If there’s one thing obvious related to the introduction of this completely redesigned 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, is that competition is now hotter than ever.
We’ve seen rivals Toyota who just revealed their handsome new Fortuner, Ford with the new Everest and Isuzu with its MU-X. The outgoing Pajero Sport started production in Thailand since 2008, and a full seven years later, the time has come for a successor, bearing the company’s new “Dynamic Shield” design philosophy first seen on the 2015 Outlander, no less.
To stack up with the competition, the new Pajero Sport gets injected with a host of advanced safety features as well as having enhanced ride comfort, handling stability and off-roadability. Despite sharing its body-on-frame architecture with the Triton it’s based on, the Pajero Sport will be powered by a 2.4-litre turbodiesel MIVEC engine – a first for the model.
No numbers are available at present, but Mitsubishi claims that the new powertrain, together with an eight-speed automatic transmission will return a 17 percent improvement on fuel efficiency. It gets the company’s improved Super-Select-4WD-II four wheel drive system that’s complemented with the Off-Road mode, a Mitsubishi first.
The Off-Road mode is said to give better all-terrain performance and stability. Its drivetrain features an electronic differential lock which cleverly distributes torque to each individual wheel and can be further optimised by selecting the appropriate terrain mode using the electronic diff control.
As we’ve mentioned earlier, the Pajero Sport is bestowed with a good list of advanced safety features, beginning with the Forward Collision Mitigation system, Blind Spot Warning system and Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System. Packaged together with it are seven airbags, Electric Parking Brake, Multi-Around Monitor and Hill Descent Control.
Sales of the Pajero Sport will commence in a few months’ time, starting in Thailand where it’s produced at the Laem Chabang Plant. It’s only a matter of time before it’s officially brought in by Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, so be sure to stick around for more details surrounding this SUV!