Mitsubishi launches flex fuel Pajero in Brazil

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Responding to global concerns over traditional petroleum based fuel shortages, Mitsubishi has reworked the popular Pajero to run on gasoline, ethanol or a mixture. The new model, called the Pajero TR4 Flex will be released in Brazil next month. This is the first flex fuel 4×4 in that market. The vehicle could be a taste of what Mitsubishi plans to bring to the US market as soon as 2009. let’s hope the Pajero makes it’s way to Canada too.

Press release after the break

Tokyo, June 21, 2007 — Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and local production and sales company MMC Automotores do Brasil Ltda (MMCB) today announced the development of the first full-feature four-wheel drive flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) to be released in the Brazilian market. The vehicle, called the Pajero TR4 Flex, will be launched in July of this year.

Derived from the Pajero TR4 currently assembled and sold by MMCB, the Pajero TR4 Flex features several modifications. These include the use of different materials, modifications to the engine, and changes to the fuel system that allow the vehicle to run on any combination of gasoline and ethanol. Modifications to the engine control unit allow for optimum combustion with any fuel mixture, and the redesigned parts of the fuel delivery system add toughness and dependability.

The 2.0-liter 16-valve engine that powers the Pajero TR4 Flex delivers similar levels of performance on ethanol-heavy or gasoline-heavy fuel mixes. Running on 100% gasoline it develops 98kW (133ps) and 177Nï½¥m (18 kgï½¥m) of torque; on 100% ethanol it develops 99kW (133 ps) and 186Nï½¥m (19 kgï½¥m) of torque.

MMC is currently pushing forward development of FFV as part of its response to the global trend towards alternative fuel sources. The company is also currently working on a flex-fuel model it plans to bring into commercial production for the U.S. market in fiscal 2009.

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