The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport automatic is expected to launch in India by mid of next year, industry sources indicate.
The unavailability of an automatic transmission on this otherwise very capable SUV meant that some buyers ventured towards the Toyota Fortuner instead. The Pajero Sport has been comparatively a successful product for Mitsubishi with the company plonking out decent sales figures. With the option of the automatic variant, the car is sure to see more buyers putting down their cheques for the SUV.
And there is a valid argument from the customer’s perspective. People who can afford such cars would want the utmost luxury from their vehicles and an automatic transmission is the most basic of those. Currently, the Pajero Sport is the only vehicle sold by Mitsubishi in the Indian market with the Cedia, Outlander and the Evolution X having been discontinued earlier this year.
The Pajero Sport’s automatic variant may feature a 5 speed automatic gearbox with the shift on fly 4 wheel drive system while the 2.5L 16 Valve intercooled turbocharged DOHC common rail 4 cylinder diesel engine churning out 178 PS of peak power and 400 Nm of peak torque is also likely to remain unchanged.
The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is likely to continue to be assembled through the completely knocked down (CKD) kits at HM’s Tiruvallur facility in Chennai. We expect the automatic variant to be priced at a premium of INR 1 lakh over the corresponding manual variant, pushing the price up to approximately INR 25 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi.