All-New 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Officially Revealed [w/Video]

Mitsubishi might be having a rough time in America, but in Asia, it’s pushing out a new generation of its popular Pajero Sport series.

Some of you may also come to know the 7-seater SUV as the Challenger, Montero Sport, Nativa and Pajero Dakar in other markets.

A rival to the pickup-based Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford Everest, Isuzu MU-X and Toyota Fortuner SUVs, the 2016 Pajero Sport owes its underpinnings to the latest iteration of the L200 / Triton pickup truck.

You can tell that it’s related to the L200, but not in a bad way, as Mitsubishi gifted the rugged Pajero Sport with unique styling cues, including more contemporary front and rear end designs.

Inside, the dashboard layout is identical to the L200 with added touches in the way of trimmings, equipment, materials, steering wheel, and a different lower center console with a more upscale looking automatic gear lever.

The Pajero Sport rides on a 2,800mm wheelbase retaining the same width of 1,815mm as its predecessor, but it’s 90mm longer at 4,785mm and 35mm shorter in height at 1,805mm for the AWD model. Mitsubishi says that ground clearance has increased by 13mm to 218mm.

While we expected the Pajero Sport to share the L200’s new 2.4-liter MIVEC turbo diesel engine, which in Thailand, is rated at  181PS (178hp) and 430Nm (317lb-ft) of torque (the L200 also get a 154PS / 152hp version of the same unit), Mitsubishi surprised us by offering a brand-new 8-speed automatic instead of the truck’s 5-speed unit.

The Japanese firm says that the new powertrain returns a 17-percent improvement in fuel economy over its predecessor, while also achieving CO2 emissions of under 200g/km.

Further details about the Pajero Sport, including specs and availability in markets outside Thailand should be released in the coming weeks.

Live pics via MZ Crazy Cars, Mitsubishi

Photo Gallery

Video

People In White Vans Aren’t Going To Kidnap You Or Sell Your Body Parts, Regardless Of What Facebook Says

Shockingly, a politician said something stupid and made matters worse.

Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport Concept Going Into Production With Up To 770 HP

The high-performance pickup can rocket from 0-60 mph in just 3.45 seconds.

Jetta Brand A Hit In China With 30,000 Sales In Its First Three Months

Jetta had the most successful first three months ever of any new car brand in China.

Lewis Hamilton Checks Out The Mercedes-AMG Project One

The plug-in hybrid hypercar will have more than 986 hp.

LA Woman Got $4 Million Compensation After Sinkhole Swallowed Her Minivan

The 48-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury and sight issues as a result of the incident.

All-New Chevy Tahoe And Suburban To Debut Later This Month

The Suburban got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Chevy used the event to announce an all-new model is coming soon.

United Auto Workers Elect Rory Gamble As New President

Rory Gamble takes the role after the UAW struck successful deals with GM, Ford, and FCA were made.

Fiat Confirms Ending 124 Spider Production For Europe, U.S. Model To Continue For 2020MY

Instead of a mid-cycle refresh, as expected, the Fiat 124 Spider is getting the boot – in Europe.

BMW Teases New M4 GT3, Confirms Standard M4 Will Have Turbo-Six With 493+ HP

The upcoming M4 GT3 will hit the track in 2022 and be heavily based on the road-going model.

Lagonda August Concept Coupe Dreams Of A New Design Direction

Aston Martin is making Lagonda an all-electric luxury brand with a sedan and SUV.