The latest reports are suggesting that the Pajero SUV is not dead. That means the upcoming 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero will arrive later this year. Moreover, this model will feature some sort of hybrid system, most likely a plug-in (PHEV) variant. Additionally, reports are suggesting a 2.4-liter gasoline engine that will work in a combination with an electric motor. Similar output can be found in the Mitsubishi Outlander model with its dual-motor setup.
Even the design will change and it will be based on the Concept GC from 2013. Pajero, Pajero Sport and even Triton pickup are all using the same ladder-frame platform. We still don’t know anything about the US-spec Montero model. Most likely, this model won’t be available in North America anymore.
2021 Pajero Exterior Redesign
The next-gen 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero will arrive with significant exterior upgrades. We could say that the complete redesign will do wonders for this SUV. According to our sources, Pajero will deploy the same ladder-frame platform that underpins Triton pickup. Moreover, the Pajero Sport model will also get the same architecture. The concept looks futuristic and very upscale. Interestingly, but this concept has been introduced seven years ago and it makes an impact now.
Thanks to that, Pajero will gain new front fascia with a more modern look. Of course, the headlights and the grille are looking impressive and are a real highlight of this model. The 2021 Pajero will also feature a new character line, more aggressive stance and brand-new rear part. The result is a significantly sleeker SUV with a more competitive design.
So far, we didn’t hear anything about interior design. However, the interior should follow the complete redesign of the exterior. That means the 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero will arrive with a brand-new cabin design. The seating layout is another mystery for now. Some rumors about dropping the third row of seats are easy to find on the internet. However, more reliable reports are saying that the seven-seat configuration will largely remain.
Interior room is more than solid and longer wheelbase could improve the spacious interior. Of course, Mitsubishi will have to deliver new high-tech features, more standard amenities and much more. An SUV without the latest driver-assistance aids is not competitive. For that reason, Mitsu will surely work on that to deliver most of the safety systems.
Mitsubishi Pajero Hybrid
Besides some rendering photos, stories about the hybrid powertrain are also present. The upcoming 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero should feature this powerplant option once it arrives. Pajero will most likely arrive with a 2.4-liter gasoline engine. Moreover, the very same gasoline works in a combination with dual-motor setup in the new Mitsubishi Outlander.
Output figures are not available, but Pajero Hybrid will surely provide around 45 miles of all-electric range. There is a good chance that the 3.2-liter turbodiesel with 190 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque will remain in the offer. However, Mitsubishi will drop its current 5-speed automatic transmission in favor of a new 8-speed automatic gearbox.
2021 Mitsubishi Pajero Price and Release Date
The price of the new-gen 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero will now start at around $35,000. Completely new design, more modern interior, and hybrid powertrain will breathe new life into Pajero SUV. The sales will start later in 2020 or at the beginning of 2021. As for the US-spec Montero SUV, we are waiting for more detailed info.