Mitsubishi is debuting its third SUV in Russia at the Moscow Motor Show. The Pajero Sport is a similar type of vehicle to the Montero Sport sold in the U.S. But this is not the replacement for the Montero Sport, nor will it be coming to our shores. Instead the Pajero Sport will be sold under various names only to Russia, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Middle East and Australia.
The new SUV will be available in five and seven passenger forms and offer a four-wheel drive version. Power will come from a choice of three engines: 2.5-liter and 3.2-liter common rail direct injection diesel units and a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline unit. But in a very communist-like decision, Mitsubishi is not giving the Russians a decision at all. The country will only be receiving a model with the 3.2-liter diesel engine and two-row, five-passenger capacity seating arrangement.
The Pajero Sport’s debut in Moscow is proof of Russia becoming an increasingly important market for Mitsubishi. They sold 100,000 cars in Russia last year, and Mitsubishi is hoping that the Pajero Sport can help boost sales past 140,000 this year.