It’s been gone from the U.S. market a year — but the Mitsubishi Pajero (we knew it as the Montero) is being renovated and is on display at the Paris auto show with a new skin, new 4x4 technology, and worked-over powertrains. The new big ute, which goes on sale this month in
2007 Mitsubishi PajeroEnlarge Photo
Auto shows are test beds for manufacturers, who use journalists and the public as guinea pigs for new ideas. Hey, it’s not all bad — particularly when it comes to cute family vehicles like the Suzuki Splash, a fun-looking concept that seeks to update the Japanese automaker’s image from staid to something a little more stylish. The Splash is based on the non-U.S. Swift subcompact, but with a taller body and panoramic glass for a roomier, airier cabin. The LED headlamps and distinctive grille give the Splash a unique face while the interior sports a “floating” instrument panel with a dash-mounted shift lever. Anti-lock brakes and stability control are anticipated in the concept, which also wears highly unlikely 18-inch treads.
2006 Suzuki Splash conceptEnlarge Photo