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Mitsubishi launched the world’s first passenger vehicle with full-time 4-wheel drive – the PX33 – in 1933. More than 80 years later, Mitsubishi is launching their all-new Pajero Sport, a luxurious purpose-built sport SUV delivering similar refined driving dynamics as many powerful, spacious and luxurious sedans, for a much more favourable price than its peers.
The stylishly designed, new-generation Mitsubishi SUV offers vastly improved driving dynamics, including a class-leading 8-speed automatic transmission for both the 2WD and 4WD models – the latter including low-range – as well as Mitsubishi’s latest version of its Super Select 4-II 4WD system which now also boasts electronic off-road assistance.
The new Pajero Sport is powered by Mitsubishi’s new-generation high-performance MIVEC 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine producing 133kW at 3500 revs/min and 430Nm at 2500 revs/min.
One of the most anticipated features is the fitment of the latest version of Mitsubishi’s unique Super Select 4-II 4WD system, which now boasts electronic off-road assistance as well. Hill descent control has been added for additional safety, and makes traversing treacherous terrain a simple affair: once the speed is set, the driver need only steer the vehicle while the clever system ensures safe passage down the steepest trails.
The selectable off-road mode maximises traction on unsealed surfaces by allowing the driver to select either the Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand or Rock setting to suit surface conditions and optimise engine output, transmission settings and braking for superior traction.
The 8-speed automatic transmission also offers a Sport Mode with manual shifting and paddle shifts.
Under the skin the newcomer boasts double wishbone coil springs with a stabilizer bar in the front and multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar in the back. The quiet drive, thanks to its strong, ladder-frame design which absorbs all levels of NVH, gives the new Pajero Sport a big sedan-car-like ride and handling.
Another massive advantage is its class-leading turning circle of just 11,2m, which allows the agile new Pajero Sport to turn on a dime.
The distinctive styling is energetic and striking, while making the intrepid statement that it is capable of comfortably conquering any terrain.
As far as cabin features are concerned, the latest Pajero Sport stands proud in the presence of its direct competitors and some much pricier luxury sedans.
Soft-feel leather seats further enhance the quality feel of the new Pajero Sport. The driver seat is electrically adjustable. The second row of seats offers a 60:40 split, with tumble, reclining and sliding function, and with a centre armrest and cup holders.
The third row of seats folds flat into the floor to minimise intrusion into the cargo space when not in use.
The overall experience is improved, thanks to rear park distance control with a rear-view camera, dual automatic air-conditioning with rear passenger temperature controls and an electric parking brake. Other standard features include a keyless operating system with electronic start function, multi-function steering wheel and Bluetooth.
Standard built-in safety features include Active Stability and Traction Control, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Brake Override system and six airbags.
The new Pajero Sport line-up consists of two high-specification derivatives, 4×4 and 4×2, both powered by Mitsubishi’s new-generation super-responsive MIVEC turbo-diesel engine and the 8-speed automatic transmission.
If it is a package consisting of luxury and real 4×4 ability that you are after, and if it is value for money you crave, you will be hard-pressed to look beyond the keenly priced and well-equipped Pajero Sport.
Mitsubishi is confident that the Pajero Sport will fit in nicely with their existing product line-up and customer base, while luring new lifestyle customers with its sophisticated carlike driving dynamics, luxurious comfort and elegant style, as well as its admirable off-road reputation