With the new BS6 emission norms in effect, Mitsubishi now has no cars in their stable to sell in India. This might indicate the brand's exodus from the Indian car market.
In the early 2000s, Mitsubishi sold some of the nicest cars in the Indian market. Back then, the carmaker’s lineup comprised of Lancer, Pajero SFX, and Montero. The Outlander and Cedia Sports were introduced later, by the end of the decade. Now though, Mitsubishi was selling only the Pajero Sport and the Outlander in the country. With the BS-6 emission coming into effect, Mitsubishi cannot sell these cars as they came equipped with BS-4 compliant engine. Also, the carmaker’s website does not list any of its dealers now.
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport rivalled against the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour
Ever since Mitsubishi started operations in India it has faced tough competition from other car manufacturers. Since most of the cars from Mitsubishi were targeted at niche buyers, the carmaker could never clock bigger sales figures. The Lancer was the cheapest offering from the carmaker and rivalled the Honda City when it was on sale. The bigger Pajero SFX was in competition with the Ford Endeavour. These cars were considered a status symbol.
The outgoing Pajero Sport and Outlander were also considered dated and primitive in comparison to their rivals. As such, they had a sluggish performance on the sales charts. However, the Pajero Sport is a very capable SUV and in some experienced hands, it can put the Fortuner and Endeavours to shame on an offroad trail.
Mitsubishi Outlander received a price of Rs. 5.33 lakh last year in December
Mitsubishi is known for producing some of the best performance-oriented cars around the world. The carmaker also brought one from the pack to our shores – Lancer Evolution X. It was the last generation of the Lancer Evolution range. Also, it was the most powerful and fastest car sold by the carmaker in the country. It came equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder motor with a peak power output of 290 BHP and maximum torque of 366 Nm. The motor was paired to a 6-speed automatic that sent the power to all four wheels of the car. However, with diminutive sales of Pajero Sport and Outlander, the carmaker doesn't seem interested in repeating this task again. With a legacy of so many potent products, it would be tough for Indian enthusiasts to see the brand making an exit from the country.