Mitsubishi Australia is set to announce the addition of a seven-seat variant to the 2016 Pajero Sport range, which launched in Australia late last year with a five-seat offering.
Speaking at the launch of the vehicle last year, Shayna Welsh, Mitsubishi's head of corporate communications, told CarAdvice that the company wanted a seven-seat variant locally, but was still working to confirm its availability for Australia.
The introduction of the model presents a dilemma for the Japanese manufacturer, because it now directly competes with the seven-seat Pajero, which features similar off-road equipment.
The two models also compete in the towing capacity stakes, with Pajero capable of towing 3000kg braked, while the Pajero Sport can manage an extra 100kg at 3100kg braked.
The problem will be a relatively short-lived one, however, with the current Pajero - which dates back to 1999 and has had a number of updates to keep it fresh - likely to be retired in the not too distant future.
Mitsubishi Australia is expected to make an official announcement shortly, but CarAdvice understands that it will commence advertising the new seven-seat Pajero Sport model from July 1.
When asked about the announcement and whether the seven seat version would offer a five star ANCAP safety rating, Welsh told CarAdvice than an announcement would be imminent.
"We're planning an announcement about seven seat Pajero Sport as early as next month, so stay tuned," Welsh said.
"You can expect a seven-seat Pajero Sport to continue to offer the highest levels of safety for all occupants."
The seven-seat option will be available across the Pajero Sport range in GLS, GLX and Exceed trims.