Lat­est Pa­jero is a real Sport

Pilbara News - - Motoring -

FEA­TURES (stan­dard)

Chrome-trimmed grille bars run from the three-di­a­mond Mit­subishi badge into the head­light ac­cents.

The sporty feel is re­peated in the pas­sen­ger cabin with a Mit­subishi-first elec­tric park brake and lofty cen­tre con­sole.

A rear view cam­era has well de­fined multi-colour guide­lines and the Ex­ceed makes use of a mul­ti­around view mon­i­tor.

How­ever, one glar­ing omis­sion is satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion as a stan­dard fea­ture.

A five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing is the re­sult of en­hanced front-end en­ergy-ab­sorb­ing struc­tures for pedes­trian in­jury pro­tec­tion, seven airbags, the front with pre-ten- sion­ers and force lim­iters.

Ac­tive safety fea­tures in­clude for­ward col­li­sion mit­i­ga­tion, blind spot warn­ing, ac­tive sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol, hill de­scent con­trol, trailer sta­bil­ity as­sist, hill start as­sist and emer­gency stop sig­nal.

Look­ing the part is only half the bat­tle, and the Pa­jero Sport Ex­ceed backs up its sporty ap­pear­ance with per­for­mance to match.

En­gi­neers have re­designed sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try and up­graded sus­pen­sion com­po­nents to give the Sport sharper han­dling and a com­pli­ant ride.

There’s a hint of body roll on fast bends.

Our test Pa­jero used 6.7 litres of fuel per 100km at mo­tor­way speeds and up to 15 litres per 100km in town.

Mit­subishi claims 8 litres per 100km on the com­bined city / coun­try cy­cle, with 212g of car­bon diox­ide emit­ted over the same dis­tance.

Steer­ing wheel pad­dle shifts give the driver a chance to play with the Pa­jero and serve up enough power and torque to get the weighty wagon off the mark quickly.

How­ever, in one sense the Ex­ceed takes sports car char­ac­ter­is­tics a lit­tle too far.

On the out­side, what ap­pears to be an ex­pan­sive rear win­dow (1200mm) runs across nearly the full width of the ve­hi­cle, while from the in­side the aper­ture is blocked off to an 870 mm “let­ter­box”, sub­stan­tially lim­it­ing the driver’s rear view. Pulling power is enough to hook up a 3.1-tonne braked trailer load be­hind and cargo ca­pac­ity varies from 673 litres with the rear seat backs up to 1624 litres with them folded.

All Pa­jero Sport mod­els in­cor­po­rate Su­per Se­lect II four-wheel drive with dial-up 2H, 4H, 4HLc and 4LLc.

The Pa­jero Sport could find a group of dis­cern­ing four-wheeldrive fans who would not pre­vi­ously have given the old-school Pa­jero a se­cond look.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The sleek new Pa­jero Sport is un­recog­nis­able from the lum­ber­ing-look­ing wagon of old.

A five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing is the re­sult of en­hanced front-end en­ergy-ab­sorb­ing struc­tures for pedes­trian in­jury pro­tec­tion, seven airbags, the front with pre-ten­sion­ers and force lim­iters.

The sporty feel is re­peated in the pas­sen­ger cabin with a Mit­subishi-first elec­tric park brake and lofty cen­tre con­sole.

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