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    Mitsubishi Sticks With Off-Road Roots For Next Shogun/Montero


    • The Next Montero/Shogun Is Sticking To Its Off-Road Roots

    The current Mitsubishi Pajero (the Montero to us) hasn't changed much since it was first introduced back in 2000 - the last major changes happened in 2006. Now we know Mitsubishi is working on a new Pajero that will be due in out a few years and coming to the U.S. We got some idea of what the model will look like with the GC-PHEV Concept shown in Tokyo and Chicago.

     

    Autocar recently spoke with Lance Bradley, head of Mitsubishi Motors UK who revealed what the intent of the next Pajero will be. Bradley explained that the Pajero will retain its off-road roots, while incorporating their plug-in hybrid tech.

     

    “A lot of the rivals are more beautiful or more refined but the Shogun needs to be an authentic off-roader: not fancy, not a school-run car but for people who tow horse boxes or actually go off-road," said Bradley

     

    
“Of course, that market is limited, but look at the Discovery - there is room for vehicles with utility at their heart. The Discovery is very good but very expensive and we see an opportunity in providing a less-expensive alternative in terms of pricing and running costs, particularly with our plug-in hybrid technology.”

     

    Source: Autocar

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    I would do the same. Performance in my opinion and as well as many others is more important than style or beauty. Sticking with the off road version of Montero wouldn't be a bad route to take.

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    They do need to find a special niche to make them stand out from the rest and this might just do it for them.

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    Glad to see they are sticking to it's roots with off-roading in mind.

     

    A had a look around one of these last year and they are a lovely car. Beautiful inside, roomy and huge. Almost like getting inside a truck (then again I am a little short!). I'm pretty confident it will be well recieved over the pond if they market it right. The hybrid will be an interesting option.

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    They'll never get volume out of this move, but they'll get die-hard off-roaders (assuming the car is good) that have nowhere else to turn. 

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