Mitsubishi ‘s comfortably rugged companion, the new Pajero Sport

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There is a new kid on the Mitsubishi block. The brand that makes rugged yet refined all-terrain vehicles launches their stylish new Pajero Sport.

The new “Boss of the Mitsubishi Stable” will turn heads thanks to more style and more luxury as well as various improvements, thanks to Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design approach.

One of the most outstanding visual features of the new Pajero Sport is its new Dynamic Shield front grille, giving the upgraded version an enhanced, more stylish and modern look.

Although most of the changes are in the form of style and more luxury equipment as part of the standard package, Mitsubishi’s engineers persisted with the ever reliable and powerful 2.4-litre turbodiesel (133 kW/430 Nm) and an sublime 8-speed automatic gearbox that features on all models.

Large and in charge, the new Pajero Sport is Mitsubishi’s unique platform, offering seven seats, making it a new-generation all-round SUV that combines off-road perfection and luxury on-road comfort. The latest version includes more technology and driver comforts.

The new derivative in the range, the Pajero Sport Exceed, offers all the built-in safety features inherent of the Mitsubishi brand, and like the standard 4x4 version, is paired with Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4WD-II system, which delivers performance in the most challenging driving conditions and rugged terrain. The selectable Off-Road Modes maximise traction on and across various surfaces. The Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand or Rock setting can be selected to suit surface conditions to optimise engine output, transmission settings and braking for superior traction control.

All models also boast a hill-start assist system (HAS), dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, rear park distance control and a rear-view camera for safer and easier parking.

Although the Pajero Sport is rugged, it balances technology, comfortable refinements and off-road prowess harmoniously. Expect niceties such as Bluetooth with hands-free voice control, coupled to Mitsubishi’s advanced smartphone-link display audio (SDA) and connected to a large 8” touch screen.

Life is made easier for the driver thanks to a new full-colour digital instrument display, automatic dual-zone air-conditioning throughout the 7-seater cabin, including rear passenger controls and electric windows all round.

All models now have additional USB and additional accessory sockets (dual USB for the rear passengers) and a 220AC 150-Watt power plug with full leather throughout the interior.

The new Exceed flagship model boasts advanced features distinguishing it from its comrades: Power Tilt and Sliding Sunroof, Mitsubishi Remote Control Connectivity and Electronic Tailgate with Dual Kick Sensors.

Improvements have also been done to the already quality and comfortable cabin, offering a soft, luxurious feel, more leg room and elbow space, the additional outlets and ports, and the seven high-quality, comfortable leather seats.

The new range also has an 8-inch smart link display with Apple Car Play and Android Auto for your smartphone and an electric parking brake with auto hold function.

Keeping the road ahead clear, the new Pajero Sport includes LED headlamps, daytime running lights and fog lamps set in a solid and robust front grill finished off with high quality chrome Dynamic Shield, and now also fitted with cornering lamps.

“Looking at the New Pajero Sport from the side, its silhouette shows the new 18-inch alloy wheel designs and repositioned side steps set perfectly to enhance the design, while the higher nose has raised the centre of gravity, offering improved ride quality and off-road ability”, says Nic Campbell
General Manager of Mitsubishi South Africa.

From the rear, the improved design combines the thicker bumper with a rear diffuser to highlight the Pajero Sport’s stable stance on the road.

Nic Campbell went on to say that the Pajero Sport has, “Shorter LED rear combination lamps, rear park distance control and the rear spoiler are standard. On the Exceed version we have the electric tailgate with dual kick sensors for added convenience.”

The 2020 Pajero Sport colour palette has been extended by two hues: White Diamond and Graphite Grey.

In a sea of pricey SUVs, the Pajero Sport presents a compelling package – a true all-rounder with a robust yet pleasant character, the Pajero Sport offers outstanding value.

 

The Competition

Ford Everest, Isuzu mu-X, Haval H9, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Peugeot 5008, Toyota Fortuner and VW Tiguan Allspace.

 

Pricing

Mitsubishi Sport 4x2 Auto:      R609 995

Mitsubishi Sport 4x4 Auto:      R659 995

Mitsubishi Sport Exceed:        R679 995

 

Warranty and service

The new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has a 3-year/100 000km manufacturer’s warranty and a 5-year/90 000km service plan with 10 000km service intervals.

My Choice

Mitsubishi Sport Exceed:        R679 995

www.mitsubishi-motors.co.za

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