New Pa­jero Sport

Mit­subishi’s lat­est For­tuner fighter is headed for South Africa soon

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - MO­TOR­ING STAFF

AS WITH the lat­est Tri­ton bakkie, South Africans have also en­dured a long wait for the SUV version, the new Pa­jero Sport, but the good news is that Mit­subishi’s lat­est For­tuner ri­val is al­most here.

Mit­subishi SA has an­nounced that the Pa­jero Sport will go on sale in South Africa this Septem­ber, and al­though the Ja­panese car­maker is re­main­ing tight-lipped about the pric­ing, it has promised that the new­comer will be “com­pet­i­tively priced within its seg­ment”.

The new SUV takes a bold ap­proach to styling, to the point where it could prove down­right con­tro­ver­sial, par­tic­u­larly at the back. Yet per­haps this is the breath of fresh air that buy­ers in this For­tuner-dom­i­nated seg­ment re­ally need. It’s cer­tainly looks to be a so­phis­ti­cated of­fer­ing.

It is pow­ered by the same new-gen­er­a­tion 2.4-litre tur­bod­iesel engine that pow­ers the Tri­ton, rated at 133kW and 430Nm.

While South Africans will be of­fered a choice be­tween rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, all our Con­tin­ued on Page 3

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