There aren’t many genuine body-on-frame SUVs left in today’s market that’s overflowed with crossovers. Among rare birds, you can find the Pajero Sport as well, an SUV this still rides on a fully framed chassis and shares most parts with the Triton/L200 pickup. As the current generation was introduced back in 2015, it’s no wonder that the Japanese manufacturer is currently working on the new generation, which will arrive the next year, as the 2024 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
Although we have no doubt that Mitsubishi will continue with the same overall design approach, which includes a body-on-frame platform, this redesign will still bring significant changes. Namely, the next generation is about to get a completely new platform, reports say. Furthermore, we expect to see a new powertrain and, of course, completely new exterior and interior designs.
From what we know so far, the launch date should be scheduled for the second half of 2023.
2024 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Design
At this point, the officials still try to keep most details about the new 2024 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport a secret. However, some of the things are pretty easy to be predicted. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the overall layout, which won’t change. The new Pajero Sport will continue as a genuine BoF SUV. However, we expect to see a completely new platform.
Like the next-generation L200/Triton, the new 2024 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport will switch to Nissan’s F-Alpha architecture. This will bring many new things, including a new chassis, a new powertrain and many more. Of course, we have no doubt that the new model will also be a very capable off-roader, just like the outgoing versions. Therefore, we count on all kinds of off-road features, such as off-road suspension, low-range gearing, locking differential and many more.
Naturally, we expect to see a completely new styling. As the current generation still looks pretty nice, thanks to the facelift from a few years ago, we presume that the new 2024 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport will bring mostly evolutionary changes in terms of styling. Of course, we count on an even more aggressive front-end design, while the rest of the vehicle should get more muscles. Still, the overall shape shouldn’t change much.
This refers to dimensions too. Of course, it’s always great to have more cargo and passenger space. Still, we are pretty sure that the Japanese manufacturer doesn’t want to sacrifice the SUV’s off-road potential with a bigger size, as wheelbase and overhangs are critical for good approach, departure and break-over angles. Most likely, the measurements will remain similar to the current generation. For reference, the current model measures 2.800 mm (110.2 inches) in wheelbase, 4.825 mm (190 inches) in total length, 1.805 mm (71.1 inches) in height and 1.815 mm (71.5 inches) in width.
Of course, we expect this redesign also to bring novelties in terms of the cabin design. The current model looks rather functional and elegant from the inside, so we presume that the 2024 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport could add more style with nicer aesthetics and better materials. Still, we have no doubt that the new cabin will also be designed with functionality in mind, while materials will be more about durability than a soft-touch feel.
Considering that the overall dimensions are expected to remain the same or very similar, we don’t expect to see bigger differences regarding passenger and cargo space. In practice, this means a couple of comfortable and spacious rows of seats, along with the third row which is a little bit tight but still quite functional.
2024 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Engines
The current model comes with the pretty impressive 2.4-liter turbodiesel that puts out 176 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque and we wouldn’t mind seeing it in the new mode as well. However, changes will probably occur, due to the new platform. For that reason, we would rather see Renault’s well-known 2.3-liter turbodiesel, which already powers Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan pickups. We count on a version with a max output of 190 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque.
Some sources also suggest a hybrid version, probably a PHEV setup. The officials are still quiet about this.
We presume that the ratings would be similar to the Nissan Navara pickup, as we are talking about a similarly sized vehicle, with similar curb weight and the same powertrain. This pickup returns between 6.3 to 8.1L/100km, so we may expect similar claims from Mitsubishi officials.
2024 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Release Date and Competition
We expect that the 2024 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport will arrive sometime in the second half of 2023. Just like the current generation, the new model will compete with models like Ford Everest, Toyota Fortuner, Isuzu MU-X etc.