Mitsubishi’s Fortuner rival arrives

The Pajero Sport, built in Thailand and fully imported to South Africa, looks very much like a Triton with an enclosed rear, which it is. Multi-reflector halogen headlamps and fog lamps offer excellent illumination while the vertically slanting grill with chrome accent reinforces its sophisticated urban look.

The standard seven seats can be configured variably to accommodate most baggage, sport equipment and cargo requirements.

For hi-fi entertainment, the Pajero Sport comes standard with Mitsubishi’s audio design radio and CD player that can play MP3s and CDs, complemented with six speakers.

At the heart of the Pajero Sport is the proven 3,2-litre turbocharged common rail DI-D diesel engine, which has a maximum output of 120 kW at 3 500 r/min and torque of 343 Nm at 2 000 r/min. This is paired with an automatic 4-speed gearbox, and Mitsubishi’s acclaimed Super Select 4WD system.

Suspension at the front is in the shape of double wishbones, and the rear is three-link suspension with coil springs and a stabilizer bar. Disc brakes up front and drum brakes at the rear are fitted with ABS and EBD as standard.

Passive safety items include the leading and trailing areas of the ladder frame chassis that are designed to crush progressively to absorb collision impact. Front occupants have a reduced risk of being injured in a collision thanks to the driver and passenger side SRS (supplemental restraint system) dual stage airbags and 3-point seatbelts with pretensioner and force limiter.

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 3.2 DID GLS comes standard with Mitsubishi’s
3-year/100 000 km warranty and 5-year/100 000 km service plan, with service intervals of 10 000 km. Only one model is available, and it is priced at R414 000.