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18 February 2014

Mitsubishi to launch Pajero Sport automatic mid-2014

Mitsu's new business plan to focus on more SUVs and some new products, but before all that comes an auto 'box-equipped Pajero Sport

Amaan Ahmed
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We haven't heard from Mitsubishi in a long, long time, but that was because Mitsubishi hasn't had much to say over the last year or so in the first place. Now though, Mitsu's readied a new business plan for FY 2014-2016, and it's told us that the very first of its new offerings for India will be the automatic version of our 2012 'Off-roader of the Year', the Pajero Sport.

Mitsubishi sells a five-speed automatic gearbox-equipped Sport in Thailand. In India, though, lots of owners resign their Pajeros to city lane-prowling instead of taking them axle-twisting every weekend, and it only makes sense for Mitsu to offer it here. What will be interesting to see is whether Mitsubishi decides to offer the to-be-assembled-in-Chennai AT variant in two-wheel drive guise, since that'll not only make the Sport lighter by around 100 kilos or so, but it'll also be slightly cheaper to buy.

This 'New Stage 2016' business plan entails prime focus on the brawny SUVs that Mitsubishi's always been famous for. Mr Kenichi Horinouchi, Mitsubishi's Executive Officer said that "volumes will grow through launch of strategic models", and also mentioned that Mitsubishi, in conjunction with Hindustan Motors, will decide on the introduction of "another vehicle" by 2016.

That "another vehicle" could be the new-gen Outlander, but if Mitsu's looking at serious volumes, it has to turn to the Mirage hatchback, or the Attrage sedan. Of the two, we think it's the hatch that's more likely to be introduced, since the Attrage is well over four metres long, and uses the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol motor as the Mirage. Whichever car they choose using logic or the more scientific eenie-meenie-miny-moe formula, it'll only be here in two years' time.

A case of too little, too late? What do you think, TG.commers?

Tags: pajero, pajero sport, mitsubishi

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