The Mitsubishi Pajero has started to look a little dated in recent years, so there has been speculation about when and how an update will occur. The current belief is that there will be an alliance between Nissan and Mitsubishi and there will be a shared platform for their large off road capable offerings. Why a Shared Platform Could be Beneficial: The fourth generation, current Pajero has been around since back in 2006, and it is still sold globally due to the challenges of its replacement needing to meet much stricter emissions requirements. However, according to Trevor Mann, the new chief operating officer of Mitsubishi, the model is still part of the brand’s core DNA. Sharing a platform with Nissan will help to solve problems for both brands.
The Pajero currently runs with a turbo diesel 3.2 litre four cylinder engine. This has quite high consumption of 9.1 litres per 100 kilometres and an emissions rate of 240 grams per kilometre. The Nissan Patrol Y61 and other Patrol variants use a V8 5.6 litre petrol which has a rate of 14.4 litres per 100 kilometres and an emission rate of 334 grams per kilometre. So, both vehicles, along with others in the segment are facing increasing pressure from sustainability regulations and campaigns. This is one aspect of development that is potentially very costly, yet can be shared by the two Japanese brands. According to Mr. Mann, the vehicles are obviously similar and have “lived side by side” for many years. This creates an opportunity that will be explored. The problem is that the heavy weight of these vehicles and the high torque required means that a large capacity petrol or old fashioned turbo diesel is vital. However, these powertrains are unlikely to meet the strict emissions requirements of today. Is Electric the Answer? Many consumers would suggest that an electric drivetrain could be the solution. Unfortunately, these vehicles and other large SUV models tend to be extremely heavy. This would mean that they would need to substantially shed some weight in order to utilise an electric drivetrain. Mr. Mann continued by saying that you would need a very efficient powertrain, but a plug in has the potential to be a solution. This means that the next generation Pajero and possibly the next Nissan Patrol Y61 for sale would be offered with some type of electrification. However, given the off road nature of these vehicles, a purely electric plug in option would create significant limitations. The brands will need to assess whether an electric motor could in some part by a sustainable replacement for the current large capacity engines. If you would like more information about the current Nissan Patrol Y61 for sale, you should visit us. We have a fantastic selection of vehicles including the Nissan Patrol Y61. The Duncan Nissan sales team is also on hand to answer any queries you may have about the Nissan Patrol y61, price deals, and current spec. We would also be happy to arrange your test drive.