The Mitsubishi Pajero gains a new flagship derivative and some new features in the latest updates to this offroad stalwart.
“The new Pajero Sport is extremely important to Mitsubishi Motors and it ticks all the boxes to become our hero model, says Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa. “It is important to note that Mitsubishi Motors is taking a new direction, focusing on growing market segments – and the new Pajero Sport certainly leads the way for our future.”
One of the visual features of the new Pajero Sport is its new Dynamic Shield front grille, giving the upgraded version an enhanced, more stylish and modern look.
Although most of the changes are in the form of style and more luxury equipment as part of the standard package, Mitsubishi’s engineers persisted with the ever reliable and powerful 2,4-litre MIVEC turbo-diesel.
All models are powered by this intercooled turbo-diesel offering 133 kW and 430 Nm of torque driving the wheels through Mitsubishi’s 8-speed automatic transmission. The pairing between engine and the automatic transmission’s wide range of gear ratios provides smooth acceleration and low rpm high-speed cruising that enhances driving efficiency.
The new derivative in the range, the Pajero Sport Exceed, offers all the built-in safety features inherent of the Mitsubishi brand, and like the standard 4×4 version, is paired with Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4WD-II system, which delivers performance in the most challenging driving conditions and rugged terrain.
The selectable Off-Road Modes maximises traction on and across various surfaces. The Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand or Rock setting can be selected to suit surface conditions to optimise engine output, transmission settings and braking for superior traction control.
Adding to the new frontal design, standard design features of the updated range include Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body construction.
To help keep occupants safe, the Pajero Sport has a variety of passive safety features such as its seven crash bags and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Active safety features found in all models include active stability and traction control (ASTC), anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and an emergency brake assist system (BAS).
All models also boast a hill-start assist system (HAS), dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, rear park distance control and a rear-view camera for safer and easier parking.
“Make no mistake – this is a very safe, quality-built machine,” says Campbell.
On the inside, there is tilt and telescopic adjustment for the steering column with a multi-function leather-clad steering wheel with audio and cruise control settings.
The new range offers Bluetooth with hands-free voice control, coupled to Mitsubishi’s advanced smartphone-link display audio (SDA) connected to a large 8-inch touch screen.
Life is made easier for the driver thanks to a new full-colour digital instrument display, automatic dual-zone air-conditioning throughout the 7-seater cabin, including rear passenger controls and power windows all round.
All models now have additional USB and additional accessory sockets (dual USB for the rear passengers) and a 220AC 150-Watt power plug with full leather throughout the interior.
The new Exceed gains a ower Tilt and Sliding Sunroof, Mitsubishi Remote Control Connectivity and and Electronic Tailgate with Dual Kick Sensors,
“The new Pajero Sport has a refined high-quality design thanks to Mitsubishi’s advanced dynamic shield with new distinctive rear combination lamps, a modernised high luxury console and a new diamond white body colour,” says Campbell.
Improvements have also been done to the cabin, offering a soft, luxurious feel, more leg room and elbow space.
According to Campbell, the Dynamic Shield design, which is the new face of the Mitsubishi brand, symbolising its tough, prestigious, and legendary heritage, is clearly visible on the Pajero Sport’s front.
This includes LED headlamps, daytime running lights and fog lamps finished off with high quality chrome Dynamic Shield and now also fitted with cornering lamps.
“Looking at the New Pajero Sport from the side, its silhouette shows the new 18-inch alloy wheel designs and repositioned side steps set perfectly to enhance the design, while the higher nose has raised the centre of gravity, offering improved ride quality and off-road ability.”
From the rear, the improved design combines the thicker bumper with a rear diffuser to highlight the Pajero Sport’s stable stance on the road.
“Shorter LED rear combination lamps, rear park distance control and the rear spoiler are standard. On the Exceed version we have the electric tailgate with dual kick sensors for added convenience.”
Improvements inside the cabin include an upgraded centre console, soft padded door and knee trim and the adoption of two outstanding new features – the new 8-inch LCD meter cluster in full colour and an 8-inch SDA.
“The 4×4 driver selector dial on the new Exceed allows the driver to select between no less than four driving modes,” says Campbell. “Serious adventurers can rest assured that Mitsubishi’s advanced Super Select 4WD II system is among the best in the world and will be an asset on any excursion.
“The Pajero Sport has a 30-degree approach angle, the best in its class, which allows adventurers to challenge tough obstacles head-on, while the 24-degree departure angle will get you back down safely.”
As safety is of the utmost importance for Mitsubishi, the Pajero Sport is packed with safety features owners have become accustomed to from a Mitsubishi.
The 2020 Pajero Sport colour palette has been extended by two hues: White Diamond and Graphite Grey.
- Mitsubishi Sport 4×2 Auto: R609 995
- Mitsubishi Sport 4×4 Auto: R659 995
- Mitsubishi Sport Exceed: R679 995
The new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has a 3-year/100 000 km manufacturer’s warranty and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan with 10 000 km service intervals.