The head of Mitsubishi has hinted the Pajero could eventually be replaced by a soft-roader, suggesting the Japanese firm doesn’t “see a great opportunity” to continue with a body-on-frame set-up.
“Is there an end date? Yes, but it depends on the market,” he said, according to the Australian publication, adding the Pajero was “very niche” in global terms.
“We don’t see a great opportunity as compared to the other opportunities we have,” Gupta revealed.
When asked about the chances that a replacement for the Pajero could push on with a heavy-duty ladder-frame chassis, Gupta said: “It’s too early to say”.
“First of all, you have to see the new Mitsubishi SUV on our C and D platform. You will see," he said.
Mitsubishi is, of course, developing a new SUV platform with Nissan under the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. And CarAdvice speculates this new architecture could underpin a seven-seater soft-roader (perhaps sharing parts with the next Nissan Pathfinder) that will eventually replace the Pajero.
“On the C and D platform, we can have a C segment SUV, we can have a D segment SUV and we can have any other SUV,” Gupta added.
In April 2019, Mitsubishi announced the Pajero nameplate would be discontinued in Japan, launching a “Final Edition” model to see off the 37-year-old badge. In August, the automaker followed suit in Europe and the United Kingdom.
But the fourth-generation model has soldiered on in a handful of markets, including South Africa. Here, the Pajero range currently comprises a three-door GLS derivative and a five-door GLS Exceed variant, priced at R699 995 and R799 995 respectively.
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