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Pajero sport: Right on point

Pajero sport: Right on point

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Although the previous Pajero Sport was getting long in the tooth, Mitsubishi’s latest offering is set to stick it to the Everest and Fortuner with a combination of new tech, safety features, style and capability. The vehicle has been completely redesigned from the ground up, and is based on the ladder frame of the latest Triton bakkie.

Capability and drivetrain

Like the Triton, the Pajero Sport uses a heavily turbocharged 2.4-litre diesel mill, in this case with 133kW and 430Nm. Unlike the Triton with its five-speed auto, the Sport uses an Aisin 8-speed auto, and, thanks to that quick-shifting box, a low fuel-consumption of 8 litres/100km is made possible. The low-range transfer box enables it to tackle the slowest climbs.

One of the most anticipated features of the new Pajero Sport is the latest Super Select 4-II 4WD system. The system uses the tried and tested part-time 4WD with a viscous coupling, as well as a terrain selector which can adjust the parameters of traction control, gearbox, throttle response and even brakes, depending on the terrain. Hill descent control is also standard on 4×4 models, as is a rear diff lock.

Safety

The Sport gets the maximum score in the Australian ANCAP safety test – a rating of five stars, which includes an array of passive and active features. The active features include Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), BAS (Brake Assist System), and Brake Override System. Six airbags – for the driver, passenger, seat and side curtains – are included too.

Design and interior

The new Pajero Sport doesn’t share sheet metal or interior styling with its predecessor, and looks both sleek and aggressive by comparison. LED driving lights and roof rails are standard, while the new interior offers a high-quality feel and class-leading space for all three rows of seats. Up front, the interior is dominated by the raised centre console and a simple but ergonomic dash layout. There is a multitude of storage pockets and 12V sockets adorning the leather-clad interior for all three rows. Drivers will also benefit from a tilt and reach adjustable steering wheel, and keyless go.

Pajero sport

Pajero sport

Part of the good news is the price, which takes the fight directly to the current segment leaders. The 2WD (rear-drive only) version comes in at R569 995, while the 4WD is pitched at R599 995. It carries a standard 3-year/100 000km manufacturer’s warranty and 5-year/90 000km service plan with 10 000km service intervals.

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