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Is the Mitsubishi Montero Coming to the Chicago Auto Show?

Posted by Stephen On Monday, January 26th, 2015

The 2015 Chicago Auto Show previews are officially coming in now, folks. After the teaser for a facelifted Honda Pilot, Mitsubishi has given us a teaser for a new SUV of their own. From the look of it, it’s larger than either of their current Outlander crossovers, and the Japanese automaker lauds it as “the return of a legend.”

Mitsubishi Return of a Legend Teaser

What could it be?

A revived US-spec Mitsubishi Montero, which was axed from the Mitsubishi’s US lineup in 2005 in order for them to focus marketing their smaller crossover offers. However, the Montero continues to be sold in other markets as the Pajero. Even in other markets, though, the now-fourth-generation Pajero just hasn’t had much traction in the past few years. Mitsubishi aims to change that with the next-generation model, which they previously told us to expect in 2018.

So, if the new Montero isn’t coming until 2018, what are we going to see at Chicago?

2013 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept premiere

2013 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept premiere

If you have a particularly long memory, you may remember Mitsubishi’s GC-PHEV Concept hybrid all the way back from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. A little more than one year later, we believe they’re bringing the next iteration of that concept to the US. Chances are it will be a lot more realistic, if not fully production ready.

Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept

Another version of the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept

That being said, Mitsubishi hasn’t strictly specified that this new debut is anything but a carbon copy of the Tokyo model from 2013. It’s perfectly possible that we’ll just get a recolored model, or maybe a GC-PHEV Sport Concept or something like that. We just don’t know right now.

What we do know is that Mitsubishi will definitely offer a plug-in Montero/Pajero at some point, and that it will definitely be available in the US.

Current Mitsubishi Pajero

Current Mitsubishi Pajero

The best case scenario – the one we’re secretly crossing our fingers for – would be that Mitsubishi gives us a production-ready 2016 Mitsubishi Montero that’s also the next-generation model. Unfortunately, we probably won’t know for sure until the second week in February when ‘the legend’ returns!

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2010 Pajero Mini

2010 Pajero Mini

This is a really cool follow-up auction find to today’s Chicago Auto Show teaser. It’s a 2010 Pajero Mini in surprisingly good shape.

The Pajero Mini was released in 1994 as a way for Mitsubishi to enter the Japanese Kei car segment using the popular Pajero name. However, the mechanics of the two cars are totally unrelated. The Pajero Mini was actually built on the platform of the Mitsubishi Minica until the Minica was axed in 2011. The Pajero Mini ceased production the following year.

2010 Pajero Mini auction find

Even though it’s no longer manufactured, the mini-SUV actually had a very successful run. In fact, in 2008 Nissan paid the smaller automaker to produce an OEM version that they went on to sell as the Nissan Kix.

2010 Pajero Mini interior

Today’s auction find is a 2010 model, so it would have been one of the final versions of the car. All in all, it’s a fairly basic compact SUV, but a reliable one. The turbocharged 660cc four-cylinder isn’t too shabby too drive either. Get more details below this car’s auction sheet:

2010 Pajero Mini auction sheet

“Grade 4.5, interior B, exterior condition B, first registered January 2010, Pajero Mini model, aftermarket stereo, AC, FAT, power steering, power windows, original AWs, airbag, first time in auction, stone chips in front windscreen, interior grime, marks as per map”

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2007 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV

Posted by Stephen On Monday, July 14th, 2014

Today’s Japanese car auction find fits right in with the topic of our last blog post. You’ll recall that yesterday we looked at the new addition to the Mitsubishi Shogun lineup – the Mitsubishi Shogun SWB Barbarian, a monstrous SUV with plenty of premium appeal.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero front

What you might not know is that the Mitsubishi Shogun is also known as the Mitsubishi Pajero in non-European markets. Fun fact: it was known as the Mitsubishi Montero in the Americas, since “Pajero” has a vulgar meaning in Spanish, but the SUV was discontinued in those markets in 2006.

What you see above is a 2007 Mitsubishi Pajero, which would be the first model year in the SUV’s current generation. So, this is a good place to pick up if you’re in the market for a full-size SUV… This is the year that Mitsubishi let out all the stops and unleashed the beast.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero rear

This particular Pajero is of the Long Exceed X trim, whose long wheel base gives you plenty of cabin space and plenty of off-road potential. In fact, what we have here is one of the toughest and most off-road capable SUVs on the market, complete with skid plates, terrain-friendly alloy tires, heavyweight components and almost 9-inches of ground clearance. With a fully automatic transmission and a powerful 3.8L V6 backing you up, all you have to worry about is where you want to go and how you want to get there, which is also made easy thanks to the onboard GPS navigation.

Other tech goodies in this particular model include air-conditioning, power windows, power steering, antilock brakes, remote keyless entry and of course a CD player. And as you can see below, the interior may not be as luxurious as that of the new SWB Barbarian, but it still has a noticeable premium feel with leather seating and trim, combined with a tasteful black and beige color scheme. With an ‘A’ grade interior, this Mitsubishi Pajero feels good as new.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero interior

Speaking of ratings, we chose this specific Mitsubishi Pajero for its near-immaculate overall 4.5 grade rating. You’ll find only two minor blemishes across the entire pearl white paintjob, described in more detail in the auction sheet translation at the bottom of this post.

Even if this color, grade or model year of this Mitsubishi Pajero isn’t your style, there are loads of other Mitsubishi Pajero models available in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction system, just a few clicks away. You can get two weeks of unlimited access for free, so there’s no reason not to try it out if you’re interested.

Either way, you’ll find this 2007 Mitsubishi Pajero’s auction sheet below:

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero auction sheet

Here’s the translation:

“Interior A, first registered December 2007, FAT, AAC, service book, Long Exceed X model, 4WD, one owner, 7-seater, original HDD navigation system, Rockford sound system, seat heaters, original 18 inch AWs, power steering, power windows, TV, airbag, minor scratches on interior trim, Shaken until 13 December 2014, minor scratches and repairs on exterior, light scratches on left front door, marks as per map”