It is true. Nobody expected Mitsubishi to make a comeback to India. But, they did. The new Mitsubishi Outlander has already been launched in India at Rs 32 lakh, ex-showroom. The vehicle is a CBU and that explains the pricing. A source close to the happenings says that Mitsubishi is keen on going the CKD route. However, this will happen later. The bigger news is that the all-new Mitsubishi Pajero will also be launched in India soon. As early as April 2019. It will also come in through the CBU route initially.
While the Mitsubishi Outlander that is already here is said to be a Endeavour and Fortuner competitor, it actually isn’t. The true competitor for these SUVs is the 2019 Mitsubishi Pajero. The SUV is already available in markets such as Australia, Japan and Thailand. Dimensionally it is the same as the Fortuner and Endeavour. The ground clearance of 218mm though is a bit lower than the others mentioned here. Whats more interesting is that like the previous generation Pajero (which is still sold in India), this one will also get a diesel engine. The 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine with variable geometry produces 181PS of power and 430Nm of torque. These numbers are in the same ballpark as the Fortuner and Endeavour. However, Mitsubishi will pair this diesel engine with an 8-speed automatic that also gets paddle shifters behind the wheel. The vehicle gets 4WD, Hill Assist, rear differential lock, off-road mode and Hill Descent control.
In terms of safety, the 2019 Mitsubishi Pajero will have seven airbags including one for the driver’s knee, front adjustable seatbelts, ABS, EBD, Emergency Brake Assist, Active Stability Assist, Active Traction Control and more. It will also have Adaptive Cruise Control, front as well as rear parking sensors and multi around view monitor. The new Mitsubishi Pajero in India will be the most advanced vehicle from the manufacturer then. It is likely to be priced below the Rs 40 lakh mark when it comes here. Bookings should start around February next year.
Why not CKD at the outset for the Mitsubishi Pajero?
Mitsubishi is making a comeback of sorts to the Indian market. In this scenario, it has to first get the vendors, spare parts and most importantly the nascent distribution network up. All this unfortunately takes time. However, the process is said to be now expedited because of partners Renault-Nissan. The latter already have a functional facility from where they exports cars too. The Outlander too will go into CKD within a few months time. Once the CBU Pajero is launched, Mitsubishi will start planning for CKD as well.