This Is Mitsubishi’s New 2016 Pajero Sport

Mitsubishi and Toyota are going hand-in-hand with their new truck-based SUVs that are set to be revealed in the coming weeks.

After seeing a multitude of photos of Toyota’s new Hilux-based 2016 Fortuner ahead of its July 19 debut, Mitsubishi’s rivaling Pajero Sport was captured while filming a commercial.

Mitsubishi’s tough SUV, which is known under different names across the world, including Montero Sport, Nativa, Pajero Dakar and Challenger, is built on the Japanese brand’s new L200 pickup truck that was introduced at the Geneva motor show this year.

In these pictures that come courtesy of the Headlightmag forums, the new Pajero Sport appears to have a swoopier and more futuristic design (see how close our Future Car rendering came to the actual SUV here), not only from the SUV it replaces, but also, from many of its competitors, including the aforementioned 2016 Toyota Fortuner and Chevy’s Trailblazer (not for North America).

Set to have its world premiere at the 2015 Bangkok International Grand Motor Sale on August 1, the new-gen Pajero Sport will likely be available with the same engine-lineup as the L200, offering a 2.4-liter turbo diesel in two states of tune (154PS and 181PS) or a 2.5-liter turbo diesel with 128PS and 178PS (depending on the market), together with a 128PS 2.4-liter four-pot petrol.

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  • Mike Gonzalez

    it’s pretty obvious this is an improvement over the current one, but the rear-end is just painful to watch

  • NG212

    This is funky and futuristic, but honestly, I don’t mind it.

    Much better than the Mirage and ancient Lancer and their CUVs on sale in the U.S.

  • Matthew Raworth

    Good to see Mitsubishi getting back in the game. It seems as if they have abandoned their line-up over the past few years.

    • donald seymour

      Pasts few years? You mean a decade.

  • none

    The front is a disaster, extremely ugly. Rear sides also a an example of how NOT to design a car.
    They will not sell many of these.. With this hopeless design, it’s like they are donating all their market shares to the vw-group, volvo and bmw.

  • Karter Harmon-Wilkening

    Oh, no… the tail lights melted!

  • klowik

    If the tail light is damaged, it’s quite big piece and expensive to be replaced.

  • fabri99

    At the back looks like Honda Fit on steroids

  • Toss

    I’m so disgust about Mitsubishi. They used once Pajero Sport name, than they drop it. Now, when they see that Land Rover/Range Rover successfully use Sport name, they will use it again. Zero inspiration.

    • Kit Mallorca

      They already used it back in the late 90’s 🙂

      • Cherokee L. smith

        Nope, it existed in 2000

  • Ilbirs

    Undeniably Mitsubishi took the bold way, comprehensible if we consider how stagnant the brand was in these last times. Basically we must consider that part of this Pajero Sport already existed, as it is the recently released new generation of L200 until the B pillar, just with a shorter wheelbase as it’d be with a compact truck derived SUV.
    As we can notice by the bumpers that don’t protrude, it doesn’t take U.S. in account of the markets that will be sold, as this kind of solution is more of a Old World thing that is also repeated in other markets that will be soon released. The “melted” taillights are weird, trully, and I’ll suspect that will be more prone to be broken, even if they’re protected by more parking sensors than we’d normally see (if I’m right, there are six instead of the normal four). I liked the rear window shape a bit slanted in its upper part, even if it has the problem of having a very tiny wiper that will only clean a little part of its extension. Maybe there are some aerodynamic tweak to keep this glass clean.

    What I didn’t like were the rear quarter windows, too sloping for me. Considering the possibility of this vehicle having a seven-passenger version, maybe the third row will be very claustrophobic. About the front end, even if it remembers some current Hondas, is just following a recent Mit trend (see the restyled Outlander and concept cars showed in these last years).

  • J Hod

    its obviously not getting any better than what is here to see with upcoming official unveil. and if this is their idea of exterior for 2016my, theres no point of hopes for interior. but on the bright side its an improvement 🙂

  • Carol Smith


  • R1S0

    behind C-pillar starts a pure tragedy.

    • Braddo

      I agree – Mitsi lost it ages ago. Would never buy one.
      This design is just tragic period.

      • Cherokee L. smith

        Even fortuner is ugly, it’s little better than this

    • Cherokee L. smith

      It copies the prado
      Then the headlights are CRV
      Then the Back is CRV with melted tai lights
      Then the body is a Chevrolet Traverse
      That is the total copyright infringement

  • ME

    What’s the difference between this in the Outlander?

  • Bo Hanan

    In addition to having an ugly ass, one small fender-bender and the hole rear clip, (door included) has to be replaced. It’s like they don’t want to sell cars….

  • donald seymour

    Unlike the majority of you guys and possible some gals, I will drive the wheels off this vehicle. I absolutely love the uniqueness of it. Excellent.

  • Ken Lyns

    Pajero = wanker in Spanish, right?

  • Kash

    the back reminds me of the new XC90. I also like the looks of this. Looks futuristic and sleek and cool. I mean the sides look a little long and make it look kind of awkward but otherwise it looks good.

  • Cherokee L. Smith

    Honda CRV Modulo – Front
    Toyota Prado – Side – C Pillar
    Cadillac Escalade – Tail Lights
    Old Engine 4D56 – Worst Emission
    All in All its Pajero Sport
    I Can Put Hearse Sign on that C Pillar

  • Alex Norris

    Nice looking SUV!

  • Peps Llamas

    Those tail lights. Hahaha!T_T

    • Cherokee L. smith

      Ikr Honda must be disappointed

  • Miggy Z

    sooooo ooooooogly

  • Strong lite

    These spy shots came from Thailand that will be launched the first country in the world in 1st Aug. I have some exterior details to show you. I have captured from youtube and you can find more detail in a link below.

  • Excellent futuristic car, perfectly fined tuned from its previous models.

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