New Pajero pushes out boundaries
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.
The Pajero Sport has joined the ranks of the seven-seat SUV.