It has long been expected Mitsubishi to present, the successor of the current Montero full-size SUVs. However, chances are that something like that never do so. In fact, there are rumors that the legendary off-road SUV will get a successor, and that he went to ‘retire’. On the other hand, there is no information that made it clear that the new model will soon hit the market. The chances that the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero (best known as the Pajero, but is sold as Shogun) appears as a successor to the current model are 50:50.
The current generation of a true off-roader has been present on the market since 2006. So far, this model has gone through more tweaking and improvement. However, it is high time that the company offer brand new, fifth-generation model. Or maybe not.
Mitsubishi now offers a renewed Outlander and ASX models in the crossover SUV segment. Soon, it is expected the arrival of a brand new model in this segment, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Does Mitsubishi rises up on its icon and its most popular and the most impressive model of SUV segment? Does the company turns light urban crossover SUV models, but leaving off-road category? Answers to these questions will soon arrive.
For and against
Problems faced by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, regarding the creation of the new Montero SUV, is emissions. Mitsubishi is not the only one struggling with such problems. And other manufacturers of these models have the same problems. Some consider that this segment is slowly dying. But many will not agree with it.
What goes in favor of the company, is a partner with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. This fact supports the arrival of 2018 Mitsubishi Montero model. Specifically, this alliance has similar designs on offer, so working together on a new project could bring results. More specifically, the cost would be reduced, and the time of arrival of a new generation Montera to accelerate. At one point, they even existed information that the installer of Mitsubishi in 2018 will be based on the platform of the new generation Nissan Patrol SUV models.
2018 Mitsubishi Montero Remains Off-Roader
Although it is thought that the chances that a new generation appears on the market, equivalent to those that would not, our opinion is quite different. It’s really hard to expect that Mitsubishi waives this legendary model. Imagine a street without a Mitsubishi Pajero and Mitsubishi Shogun or Mitsubishi Montero models.
It is encouraging when it comes to the arrival of a new generation of models, have shown several concept studies of new SUV models. First of all, this refers to the Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV, which is considered to represent the announcement of a new generation Montero/Pajero/Shogun models. In addition to this concept, the company has introduced the XR-PHEV Concept and AR studies. All these models represent the concept of improving off-road capability, safety, driving enjoyment and environmental protection.
Although there were three studies, it is expected that 2018 Montero is modeled on the GC-PHEV. This concept is illustrated with a hybrid propulsion system. It is believed that the production version to offer plug-in hybrid drive. It will form the 4-cylinder engine in combination with electric motors and lithium-ion batteries. In any case, 2018 Mitsubishi Montero remains true 4×4 off-road SUV, at any cost. He will never be a ‘fancy’ urban crossover SUV model.