SUV up­date

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - The Weekly Advertiser Motoring -

MIT­SUBISHI Mo­tors Aus­tralia Limited has an­nounced model year up­dates for its Pa­jero Sport range, in­tro­duc­ing a sec­ond five-seat vari­ant, boost­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els across all three model grades and in­creas­ing prices on all vari­ants.

While the current range con­sists of the five-seat GLX and seven-seat GLS and Ex­ceed, a five-seat ver­sion of the mid-spec GLS will be added to the range.

When the rugged SUV range was orig­i­nally launched in De­cem­ber 2015, all vari­ants were five-seat only.

How­ever, the GLS and Ex­ceed later switched to a seven-seat set-up.

Ask­ing price for the en­try-level GLX has in­creased by $500 to $45,500 plus on-road costs, the seven-seat GLS by $1000 to $49,500 and the range-top­ping Ex­ceed by $650 to $53,650.

The GLS five-door is now priced the same as the out­go­ing seven-seat ver­sion at $48,500.

Range-wide changes for the new Pa­jero Sport in­clude the ad­di­tion of for­ward col­li­sion mit­i­ga­tion and adap­tive cruise control, a new soft trim along the con­sole sides, two new USB charg­ing ports for sec­ondrow oc­cu­pants, a 220V aux­il­iary out­let in the cen­tre con­sole bin and il­lu­mi­nated driver and pas­sen­ger van­ity mir­rors.

GLX ver­sions now come with 18inch wheels as stan­dard, while the Ex­ceed has a sportier look with the ad­di­tion of a tail­gate spoiler.

GLS ver­sions are now avail­able with the Pitch Black pearles­cent ex­te­rior hue.

No changes have been made to the ubiq­ui­tous pow­er­train un­der­pin­ning the en­tirety of the Pa­jero Sport range, a 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four­cylin­der en­gine pro­duc­ing 133kw at 3500rpm and 430Nm at 2500rpm.

The power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, with low-range gear­ing and dif­fer­en­tial lock for off-road use.

In 2017, Mit­subishi sold 7618 ex­am­ples of the Pa­jero Sport, a 22 per­cent in­crease over 2016 and enough for eighth in the large SUV seg­ment.

It was also the sec­ond-best-sell­ing ute-based SUV be­hind the Isuzu MU-X with 8087.

Through the first two months of 2018, Mit­subishi has sold 1174 units of the Pa­jero Sport, down 0.8 per­cent year-on-year but slightly ahead of the MU-X on 1143.

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