The long-awaited all-new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is now available in South Africa.
Mitsubishi claims this new SUV offers vastly improved driving dynamics, including a class-leading 8-speed automatic transmission for both the 2WD and 4WD models – the latter including low-range as well as Mitsubishi’s latest version of its Super Select 4-II 4WD system which now also boasts electronic off-road assistance.
It’s powered by a 2.4l turbo diesel engine producing 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm of torque at a modest 2500rpm.
Off roading should be easy enough in this new model. In addition to Mitsubishi’s famous Super Select 4WD system, this SUV also features hill-descent control. The electronic assistance also allows the driver to choose between various settings, including gravel, mud/snow, sand or rock.
The transmission also offers a Sport Mode with manual shifting and Paddle Shifts behind the steering wheel, allowing the driver full control for sports driving on twisty roads, long descents and unusual towing conditions.
Mitsubishi also states that the high-quality feel of the luxurious interior offers class-leading comfort and space with generous head and legroom as well as storage, luggage or sport equipment space for the more adventurous.
Soft-feel leather seats further enhance the quality feel of the new Pajero Sport. The driver seat is electrically adjustable. The second row of seats offers a 60:40 split with tumble, reclining and sliding function with a centre armrest and cup holders.
The third row of seats folds flat into the floor to minimise intrusion into the cargo space when not in use.
Passenger comfort is improved with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with paddle shifts, rear park distance control with a rear-view camera, dual automatic air conditioning with rear passenger temperature controls and an electric parking brake.
Other standard features, among many others, include a keyless operating system with electronic start function, multi-function leather steering wheel with audio and cruise control, Bluetooth with hands-free voice control and fold-away electric door mirrors incorporating turn indicators.
Significant passenger protection features coupled with Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body construction have earned the all-new Pajero Sport the maximum score in the Australian ANCAP safety test – a rating of 5 stars, making it one of the safest sport utility vehicles on (and off) the road.
Standard built-in safety features which include Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), BAS (Brake Assist System), Brake Override System and six airbags (Driver, Passenger, Seat and Side Curtains) round off the safety package now on offer by the new Pajero Sport. Hill Descent Control and the new electronic Off-Road Mode Control add additional safety benefits to Pajero Sport’s impressive off-road performance.
Dusk-sensing headlamps, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, an electronic chromatic rear-view mirror, an LED high-mounted stop lamp on the tailgate and a rear-view camera, all add to the impressive list of safety features of the new Pajero Sport.
The new Pajero Sport line-up consists of two high-specification derivatives, 4×4 and 4×2, powered by Mitsubishi’s new-generation super-responsive MIVEC turbo diesel engine, mated to a smooth all-new, class-leading 8-speed automatic transmission (including transfer gearing with low range for the four-wheel drive derivative).
Pajero Sport 2.4 D4 MIVEC 2WD 8-speed A/T R569,995
Pajero Sport 2.4 D4 MIVEC 4WD 8-speed A/T R599,995