Autocar UK has reported that the upcoming Mitsubishi Pajero, due in 2017, will be a plug in hybrid and "an authentic off-roader (and) for people who tow horse boxes or actually go off-road." said Lance Bradley, head of Mitsubishi Motors UK. It will borrow styling cues from the GC-PHEV concept which debuted in the New York Auto Show.

The current Pajero has been around since 2006 and has been receiving updates since. According to Autocar and sources close to Mitsubishi, its replacement has been the subject of much internal deliberation. In the end, the company decided to stick to the Pajero's 4x4 roots. Mitsubishi bosses are aiming for the Land Rover Discovery for the next generation Pajero. With a plug-in hybrid, the company hopes it will grab some sales from the Discovery.

2017 Mitsubishi Pajero

Lance Bradley believes that sticking with the 4x4 route will pay off. “Of course, that market is limited, but look at the Discovery - there is room for vehicles with utility at their heart. We see an opportunity in providing a less-expensive alternative in terms of pricing and running costs, particularly with our plug-in hybrid technology.” said Bradley.

The company is confident with the plug-in Pajero after the success of the Outlander PHEV, the company's first plug in hybrid crossover.