The new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has arrived in South Africa and the line-up consists of two derivatives, a 4×4 and a 4×2 model, each powered by the brand’s new-generation 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine.
Mitsubishi’s new-generation MIVEC four-pot turbo diesel engine produces 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm of torque at 2500rpm and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission (including transfer gearing with low range for the four-wheel drive derivative).
The new Pajero Sport 4×4 gets the latest version of Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4-II 4WD system, which now boasts electronic off-road assistance as well. Hill-Descent Control has been added as well as four off-road driving modes i.e gravel, mud/snow, sand or rock. It also has a lockable rear differential. The vehicle rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and has a round clearance of 215 mm.
The eight-speed automatic 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’.
Pajero Sport sits on a ladder-frame chassis and comes with double wishbone coil springs with a stabiliser bar in the front and multi-link suspension with stabiliser bar at the rear.
Inside both models come with leather seats (the driver’s seat is electrically adjustable). The second row of seats offers a 60:40 split, while the third row folds flat into the floor, to increase boot space, when not in use.
A keyless operating system with electronic start function, multi-function leather steering wheel with audio and cruise control, touch screen infotainmnet system, Bluetooth and fold-away electric door mirrors are all standard features. As are rear park distance control, dual automatic air conditioning with rear passenger temperature controls and an electric parking brake.
The Pajero Sport comes with a host of safety features and scored the maximum five stars in the Australian ANCAP safety test.
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
The new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has a 3-year/100 000km manufacturer’s warranty and a 5-year/90 000km service plan with 10 000km service intervals.