Vehicle News: The All-New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

They say there’s a first time for everything, and Mitsubishi seem to have taken that as a personal challenge when designing the new Pajero Sport – especially when it comes to safety. It has three different models in its range; the GLX, GLS and Exceed, and looks to have perfected the balance between off-road capability and family-friendly interior features – all while not costing the earth. (video at bottom of post)

The Pajero Sport’s long list of standard safety features includes: rear view cameras, reversing sensors, seven SRS airbags, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Descent Control (which comes in handy when you’re off-road and at speeds below 20km/h, down to 2km/h on a steep gradient), Hill Start Assist and Trailer Stability Assist systems. It’s no surprise then, to learn the Pajero Sport has been awarded an ANCAP five-star safety rating.

On top of the safety features that run across the range, the Exceed model has advanced safety systems which include: Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), which warns you visually and audibly that there’s an impending collision, and if the risk escalates it moves to autonomous braking; Blind Spot Warning (BSW) illuminates a symbol in the driver’s side mirror and has an audible alert when the indicator is switched on if there’s a vehicle in your blind spot; Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS), handy if you ever accidentally stomp on the accelerator in a busy carpark under speeds of 10km/h; and a Multi around Monitor System (MMS) – four cameras that display a bird’s eye view of the vehicle to help you with reverse parking.

The 2.4-turbo diesel engine is said to achieve 133kW of power and 3500 rpm and 430Nm peak torque at 2500 rpm. Not bad when combined with the 8-speed automatic transmission that delivers a 17% improvement in fuel efficiency when compared with the Challenger. It’s also the first transmission of its kind fitted to a Mitsubishi and helps achieve responsive acceleration and lower fuel consumption; this Mitsi sips only a cool 8L every 100km. Its driving capabilities are enhanced with Off-Road Mode, a neat little terrain control system which was developed specifically for the Pajero Sport and provides driving modes for gravel, mud/snow, sand and rock.

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The Pajero Sport’s interior looks pretty sleek, with ‘piano black’ finishes and silver ornamentation. It has a standard five-seat setup with tumble-forward seats and has increased head and leg room when compared with its predecessor, the Challenger. All models in the range have the latest smart phone connectivity and keyless entry with push button start and an electronic parking brake. The GLS model boasts dual-zone air-conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, and differential lock for additional traction when out on the rough stuff. It’s the Exceed that really impresses though with the heated front seats, rear DVD entertainment and 8 speaker audio – creature comforts that will keep the whole family happy out on the road.

Under the body the Pajero Sport has double wishbone suspension, a coil spring set up at the front and 3-link rigid axle with coil spring suspension at the rear. Ground clearance measures in at 218mm and it has a wading depth of 700mm. The Pajero Sport has a towing capacity of 3,100kg, which will be more than comfortable towing your average camper trailer. With a five-year/100,000km new car warranty, the Pajero Sport looks like it’ll be more than up to the task of wearing the venerable Pajero badge.

Prices start at $45,000 RRP for the GLX; $48,500 RRP for the GLS and for the top of the range Exceed, you’ll be looking at $52,750 RRP. Check out the new Pajero Sport in action in the video below, and read the full vehicle specs on Mitsubishi’s website HERE.



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  • Purchased the mid range model in January 2016. Am I happy with it? In a word yes. I traded in my trusty MN Triton and this was certainly an upgrade. Better and more comfortable seats an instant winner, fuel economy a bit higher than the quoted figures (still better than the Triton) and just a joy to drive. The electronics take a while to get use to and the voice commands drive you to frustration at times but the idea is good. Since purchase I have added drawer system, Smart Bar, driving lights, winch, CB, front diff lock and compressor, rear airbags (to adjust tow height only), changed factory tyres to Bridgestone Duellers (Light truck A/T) and decided to put in Hema 6.

    The only negatives would be, the lack of inbuilt GPS, seemed to have engine surges for first 10,000 Km which Mitsubishi put down to EGR valve and having 8 speed gear box, it seems to want to sit in higher gear than needed, possibly to achieve better fuel readings.

  • So many have mistaken this as the new Pajero, ie. a replacement for the existing full-size Paj. It’s not – it’s essentially a Challenger replacement, and a bloody good one at that. Mitsubishi are not trying to fool anybody by using the name ‘Pajero Sport’ either – the Pajero Sport name has been used overseas on what we have known as Challenger for many many years. This just brings it in line with overseas markets. Is it a good car? Absolutely. Best value for money in its class hands down, and a very capable 4wd with outstanding fuel economy. For those whining about the fuel tank size, you might want to take the fuel economy into account. Better fuel economy = less need for a gargantuan fuel tank.
    If you haven’t driven one, stop whining and take one for a test drive. For those that have, you’ll know how good this car really is.

  • Hopefully a price war escalates in 2016 as all the new offerrings get repriced due to the downturn in Australia so the dumb aussie tax is deleted and our pricing falls into line with all the overseas markets. Australia is constantly the dumping ground for overpriced and under ptioned poverty boxes. If we do gt a same optioned car as per overseas then we pay throughthe nose despite our dollars previous strength.
    This new pajero (which is really just a new challenger with a new name) needs to be $10,000 cheaper across the range. In fact it MUST be that much cheaper when you factor in the competitions offerrings and discounts applied to hard nosed buyers.
    Great start mitsubishi, great car but just too expensive fo the retirees who have lost a lot in their super/pension funds and considering the massive job cuts and salary cuts in the once strong mining sector.

  • Looks nice, but it’s a shame it’s not a real Pajero… Some of us still want to be able to buy new large 4X4 wagons like the existing (Real) Pajero… Mitsubishi, you’ve just lost a loyal customer… you make me sad.

  • It looks like a good value for money proposition. How does the cargo space (with the rear seats up) compare with the current Pajero (LxWxH)? Actually, how does it compare with the current Pajero overall?

    Other than space, my main reservations would be the lack of ventilation to the rear seats, and the reliance on a smartphone rather than having inbuilt GPS integrated with radio/CD etc, like the MMCS in the Pajero. I’d prefer a bit more fuel tank capacity too, but if the fuel economy numbers are right it would have better range than the current diesel Pajero (which is my yardstick, since that is what I actually drive – and it is due for replacement later this year).

  • The new Pajero looks good and sounds good but what a disappointment it has a smaller fuel tank. With my van on the back I will constantly looking for a service station. I’m glad the 7 seats have gone as this should have always been an option. Mine just sit in the cupboard wasted. The extra towing capacity sounds good, but what is the draw bar capacity? With Mitsubishi, as the draw bar weight goes up, the tow ball weight goes down, so based on that premise and extra weight it will be less than 250kg. The draw bar weights on most vans in most cases are just a guess. My friends new van had 140kg on the plate and actually went 320kg. Some of these weights indicated by manufacturers are very suspect.
    The change to a solid rear axle is a great move especially for those who tow a lot. The insides of the treat just get destroyed especially on our QLD roads even with positive camber.
    My car is a great towing vehicle so it will be interesting to see just how well the new one goes. I wish it well.

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