11 SUV’s in Indian Market That No one Actually Buys Well Almost!
The Indian car market has always been one tough battlefield to conquer. While it has proved to be a big game changer for many car manufacturers and products, which due to their performance in the Indian market have gained a huge reputation worldwide, there have been some names which have been struggling very hard to make their impact, yet are being accepted by a handful of buyers.
Today is the time of SUVs in the Indian market – SUVs of all sizes and dimensions. In this immensely popular category of cars, there are still a number of products of whose sales numbers are even lower than the number of fingers in both your hands. In this feature story, we are going to throw some light on those SUVs which literally have extremely few or very lower number of buyers in the market. Here is that list of those unfortunate SUVs.
Mitsubishi Motors cheated fuel economy test
Mitsubishi has revealed that they cheated the fuel economy tests in several of its small cars. Shockingly, not only the Mitsubishi cars, the brand cheated the fuel economy test for some Nissan models also, which Mitsubishi manufactured as a part of deal with Nissan.
The Mitsubishi has manipulated the fuel efficiency data of nearly 6.25 lakh cars, which include 4.68 lakh Nissan cars and 1.57 lakh Mitsubishi cars. Mostly the small cars from the brand have been affected with the cheating. This scam came under light when Nissan tested the delivered cars at its own facility and found different fuel economy results than the Mitsubishi stated data. Now the Japanese brand has apologized to its customers and stakeholders as well as to Nissan also. They are preparing to compensate the Nissan, and the company will also recall the affected cars which were mostly sold in Japan’s domestic market. Later on the Mitsubishi will investigate the exported cars as well. As an impact due to the scam Mitsubishi’s share fell by 15% in Tokyo, which is the largest share fall for the automaker in last year 12%. Earlier, Hyundai, Kia and Ford cheated the fuel economy tests. In those cases Hyundai and Kia agreed to pay a fine of $350 million to the US government.
Popular and powerful sub-30 lakh SUVs in India
Indian customers are known for their love for SUVs. At the same time they want better space, loads of features, off-roading capability, tough look and of course a stylish appearance. Well, no wonder, SUVs provide all of these to the customers. While the compact SUV segment is getting popular with every passing day, due to the easy affordability, the higher priced large SUVs are also quite popular among customers. Such three SUVs under the sub 30 lakh price bar are Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Toyota Fortuner is certainly the most popular SUV in the segment and it is also the best sold model.
Although Chevrolet has stopped production of Trailblazer in American market, but they definitely have different plans for some other regions of the earth. Chevrolet India is all set to launch the Trailblazer in India in a few days, and as the Indian people at large have a praising eye for muscular SUVs, Chevrolet is hopeful about becoming quite a major contender to get ample space in the SUV segment of Indian automobile market.
Chevrolet might be very much hopeful about becoming a major player in SUV segment of Indian automobile scenario, but they are also set for tough competition from already well established players like Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Fortuner. Evidently, Toyota Fortuner is the most popular and highest sold SUV in Indian market; therefore it will be the toughest contender against the upcoming Chevrolet Trailblazer.
Here, we brought you a spec sheet based comparison between these three muscular SUVs – Chevrolet Trailblazer, Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
It is not every day you come across such inspirational stories but when you do, it is worth mentioning.
We all know that cancer is one of the most feared and deadliest diseases. This video shows the story of a man named Jon Livermore who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Many people have died due to the disease.
During times like these, people usually prefer to do what they have always loved to do and keeps them happy and occupied. This helps them relax their minds and help them fight the disease better. That’s exactly what Jon did.
Jon, with the help of his friends and family, worked on his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX project car. He worked tirelessly even after his chemotherapy sessions. The car features carbon fibre parts and it produces 702 bhp and 800 Nm of torque.
His favourite car, sometime back, would have been the Lamborghini Countach. But after living in Asia for a while, it turned to be the Lancer Evolution. The Evo is a favourite among tuners and many cars have been modified. The car was launched in 1992 and after 10 generations, it will be discontinued at the end of this year.
Jon Livermore has since been completely cured of the deadly disease.
Earlier we brought you the teaser of new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. This time we got the vehicle caught off guard, without any camouflage just before its world premiere at 2015 Bangkok International Grand Motor Sale on 1st August. As the auto manufacturer has started making promotional ad films for this new car, we got some spyshots straight from the streets of Thailand, which just showed us the vehicle all bared before its grand launch.
As we saw in the pictures, the all new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport aka Challenger comes with swept wing headlamps, larger lower intake. This vehicle comes with auto manufacturer’s new “Dynamic Shield” front fascia design which is also available on new Outlander. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is highly inspired by the Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck, but in the front profile new Pajero Sport adorns horizontal chrome grilles, unlike Triton’s vertical ones along with slender and sleek headlamps, LED daytime running lights. The vehicle has six spoke alloy wheels, as well as the B and C pillars completely blackened out. At the rear we can see the dashing tail lamps, which are shaped like an arrow facing toward the front direction, and has a tail, which goes all down to the bottom edge of the tail gate.
Although the Japanese company kept a mum on the engine specifications of this car, but it may come equipped with the same powertrain like the new Triton, which is 2.4 liter four cylinder turbo diesel MIVEC engine, mated with either a six speed manual or five speed automatic transmission, which churns out 161 PS power and 430 Nm torque. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport will fiercely compete with soon to be launched next generation Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Chevrolet Trailblazer. Indian market will get this car in next year only.
Mitsubishi has teased the next generation Pajero Sport for the first time. The new Pajero is expected to take design bits from the GR-HEV concept. The GR-HEV concept was initially shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and features the Dynamic Shield design which is also seen on the 2016 Outlander as well. Even with curvy round bits, the SUV still retains its bold and dominant appearance.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is based on the company’s Triton pickup truck and the two vehicles are expected to share many parts including the cabin and the engine. The fifth generation of the car that’s also called the Montero will be powered by a 2.4 litre MIVEC diesel engine producing 178.5 HP and 430 Nm of torque and is expected to come loaded with new equipment.
The new car is due to be unveiled on August 1st 2015 in Thailand but expect this SUV to hit Indian shores by the end of 2016 at the earliest. After its release, the SUV will compete against the 2015 Ford Endeavour and the 2016 Toyota Fortuner.
Mitsubishi as a manufacturer may not have left its mark in the Indian market but its SUV the Pajero Sport surely did. On 14th November 2014 Mitsubishi launched their Pajero Sport Automatic in India priced at INR. 23.55 Lakhs (ex showroom Delhi).
This new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport beside getting the all new 5 speed automatic gearbox also comes with few exterior updates as well, which comes in the form of a new chrome grille at the front, redesigned front bumpers and fog lamps surrounds, beside that everything else remains almost similar to the ongoing version. Unfortunately Mitsubishi is offering the 5 speed Automatic gearbox which also comes with paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel only with the 4X2 variant whereas the 4X4 variant is available with the same 5 speed manual gearbox (The Manual variant is priced at INR. 23.80 Lakhs). Powering the Pajero Sport is a 2.5-litre 16-valve, intercooled, turbocharged DOHC engine which produces about 175 bhp of peak power and a meaty 400 Nm of torque.
Inside the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport you will also find few changes which includes a completely new infotainment system which also comes with a new multi information display, Reverse Parking Camera and an automatic climate control (expect all these new features to be available with the top end Automatic trim only).
Like every other auto manufacturer of the Country Mitsubishi too wanted to strike the right chords during this festive season and that is perhaps the reason why they have launched a Mitsubishi Pajero Sport with two dual tone shades and few interior and exterior upgrades.
The two paint shades are flame red-white and lemon yellow-white, and not only the Pajero Sport has received new paint shades it also gets outside rear view mirrors with integrated turn signals while inside the cabin the Pajero sport gets DVD display and cooler box.
Now Hindustan Motors Finance Corporation Ltd (HMFCL) is entirely responsible for building and selling Mitsubishi products in India and HMFCL Managing Director, Mr. Uttam Bose, said, that they always have been customer oriented and they evaluate and anticipate the consumers likings and disliking and make changes to the products accordingly. He also included that consumers liked the idea of duel tone Pajero Sport and this new concept is also drawing lot of new consumers towards it.
You all are quite aware of the fact that the Mitsubishi Pajero sport is one solid looking SUV which also has some serious offroading DNA engulfed in it. The Pajero Sport is available with a 2.5 liter 16 Valve intercooled turbocharged DOHC common rail DI-D diesel engine option which produces about 178 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque in between 2000 – 2500 rpm. The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is prced at INR 23,50,000 (Ex-Showroom Delhi).
You can read our entire review of the Mitsubishi Pajero sport here
Mitsubishi’s India operations have been through difficult times. Despite a line up complete with mid-size sedans, medium- size SUV in the form of the Outlander and a premium product like the famous Pajero Sport and Montero, but somehow the company’s strategy for India seems to have failed to generate big business. As we speak, the Cedia has been pulled out of the market and the Outlander hasn’t got a cheerful story to tell either. The Pajero Sport however has sort of hung on, while there are a hardly few takers for the Montero.
Now, Mitsubishi is believed to be readying a replacement for the famous Pajero. Car Sensor, a Japanese website has posted a digital rendering of what could be the next Mitsubishi Pajero. According to the publication, the new Pajero will be based on the concept GC-PHEV that saw the light of day back in November of 2013 at the Tokyo Motor Show.
When in production, the next generation Pajero will use a four-cylinder diesel engine. The surprising fact about this car however is that it will be a hybrid, the system will use an electric motor placed under the boot which will be driven by a bank of lithium ion batteries. At cruising speeds, the Pajero will run on electricity. Thanks to the torquey electric motor, the Pajero should be highly effective even on rough grounds.
Will the new Pajero in hybrid guise live up to its legacy? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
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Mitsubishi motors’ launched a special edition Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR to celebrate their 40 years presence in the United Kingdom. The Lancer Evolution X is already popular not only in UK but all over the World for its success in the field of rallying and Mitsubishi is hopeful that this special edition with additional upgrades will win the hearts of many.
The FQ-440 MR special edition comes loaded with loads of goodies, on its exterior it gets Forged 18” BBS alloy wheels, Bi-xenon headlights with adaptive front-lighting system (AFS), front fog lamps and PIAA motorsport silicone windscreen wiper blades. While in its interior it has been fitted with a Rockford Fosgate premium audio with SD card based music system which comes with 8 speakers and a subwoofer, SD card based navigation system with 7-inch LCD touch screen, Recardo leather wrapped bucket seats and dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee SRS airbags for the safety of the passengers inside.
Beside all these it also has been loaded with some additional equipment like a data recorder which is connected through the On-board diagnostic (OBD) system. Its function is to record details such as driving style, performance, vehicle diagnostics, and present location. These details will be available to the owner and CCC. The service will be available for 3 years and the service cost has already been included with the vehicle price.
Mitsubishi has also tweaked the ECU which resulted in more power output; the special edition Lancer Evolution X generates 440bhp of peak power at 6,800rpm and 412 lb.ft of torque at 3,100rpm. The engine has been mated to a six-speed twin clutch sports shift transmission (SST) which sends power to all the 4 wheels via Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) full time 4WD system. The front suspension also has been lowered by 35mm while the rear suspension by 30mm to provide ultimate handling and ride quality.
The special edition Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR will only be sold in UK and it has been priced at £50,000 (Rs. 49.9 lakh) and will only be available in Frost White color.
Mitsubishi has now officially confirmed that the new Pajero Sport will get an automatic variant by the month of September-October 2014. Thus, the Japanese car maker could be prepping for a launch ahead of the festive season of Diwali.
Earlier reports pointed out to a post March 2014 launch for the Pajero Sport Automatic. Now, it seems the launch is still a long way away. The Pajero Sport is currently the best selling Mitsubishi product in India after the Cedia was discontinued.
The brute SUV employs a 2.5-liter turbocharged diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The absence of an automatic transmission does make the hefty Pajero Sport a bit cumbersome in tight spaces, especially in city traffic. This is about to change.
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