Mitsubishi states that automobile imports will be its third pillar in the China market, releases information about upcoming Outlander and Pajero SUVs
Mitsubishi made an official announcement stating that it will continue to strategically develop its import automobile operations for the China market, theChina Business Timesreported today. The manufacturer also released information on specific investment plans for certain imported models.
In order to satisfy Chinese consumer demand, Mitsubishi's import division stated in its announcement that it will display imported versions of the redesigned Outlander and Pajero at the Chengdu Motor Show 2014, to be held at the end of the month. The announcement also revealed that both Mitsubishi Motors and its import division have already established a timetable for import automobiles in 2015. Mitsubishi stated that import automobiles will provide a third pillar to its operations in the country after domestically made automobiles and domestically manufactured engines, and will play a crucial role in helping its Chinese sales recover.
The new Outlander (pictured above) offers a much more fashionable exterior design than its predecessor, possessing more striking lines and a larger front grille. The SUV also sports aluminum alloy wheels, a black safety bar running across its sides and redesigned tail lamps powered by bright LED lights. The new Outlander keeps the 2.0 L and 2.4 L power options of its predecessor, with the former offering a maximum output of 110 kW and 190 Nm of torque, while the latter outputs up to 124 kW of power and 220 Nm of torque. The engines are mated to a continuously variable transmission and come in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations.
The new Pajero (pictured below) has also undergone some very dramatic changes. The front safety bar and grille have both been redesigned to give the SUV a more impressive appearance. LED-powered tail lamps and a brand new rear spare tire cover are also available as options. Inside, the Pajero uses metallic finishing and sound proof materials, with piano black equipment adorned with wood grain available as an option. The new Pajero has the same power options as its predecessor: a 3.0 L V6 engine producing 130 kW of power and 259 Nm of torque linked to a five-speed automatic transmission. The Pajero only comes in an all-wheel drive version.
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