The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has been on sale in the Indian market since 2012 and is yet, to see any updates. For this fiscal however, the Japanese automaker is preparing to give the Pajero Sport a minor facelift. The notable thing about the this updated model is the fact that the SUV will come equipped with an automatic gearbox, which so far had been missing.
The first official confirmation that we got on the subject, came from C K Birla, Hindustan Motors chairman, who remarked earlier this year that “the company had finalised an agreement with its long time collaborator Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Japan to launch an automatic version of the renowned Pajero Sport.” At the time, it was reckoned that the refreshed model will see the light of the day only in 2015. Now however, according to new reports, it is speculated that the Pajero Sport Automatic could be launched in the country as early as August 2014, with deliveries slated to commence in September. The lack of an automatic tranny drew a lot of negative feedback in the market about the Pajero Sport, especially since all of its competitors such as the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Captiva and the Hyundai Santa Fe - have an automatic variant on offer. The Pajero Sport Automatic will be brought into the country via the CKD route and will be assembled at Hindustan Motors’ facility in Tiruvallur, near Chennai.
The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport offered on sale in India at the moment is being powered by a 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that is able to produce 178PS of max power and 400Nm of peak torque. This engine has been mated to a 5-Speed manual gearbox. The upcoming variant with an automatic transmission will feature the same engine configuration and could be coupled with the INVECS-II 5-Speed AT transmission with Sportstronic, which is currently available in Thailand.