New Pa­jero pushes out bound­aries

Southern Telegraph - - Wheels - Derek Og­den

The Mitsubishi Pa­jero Sport has ex­tended it­self with the ad­di­tion of a third row of seats, giv­ing the big sports util­ity ve­hi­cle a fine bal­ance of oc­cu­pant com­fort and car­go­car­ry­ing flex­i­bil­ity.

The Pa­jero Sport, the most tech­ni­cally ad­vanced off-roader Mitsubishi has pro­duced, re­places the Chal­lenger and comes in three ver­sions — GLX, GLS and Ex­ceed — and continues to of­fer ex­cep­tional value and per­for­mance in the gen­uine 4x4 SUV class, with smooth eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, thrifty 2.4-litre turbo-diesel en­gine and Su­per Se­lect II four­wheel-drive.

The well-spec­i­fied GLX starts the ball rolling at $45,000, the GLS at $48,500, tak­ing on added com­fort and con­ve­nience fea­tures such as dual-zone air-con­di­tion­ing, leather in­te­rior, rain-sens­ing wipers, dusk-sens­ing head­lamps and elec­tro-chro­matic rear view mir­ror.

The range-top­ping Pa­jero Sport Ex­ceed fea­tures the lat­est in ad­vanced safety sys­tems, with multi around mon­i­tor, blind-spot warn­ing, for­ward col­li­sion mit­i­ga­tion and an ul­tra­sonic miss-ac­cel­er­a­tion mit­i­ga­tion sys­tem among its stan­dard equip­ment.

Mitsubishi’s new off-road ter­rain con­trol and Su­per Se­lect II all­wheel-drive sys­tems are fit­ted to ev­ery Pa­jero Sport. Along with rear-view cam­era, re­vers­ing sen­sors, seven airbags, emer­gency stop sig­nal, hill de­scent con­trol, hill start as­sist and trailer sta­bil­ity as­sist sys­tems, the Pa­jero Sport boasts a long list of stan­dard safety fea­tures. Mitsubishi’s five-year war­ranty and fixed-price ser­vic­ing ap­ply to the wagon.

Mitsubishi has used the Pa­jero Sport to help in­tro­duce the com­pany’s new Dy­namic Shield styling theme, lend­ing it a dis­tinc­tive ap- pear­ance from ev­ery an­gle, set­ting it apart from the com­pe­ti­tion.

Lat­est-de­sign 18-inch al­loy wheels all add a ro­bust char­ac­ter and a premium ap­pear­ance.

LED rear com­bi­na­tion lamps have a unique ver­ti­cal de­sign, es­pe­cially strik­ing when in ac­tion.

How­ever, it’s all about aero­dy­nam­ics — a drag co-ef­fi­cient of 0.04Cd — in this case, among the best in class. The front bumper has been shaped to en­sure the smooth flow of air along the sides, while the A-pil­lars are rounded and flush with the glass to re­duce wind re­sis­tance. Front air dams, ahead of the front tyres, re­duce air re­sis­tance and sup­press lift­ing force.

The Pa­jero Sport’s sides ta­per in­ward at the rear to smooth air­flow sep­a­ra­tion and lower air re­sis­tance, while a front-end de­sign de­creases splash over the wind­screen when driv­ing through wa­ter. The cabin’s in­te­rior space has more front seat head­room than its pre­de­ces­sor, and ex­tra shoul­der room in the sec­ond row.

Up­rated noise in­su­la­tion has been used to achieve a calm in­te­rior, while the four-spoke leather steer­ing wheel is func­tional with a sporty over­tone. The lat­ter in­cor­po­rates cruise, au­dio and other con­trols with auto trans­mis­sion pad­dle shifts mounted be­hind the wheel. Sharply con­trast­ing in­stru­men­ta­tion con­trib­utes to a lux­ury ap­pear­ance and a multi-in­for­ma­tion dis­play in the dash panel pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on fuel con­sump­tion, fuel range and eco-drive as­sis­tance.

Com­pat­i­ble smart­phone con­nec­tiv­ity is a given through An­droid Auto and Ap­ple CarPlay.

Mitsubishi’s up­rated 2.4-litre turbo-diesel en­gine, launched in the 2016 Tri­ton, pro­duces 133kW of power at 3500rpm and 430Nm peak torque at 2500rpm. Fuel econ­omy and emis­sions (Euro 5) have been im­proved by low­er­ing the com­pres­sion ra­tio to 15.5:1 and lo­cat­ing the diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter as close to the en­gine as pos­si­ble.

An all-new eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion has been given its first out­ing in a Mitsubishi ve­hi­cle and has been spe­cially de­vel­oped for the Pa­jero Sport. It fea­tures a so­phis­ti­cated adap­tive con­trol sys­tem which fea­tures up­hill con­trol, down­hill con­trol, and ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal re­lease con­trol.

Pic­ture: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The Pa­jero Sport has joined the ranks of the seven-seat SUV.

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