Mitsubishi Motors is set to launch it’s all new Pajero Sport this month, and it’s heralding it as “the most technically advanced off-road capable SUV” it has ever produced.
Don’t be fooled by the name. The Sport shares nothing in common with the Pajero and is actually a replacement for the outgoing Challenger. If industry rumours are correct then it’s also preparing us for the demise of the Pajero, a vehicle that Mitsubishi seems ever more reluctant to further develop.
The Sport is available in three trim levels, GLX, GLS and Exceed. Mitsubishi is claiming that it offers the spaciousness and versatility of a full-size SUV, genuine four-wheel drive ability, advanced powertrain technology and class-leading safety.
It’s also the latest Mitsubishi to feature the company’s new Dynamic Shield styling theme, something that sets it well apart from the more conservatively styled offerings like Toyota’s Fortuner.
Mitsubishi’s new off-road terrain control and Super Select II all-wheel drive systems will be fitted to every new Pajero Sport. Along with rear view camera, reversing sensors, seven SRS airbags, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist and Trailer Stability Assist systems.
The range-topping Pajero Sport Exceed will feature the latest in advanced safety systems, with multi around monitor, blind spot warning, forward collision mitigation and Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System among its standard equipment.
Pajero Sport introduces a number of Mitsubishi technology firsts, including a new 8-speed automatic transmission, which combined with a new 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine from Triton, enables official fuel consumption of 8.0-litres/100km and 212 gm CO2/100km.
Pajero Sport’s EURO 5 compliant diesel engine produces maximum torque of 430Nm at 2500rpm, while peak power is 133kW at 3500rpm. It uses an all-aluminium cylinder block construction and other lightweight materials to achieve greater efficiency, quietness and refinement.
The new powertrain combination gives Pajero Sport a 3100kg braked towing capacity.
The all-new interior boasts a high console proportion dashboard with dynamically styled silver-finish ornamentation and sculpted seating.
All models feature the latest smartphone connectivity technology – Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) system for both Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlay. The system allows users to connect to apps or other features of their phone through the touchscreen or via voice control.
Push button start, an electric park brake and keyless entry are all standard, along with upgraded ETACS – Electronic Time and Control System. ETACS has a number of fully customisable functions including welcome light, coming home light and headlight auto off.
Dusk sensing headlamps (on GLX and Exceed) can be adjusted to increase or decrease the sensitivity of operation.
Pajero Sport has a 673 litre rear cargo volume (floor to top of rear seat back), with increased head and legroom compared to its Challenger predecessor. With the rear seat folded, cargo volume increases to 1,624 litres (floor to roof).
2016 Pajero Sport Model Range
Pajero Sport will be priced from $45,000 recommended retail for the GLX model, which comes as standard with the 2.4-litre MIVEC turbo diesel engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, Super Select II 4WD system, Off-road Terrain Control System, electric park brake, keyless entry with push button start, Smartphone Link Display Audio, reversing camera and rear parking sensors included.
The mid-spec GLS adds dual-zone air-conditioning, leather interior, rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps and electrochromatic rear view mirror to its features list. It’s also fitted with a rear differential lock. Pajero Sport GLS is priced at $48,500 recommended retail.
At $52,750, Mitsubishi’s flagship Pajero Sport Exceed gets some additional safety technology, including Multi around monitor, blind spot warning, forward collision mitigation and Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System.
Additional equipment includes, heated front seats with power adjustment, rear DVD entertainment system and an 8-speaker audio system.
The new Pajero Sport will be available at Mitsubishi dealers nationally from Monday 7 December.