Unveiled today (1 August) in Thailand, where the new-generation mid-size SUV is built, the muscular Pajero Sport inherits the best of the Pajero brand, from sporty yet refined exterior lines, powerful performance and sculpted seats to a full pack of safety features.
The Pajero Sport welds the new ‘dynamic shield’ front face, nurtured through successive Pajero series, into a stylish design that puts it in a class of its own.
Powering the rugged new SUV is a 2.4 litre MIVEC turbo-diesel that’s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission – Mitsubishi’s first. The powertrain achieves exceptional economy and CO2 emissions of under 200 g/km.
Pajero Sport is loaded with active and passive safety features.
Mitsubishi’s unique RISE (reinforced impact safety evolution) body design and seven airbags provide outstanding passive safety.
Active safety features include the blind spot warning system, forward collision mitigation braking, and four-camera all-round monitoring.
Significant advances to the already-legendary Super-Select 4WD system include off-road mode, letting the driver dial in snow or rocks or gravel to achieve maximum traction, and hill descent control.
Mitsubishi’s head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook says while the new SUV will be sold in 90 countries, “it’s absolutely tailor-made for New Zealand. With its shared Pajero heritage and significant off-road advancements the Pajero Sport will have major appeal for Kiwi drivers”.