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New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUV to
be unveiled at 2008 Moscow Motor Show
Tokyo - 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
*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.
(July 17, 2008)