Mitsubishi Wants A New Pickup For America And It Could Be Based On Next Nissan Frontier

Mitsubishi hasn’t offered a pickup in the United States since the Dodge Dakota-based Raider was dropped in 2009.

The Raider wasn’t particularly successful – as sales peaked at 8,262 units in 2007 – but it appears the company wants to return to the segment nonetheless.

Speaking with Wards Auto, Mitsubishi Motors North America COO Mark Chaffin confirmed the company would like to offer a new pickup in the United States. However, he said it would have to be the “right fit for Mitsubishi, for our demographic, and something that’s really competitive in the market.”

Mitsubishi is a relatively small player in the United States, but it’s now part of a larger alliance with Renault and Nissan. This could pave the way for an all-new pickup as Nissan has already confirmed it’s working on a new Frontier.

Nothing is official, but reports have suggested Mitsubishi has been tasked with leading the development of next-generation pickups for the alliance. The new body-on-frame platform is slated to underpin an assortment of different models including the next-generation Nissan Frontier and Navara as well as the Renault Alaskan and Mercedes X-Class. Rumors have also suggested Mitsubishi will receive an all-new Triton, but it might not arrive until 2024.

Little is known about Mitsubishi’s truck, but reports have suggested the next-generation Frontier will be introduced next year as a 2021 model. It will be the first redesign in over a decade and it could be powered a new V6 engine that develops approximately 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS). There have also been rumors about an entry-level four-cylinder engine and a new seven-speed automatic transmission which could replace the current five-speed gearbox.

Note: Mitsubishi L200 pictured

  • charlotteharry57

    Mid-size pickup market is getting crowded all of a sudden and I’m not sure that this is the right move for Mitsu. Why not price-sensitive CUVs 1st?

    • Dylan Wentworth

      They’ve already being doing CUVs. Outlander and Outlander Sport.
      If you weren’t aware of that I can understand why because I only see about 1 outlander per year out on the roads.

  • TrvisXX

    stop threatening us we don’t want it

  • Honda NSX-R

    It’ll be 10X uglier

  • Liam Paul

    nah I don’t want anything from a part of a bigger company that lies on its own, I can’t believe they would show better faith to the customer..

  • MarkoS

    Lets hope Mitsubishi work on its design department first. But at this rate is could be here before the Frontier.

  • Paul

    Even in bed with Nissan on something I wouldn’t take a Mitsu.

  • Carl Sloan

    Censorship is alive and well on here.

  • schnittz

    Mitsubishi? They’re still in business?

  • no25

    we don’t want it tho

  • Vanishing Boy

    Only if Mitsu offers a single or an extended cabs with an 8 foot bed and dual-rear-wheels, just like the Toyota (Hilux) Pickup back in the old days (remember those Toyota Uhaul box trucks?).

    If not, then it’s not worth it.

    • Dylan Wentworth

      Not only toyota box trucks but toyota RVs.
      They should sell a Tacoma chassis cab.

  • pmdr

    Mitsu already sells the rebadged Navara overseas. The only new thing is maybe they want to sell it in the US, too. But the funny thing is that the new Frontier isn’t going to be the same as the new Navara. Among other problems, I’ve read on the internet (so it has to be true!) the new Navara doesn’t support four doors and a long bed, things deemed essential for the US. So the US Frontier will be all by itself on a unique platform. Again. Meanwhile Mitsu is talking about importing the Triton that IS the new Navara.

    We may end up with the non-Navara Frontier and the Navara Triton sharing the same roads. Bizarre.

    • Randy Terpstra

      The Navara shares it’s platform with Renault (Alaskan) and Mercedes (X-Class). Was unaware that Navara already rebadged as a Mitsubishi. In which markets are the Mitsubishi badged Navara’s being sold?

  • WalthamDan

    If Mitsu is waiting on Nissan for a new Frontier, they may want to pull up a chair as they’ll be sitting for a while.

  • Dylan Wentworth

    Suzuki last used the Frontier. They called it the Equator.

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