A heavily camouflaged prototype of the next generation Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has been spied ahead of next year's launch.

A heavily camouflaged prototype of the next generation Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (Montero Sport / Challenger) has been spied ahead of next year's launch.

The all-new model is likely based on the Triton / L200 and adopts a significantly more aggressive design compared to the outgoing model which has started to show its age. Despite the large amount of disguise, it's easy to notice the new Pajero Sport will lose some of its boxy looks in favor of more modern rounded surfaces.

We remind you the L200 comes with a 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine developing 154 HP (113 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. As for the Triton, this one is offered with a 2.4-liter gasoline motor rated at 128 HP (194 kW) & 194 Nm (143 lb-ft) along with a trio of turbodiesels with up to 181 HP (133 kW) and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft). Depending on engine and market, Mitsubishi is offering 5- and 6-speed manual gearboxes as well as a 5-speed automatic transmission. Chances are the 2016 Pajero Sport will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid with the hardware borrowed from the Outlander PHEV.

A public debut for the mid-size SUV could occur as early as September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales commencing before the end of the year or early 2016. It will likely continue to be assembled in Russia, but also at a new factory in Indonesia as part of a joint venture with PT Krama Yudha.

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2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport spied with heavy camo