• Jul 17th 2008 at 10:57AM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

Like every other automaker under the sun, Mitsubishi is in the process of expanding its reach into Russia. In 2007, the automaker offloaded over 100,000 vehicles in the world's largest country (size, not population) and is looking to sell approximately 140,000 units this year.

Not surprisingly, it's chosen the Moscow Auto Show in August to unveil the next generation Pajero Sport SUV, before sales begin in South-East Asia, South America, Australia and the Middle East later this year.

The new Pajero Sport (or Challenger, depending on the market) is packing all the "active lifestyle" accoutrements you'd expect, including water-repellent seats, 2- or 3-row seating that can accommodate between five and seven passengers, and a waterproof luggage compartment that will come in handy after you've hiked through the volcanoes of Kamchatka.

Power will be provided by either a 2.5- or 3.2-liter common rail diesel, or if oilburners aren't your taste, a 3.5-liter V6 can send power to all four wheels through Mitsubishi's Super Select 4WD system. However, don't expect to see the Pajero in the U.S. or Europe anytime soon.

The press release is available after the jump.


New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUV to be unveiled at 2008 Moscow Motor Show

Tokyo July 17 2008 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will unveil its new Pajero Sport*1 SUV model at the Moscow Auto Salon 2008 (The Moscow Motor Show) to be held at the Crocus Expo in Moscow between August 26 and September 7 (opens to the public on August 29). The new Pajero Sport will be phased in selected regions*2 such as Russia, the ASEAN area, the Middle East, Latin America and Oceania starting in the fall this year.

*1 The model will carry a different name in different markets: Montero Sport in South America, Nativa in Latin America and Challenger in Australia.
*2 The new Pajero Sport will neither be sold in Central & Western Europe nor in North America, where other types of SUVs are favored.

The new Pajero Sport features dynamic and sporty exterior lines, complemented by a stylish and vast interior space that engenders a sense of comfort, purpose and safety. This cabin, available in either a 2-row (5-passenger) or 3-row (7-passenger) seating configuration is also very practical with water-repellent seats and a waterproof luggage compartment floor, ideal for leisure use.

Mitsubishi's latest SUV will be powered by a choice of three engines which all deliver outstanding motive performance and fuel economy: 2.5-liter and 3.2-liter common rail direct injection diesel units and a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline unit*3.

In terms of architecture, the body of the Pajero Sport is mounted on a new ladder frame to realize high levels of durability and reliability, consistent with the needs of its target markets.

Mitsubishi's All Wheel Control philosophy, forged through its participation in the Dakar Rally and other contests, informs all of the company's 4WD systems. The new model will use the Super Select 4WD system, also used in the Pajero*4 SUV, which transmits drive torque effectively to all four wheels on all types of surface. The body, frame and driveline not only give Pajero Sport outstanding off-road performance but allow it to deliver excellent drive dynamics over all surfaces.

The choice of the Moscow Motor Show to unveil the new Pajero Sport is a clear indication of Russia's eminent position within Mitsubishi Motors. In fiscal 2007 Mitsubishi Motors sold some 100,000 vehicles on the Russian market, boosted by the ever successful Lancer line-up and a popular range of SUVs.

MMC is confident that the new Pajero Sport SUV will make a strong addition to its SUV range, which also includes the Pajero and Outlander. Coming on the heels of the introduction of the Lancer*5 sports sedan last year, this will allow MMC to expand SUV sales and hit a total sales volume of 140,000 units on the Russian market in fiscal 2008.

*3 Russian-spec vehicle will only be available with the 3.2-liter diesel engine and 2-row, 5-passenger capacity seating arrangement.
*4 "Montero" in Spanish-speaking countries and "Shogun' in the UK.
*5 Galant Fortis in Japan.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wasn't the Pajero/Montero discontinued?
        • 7 Years Ago
        In Russia, car discontinues YOU!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Discontinued here but still big sellers around the globe.
      • 7 Years Ago

      So just as the US market turns away from SUV's Russia is becoming a large market for SUV's. Maybe the Detroit 3 should think about introducing their SUV's in Russia. There might be good demand there for Tahoes,Explorers,Durango's etc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This does not replace the Pajero/Montero that was released in end-2006. That model continues as it is.

      This is a totally separate truck designed to be lost cost for Russia, ASEAN, etc. It's ladder frame versus the Pajero's unibody. Basically a Triton with a SUV body on it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This would be a perfect replacement for the once popular Montero Sport sold here in NA up until 2004. Instead we have a gas swallowing Endeavor that is bland all the way around as well as having an ugly exposed rear underside. it's almost like looking at a 500lb fat woman lifting up her skirt and revealing a bit too much for the eyes to handle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Completely agree. Wish Mitsubishi would take out the uber-ugly Endeavor and the weakling Outlander with just this one vehicle. Ladder frame, 7 passengers, full time awd, one of those diesels and we'd be set. There will be always be a demand for those who need a full ladder frame for towing/off roading. With the Hummer brand going away- that only leaves Toyota with the super old and unrefined 4Runner and the even less practical FJ. No one else is designing truck based midsize suvs for the US. With coil springs and plenty of body rigidity, the new Montero Sport/ Pajero Sport will equal the comfort of all these ridiculous "crossovers." Anyone who buys one of these things might as well buy a minivan- get all the same benefits of a larger vehicle with the driveability of a car and save 3-4 mpg due to weight savings. I could go on. Mitsubishi- PLEASE bring this to the US!! I would buy it in a heartbeat. Mitsubishi- Want to see what the 97-04 Montero Sport did for the US? - Visit www.monterosportonline.com. We love your product!!!! Please!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the continuation of what used to be the Montero Sport here which was a ladder based frame SUV. The unibody Montero is a whole different animal. The Endeavor was a better replacement for this vehicle in the States but because of Mitsu's cash poor status they have let it wither on the vine and it is now a non factor in the midsize CUV race. This new Pajero Sport would not do well in the US market IMO, at all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota will be happy to see that their Highlander is being rebadged.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The pajero sport is older than the highlander.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I heard that in Asia (Philippines?) an all-new-Montero Sport is to come out in the 2nd half of this year...Anybody knows anything about that?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ay ay ay, I was hoping Mitsu would start calling it the Montero in all markets. Pajero in Spanish means "wanker".
      • 7 Years Ago
      How are russians affording these things? All these new cars... the money has to come from somewhere. Is it being sapped out of the US by the Russian Crime Syndicate? Or what? Because last I checked Russia doesn't really produce anything, or export anything, vodka excluded.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Damn the commenting system really lags.
        • 7 Years Ago
        wow, you are a true idiot. Russia's oil and natural gas wealth out strips most of the Middle East. They don't get rich off of us much, but they have Europe by the balls.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You clearely missed the huge oil and natural gas reserves.
        • 7 Years Ago
        how about tons of oil?
        • 7 Years Ago
        this is a low cost truck built on the triton pickup's ladder frame that only shares a name with the expensive unibody pajero
      • 7 Years Ago
      IMHO Pajero (along with Toyota land cruiser) used to be the gold standard for a "REAL" SUV until every soccer mom wanted one. Now Mitsubishi doesn't built Pajeros like it used to. New models always seem to loose the utility for style rendering these kind of vehicles useless for any serious off-roading task. I'll take a first gen Pajero anyday over this.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Pajero (Motero) Sport still isn't too bad. Its based directly on their little pick-up, which is plenty stout. Today the standard for robustness is the Nissan Patrol or the 78 Series land cruiser. Those still come with crank-up window, 5speed manuals, and 2 solid axles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In Russia, SUV's are actually necessary in many areas due to snow and ice. Second, their oil/gasoline prices are state controlled like in China. I believe they pay only a fraction of what others like ourselves pay. It's nice not having to depend so heavily on others.

      Russia is the next automotive battleground since their economy is flourishing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Puke! Did someone at Mitsu not get the memo? SUVs are dead!
        • 7 Years Ago

        Plus this thing looks like from the 90's. Good thing they killed the Montero in USA so this is not coming here
        • 7 Years Ago
        SUV is not going to be dead in Russia for a very very long time, courtesy of roads like these:
        • 7 Years Ago
        @inteller: SUV's not dead in Russia. We've owned a 2000 Montero Sport since new and have had no problems at all. Decent mileage, just enough room for Lowe's, and not too gargantuan so as to take up 2 parking spaces.
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