Mitsubishi’s in-house motorsport and tuning division, Ralliart, will be revived soon. The company has also confirmed a new generation of the Mitsubishi Pajero and other MPVs and pick-ups for ASEAN markets.
Mitsubishi Motors plans on bringing back its in-house motorsport division, Ralliart, to life. The news comes along with the company’s decision to bring a new generation of the Triton pick-up, Xpander MPV, and Pajero SUV by 2023. There are two all-new crossover SUVs in the works, which shall break cover by 2022, confirms Mitsubishi.
'We have decided to relaunch the Ralliart brand for customers in Mitsubishi Motors brand who want to add to Mitsubishi Motors-ness even more,' said Takao Kato, Mitsubishi CEO.
The Ralliart division is making a comeback after 11 years since Mitsubishi motors stopped operations of its rally division in 2010. During its 25-year-long run, Ralliart brought Mitsubishi 12 Paris-Dakar titles between 1985 and 2007, with the Pajero. Mitsubishi’s motorsport division also saw a huge success by winning four consecutive world rally titles, with its Lancer Evolution piloted by Tommi Makinen.
'For customers who wish to experience our Mitsubishi-ness, we will launch custom-made accessories for our model line-up as well as re-entering motorsport events around the world,' Kato added. The presentation also showcased a picture of the Mitsubishi Triton with Ralliart livery and an image of another sedan/coupe featuring a reference to ‘Ralliart Parts’.
Mitsubishi sold the Pajero Sport and Outlander in India. With the stringent BS6 emission implemented from April 2020, Mitsubishi has not yet updated the two models to meet the emission standards. With the announcement of the new Mitsubishi Pajero, the company plans on strengthening its presence in ASEAN markets. It means that there is a possibility that the new-gen Pajero could be offered in India but not before 2024-25. The new SUV is likely to pack a new engine and a new platform. There could also be a performance model of the new Pajero with major inputs from Mitsubishi’s Ralliart division.