Mitsubishi Won't Build Another Montero/Pajero

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
mitsubishi won t build another montero pajero

According to a report last week from Japan’s Nikkei, the Mitsubishi Montero — known as the Pajero in other global markets — is totally, completely, and utterly dead. Mitsubishi will instead focus on crossovers and electrification going forward.

Mitsubishi had teased “The Return of a Legend” earlier this year before the Chicago Auto Show, which many in the automotive press — including TTAC — thought might be a replacement for the flagship SUV. The automaker showed instead its Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV.

According to the Nikkei report, Mitsubishi has all but stopped development on a new Montero/Pajero. The large SUV was last redesigned for the 2006 model year, but that generation didn’t make it to the United States.

The latest news comes during a time of awkward growth for Mitsubishi.

While sales are up for Mitsubishi in the United States, the brand is relying on lower-margin product like the Mirage and Outlander Sport. And while sales were up earlier this year for the aging Lancer compact, that model is slated to go out of production in March with no successor planned, reports Nikkei. Mitsubishi’s electric car, the i-MiEV, also won’t get a second generation in the United States.

Mitsubishi did show an Outlander Sport-sized electric crossover in Tokyo earlier this year, which will likely spawn a production model for 2017. In Los Angeles, the brand showed off a heavily-facelifted Mirage subcompact.

To fill gaps in its domestic lineup, Mitsubishi has tapped Suzuki to provide kei-class microcars and Nissan to provide luxury sedans, reports Nikkei.

Mitsubishi closed its only assembly plant in North America, responsible for producing the Outlander Sport, in late November. About 300 workers will remain until May 2016 to produce parts.

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  • AdventureSteve AdventureSteve on Dec 12, 2015

    Nobody knows how to make a 4WD utility vehicle properly anymore anyway. This is too bad, Mitsubishi was on the short list of companies I hoped would prove me wrong. I’m starting to think it wouldn’t be so crazy if I bought another Wrangler Unlimited and shrink wrapped it for the day my current one needs replacing.

  • Stuki Stuki on Dec 12, 2015

    Was just thinking about the dearth of non pickups with decent wheel well clearance while clearing caked on snow/slush preventing even 1 mm of wheel travel today with a hammer today.... When the last guy throws in the towel, and everyone is a naysayer, it is generally the best time to buy......

  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Ed That has to be a joke.