Mitsubishi has confirmed that an all-new Pajero SUV will launch in European markets this summer. However, they did not clarify if it’s the new Pajero SUV or the L200-based Pajero Sport.
The new SUV will debut Mitsubishi’s Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) system, compatible with both Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The infotainment system will later expand to other models and regions.
The SDA system allows users of either Android smartphones or iPhones to connect to the dashboard display using a USB cable. Mitsubishi says the system can be operated either by using the touchscreen or by voice control, allowing drivers to access navigation and other apps on their smartphone, make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, listen to music and more.
Another advantage of the new infotainment system is the fact that updating map information for the car’s navigation system becomes unnecessary, as the system uses the latest map information from the smartphone.
Mitsubishi didn’t offer other details about the all-new Pajero that is also known as Montero or Shogun in some markets.
If it’s the Pajero Sport, as we think it is, the SUV is based on the recently-unveiled L200 pickup truck, which means it should offer the same engines and transmissions.In Europe, the new L200 is available with a 2.4-liter MIVEC turbo diesel available in two states of tune delivering 154PS (152hp) and 380Nm (280lb-ft), and 181PS (178hp) and 430Nm (317lb-ft) of torque respectively, mated to either a new 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the Pajero, also known as the Shogun and Montero, is based on the L200 truck. This is partially true as there are two separate lines of Pajeros, the Sport which is indeed based on the L200 (the one pictured in the spy shots), and the regular SUV. While Mitsubishi’s press release refers to the car as the Pajero, we think that they actually mean the Pajero Sport, but we’ll find out soon enough.