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.
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.