MITSUBISHI SA LAUNCHES ITS ALL-NEW PAJERO SPORT 4X2 MODEL
Mitsubishi Motors SA has introduced an important new derivative to its range of Pajero Sport full-size SUVs. It is a very well equipped 4×2 model which has the latest 2,5-litre high performance turbo diesel engine developing 131kW of power at 4 000r/min and 350N.m of torque at 1 800r/min. This new engine is particularly fuel efficient with a fuel consumption of only 8.5l/100km. This engine performs well, and as one of the higher torque engines in the class, delivers the goods on the highway and in the city.
“Of the full-sized SUVs – 4×2 is around 70% of the segment – the Pajero Sport 4×2 now really competes in that segment. Previously we were only in the 4×4 segment. The Pajero Sport is a fantastic vehicle, and now that we have a 4×2, we expect to dramatically increase our volumes,” explained the CEO of Mitsubishi Motors SA, Jaco Oosthuizen.
The new addition to the face lifted Pajero Sport 4×4 models introduced in September 2013 is particularly well equipped, while being the lowest priced of its direct competitors. Priced at R419,900 the Pajero Sport 4×2 offers outstanding value for money considering the very high level of standard equipment for comfort, convenience and safety, as well as the versatility of its variable arrangements for the second and third rows of seats.
“The market acceptance of the new Pajero Sport 4×4 is outstanding with a current waiting list for both the M/T and A/T,” said Oosthuizen. “The favourable pricing which was negotiated with Mitsubishi Japan is improving our offering substantially, making the Pajero Sport range an attractive proposition for people looking for high-specification large-sized SUV’s.”
This new derivative in the Pajero Sport range also benefits from the eye-catching and bold new frontal styling and features such as colour-coded door handles and exterior rear view mirrors, which now incorporate indicator repeaters. Wheels are more aggressively styled 17” alloys with 245/65 R17 tyres.
The Pajero Sport range also has much improved ride refinement, and the drive is exceptionally quiet and comfortable for an SUV of this size. The very solid build quality of the 4×4 is proven in the toughest terrain, and when driving the 4×2, that same solid feeling is apparent. Road holding is very good; gravel roads are dispatched without hiccup and the Pajero Sport has a settled stable feel. Ground clearance on these 4x2s is also very impressive at 205mm. Its turning radius is only 5.6m which makes it exceptionally manoeuvrable in city-driving conditions.
Safety features in this new derivative include active stability and traction control, while Mitsubishi’s insistence of high levels in terms of active and passive safety means six airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic brake distribution (EBD), as well as Mitsubishi’s characteristic RISE safety cell body structure.
As befits its luxury specification it is available only with a five-speed automatic transmission, and leads its competitors by having paddle shifts on the steering wheel for those wanting to select gear ratios manually.
The instrument panel and some of the other trimmed areas have a modern, carbon fibre appearance. Privacy glass is used for the rear side windows with the luggage area neatly rounded off with a vinyl tonneau cover – a must for practical use in and around cities.
The seats are covered in black leather, while the steering wheel is also leather covered and incorporates multi-function switches, including cruise control, Bluetooth control and audio control. The Mitsubishi Link system is voice activated and allows the driver to operate the phone functions on the move with voice commands, and also features an intuitive menu system and voice training. The high quality audio system includes a touch screen display, an audio jack and USB port with six speakers.
The rear-view mirror has an electronic chromatic system to prevent glare automatically, while the rear park assist system now includes a reversing camera besides the standard rear park distance control
Vehicles like the Pajero Sport are great for long distances and used by families for road trips. Additional features, perfect for this, include full climate control and rear controls for the air-conditioning for passengers. There are also seven seats, although the rear set can fold down flat for more boot space. Passengers also have excellent leg room in the rear and the rear pillar is neatly out of the way making getting in and out easy. Other features include dusk sensing headlamps which come on automatically at dusk while the windscreen wipers are rain sensitive. Fog lights and headlamp washers are also part of the standard specification.
Full size SUVs have plenty of interior room and the Pajero Sport is no exception, featuring seven seats and luggage space of 1 149 litres with the third row of seats folded flat and 1 776 litres when both the second and third rows are folded flat.
The latest Pajero Sport models will be available in a choice of five colours: Eisen Grey Mica, Cool Silver Metallic, Quartz Bronze Metallic, Medium Red and White Pearl.
The Pajero Sport is covered by a 3-year/100 000km warranty and 5-year/ 90 000km Service Plan.