mitsubishi fans will be disappointed as the automatic variant of the Pajero Sport will not be available with a 4-wheel drive system and will feature only a 2-wheel drive system. The 5-speed AT transmission will put down power to the rear wheels and the AT could prove to be more fuel efficient than the 4-wheel drive manual variant. The Pajero Sport manual has a claimed fuel efficiency of 12kmpl.
The automatic variant of the Pajero Sport SUV will definitely be a boon to those looking for a proper off-roader with an auto transmission. The AT variant will offer a stress free drive which is missing these days due congested roads and traffic jams. The Japanese SUV will compete with the likes of Ssangyong Rexton, Toyota Fortuner, Hyndai Santa Fe and the Honda CRV automatic variants. The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport manual variant is priced at Rs. 23, 91,000 ex-showroom, New Delhi. It is a very capable SUV but the only short coming would be the lack of a 4-wheel drive on the automatic variant and the somewhat small number of sales and service support outlets for Mitsubishi Motors in India.