The iconic Japanese SUV is going through a pretty hard time these days. The current generation has been introduced way back in 2006 and we haven’t seen too many updates since then. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the model has been discontinued from most markets in the world. It’s not even available in Japan anymore, but rather only in a couple of Asian countries, such as China, Philippines etc. Obviously the current model is more than outdated to compete with other off-roaders but things could change soon. Many reports suggest that the next generation is in the works and that it could finally arrive as 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero, probably in the next year.
At this point, this is just a rumor. Still, keep in mind that Mitsubishi has been acquired by Renault and Nissan recently. So, things seem much easier now, especially in terms of sharing platforms and design solutions. Therefore, the all-new version sounds quite possible and it may arrive earlier than you would normally expect.
2021 Mitsubishi Pajero Redesign
The first thing that comes to mind about this redesign is the platform. This was the biggest reason why the current generation remained in production for so long. The development of traditional BoF platforms is very complicated and expensive. Still, things will be much easier now when Mitsubishi has become a part of Renault Nissan Alliance. This means that the next-generation 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero will most likely have a lot of things in common with the new Patrol, which is also expected to come redesigned in the near future. The two models will share the platform, and that will probably be the updated version of the current F Alpha architecture. This should provide benefits in many aspects, starting from improvements in terms of driving experience, overall performances, efficiency, comfort etc.
2021 Mitsubishi Pajero Exterior
When it comes to exterior design, one of the first things that come to mind is the size. Obviously, the new model will be bigger but some sources suggest it will be significantly bigger than the current model, which measures 109.4 inches. Such a wheelbase seems a little bit short for today’s standards. So, it wouldn’t be surprising if the new models feature the same distance between axles as the new Patrol. We presume that it would be a little bit more than 115 inches.
Besides a much bigger size, the new model would also come with the completely new styling. We presume that the company would tend to follow the brand’s design language as much as it is possible with such a vehicle. Of course, we count on a lot of influence from the Engelberg concept. Of course, we also count on a number of exclusive details as well.
Of course, this redesign would bring a completely new interior as well. If you look at the current cabin, it looks really outdated, while materials definitely don’t seem fine enough by today’s standards. Things would look much better in the new model, while we have no doubt that the list of standard equipment would be significantly longer as well. Of course, it would include all kinds of latest tech goodies, starting from the latest infotainment system, large infotainment touchscreen, digital instrument screen and much more.
As we already mentioned, the new generation would be much bigger. That clearly indicates more space on the inside. Given the expected wheelbase, we have no doubt that the new model would come standard with three spacious rows of seats, as well as with a quite generous cargo volume. Will the third row be spacious enough to accommodate adults, or it will remain children-friendly only, it’s hard to say at this point.
2021 Mitsubishi Pajero Engines
Naturally, we count on new powertrain options, as the current model comes with the outdated V6 engine. Considering that the new model will share the platform with the new Patrol, we presume that a large 5.6-liter V8 engine seems like a possible option. Also, keep in mind that this engine could be replaced with something smaller and more efficient. Some twin-turbo V6 sounds like a nice option.
Still, we presume that the most interesting thing about the new generation would be electrification. Of course, we count on a PHEV system, which is something Mitsubishi does in a great fashion. Still, we can’t talk about more specific things at the moment.
Release Date and Price
The 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero is still just a rumor. Still, many reports suggest that this overhaul might actually happen. At this point, it’s hard to say how possible is this, but chances definitely exist. When it comes to the price, it would largely depend on specific markets. If this model comes to North America one day, we presume that base versions would go around 50.000 dollars. Stay tuned for more information.