New hybrid car coming out from MItsubishi, 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Hybrid. Mitsubishi dug in deep into the hybrid market recently and after they presented Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid, they announced even more models with future hybrid powertrains.
Most notable are ASX and Pajero which will get new hybrid models when they shift generations.
Design – Inside and Outside
Beside new batch of powertrains, new Pajero will also get entirely new design. However, Japanese manufacturer doesn’t want to lose the boxy old-school look of its beloved SUV and it will be interesting to see how they will fare. GC-PHEV concept which presented the hybrid Pajero idea is way too futuristic and not at all production-ready. However, Pajero might keep its three-stripe grille with the addition of new bumper and headlights. Wheel arches and wheels themselves will also have to be adjusted, while out back, it might keep the big tailgate and a spare tire mounted on it because battery pack will have to be put under the cargo bed.
GC-PHEV is arguably the vehicle with most futuristic interior you can find, but we are still at least couple of decades behind for this type of cabin design. Instead, Pajero will keep the conventional design which will allow it to offer plenty of room and a sturdy dash. Soft and hard plastics, complemented with wood grain and chrome accents will furbish the cabin, while seats will be either cloth or leather-trimmed. Instrument panel will be downsized, but will still offer a touch screen display and all kinds of controls. Rear seats will keep its optional entertainment system with couple of 9-inch screens, DVD player and 12-speaker Rockford sound system. For safety, Pajero will offer six airbags, hill descent control, ABS with four-wheel disc brakes and brake assist, traction control and rearview camera with parking sensors.
For Pajero, Mitsubishi’s long-serving mid-size SUV, this shift will happen in 2016. That will make fourth generation a decade old and fifth one will certainly bring plenty of changes. For starters, Pajero hybrid will be moved by a supercharged 3.0L V6 engine teamed with 12kWh battery and an electric motor for a total output of almost 430 hp.
2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Hybrid MPG and Price
It is expected that Pajero will offer around 25 miles of all-electric range, great figures for an SUV, and still undisclosed, but surely very good numbers in combined hybrid cycle. Price tag will likely say $50,000 or more, depending on a chosen trim level.
2016 Mitsubishi Pajero will finally bring long-awaited redesign and fifth generation, but angular body structure will remain. However, it’ll get much more modern feel, both outside and inside, and plug-in hybrid models will be the biggest refreshments of all. They are bound to offer much better fuel economy ratings with enough of all-electric drive for daily use.