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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, March 19, 2016
AT last: after living with the lumpen lines
of previous Pajeros, the latest iteration
of the large wagon from Mitsubishi has
taken up looks more in character with
that of a true sports utility vehicle.
While Mitsubishi says the Pajero Sport is
the most technically advanced off-roader it
has produced, it is the all-round look of the
company s new Dynamic Shield styling theme
that is the most striking feature.
The Pajero Sport comes in three highly-
specified versions -- GLX, GLS and Exceed
-- starting at a competitive entry-level price of
$45,000. Powered by the Triton s 2.4-litre MIVEC
turbo-diesel engine, coupled to an eight-speed
automatic transmission, the GLX, in true
off-roader style, is fitted with the Super Select
II 4WD system and Off-road Terrain Control
The GLS, at $48,500, takes on added comfort
and convenience features such as dual-zone
air-conditioning, leather interior, rain-sensing
wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps and electro-
chromatic rear view mirror. Mitsubishi s five-
year warranty and fixed-price servicing apply to
the new wagon.
I took advantage of the range-topping Exceed
($52,750), which goes the full Monty with the
latest active safety measures and luxuries
including heated front seats with power
adjustment, rear DVD entertainment system
and eight-speaker audio.
The word striking does not do the Pajero
Sport exterior justice. Based on Challenger
architecture, it s a big wagon (almost five
metres long) with sleek lines that make it look
as if it is built for speed.
In profile, Pajero Sport carries a crease
running through the front guard and rear
quarter panel and taillight. Integrated roof rails,
side sill garnish and side step reinforce the
bold SUV image and modern design 18-inch
alloy wheels have premium quality written all
Up front is Mitsubishi s new Dynamic Shield
styling theme -- bumpers that wrap around the
front from the left and right guards and are
bordered by a bright silver garnish.
Chrome-trimmed grille bars run from the
three-diamond Mitsubishi badge into the
headlight accents, giving the Pajero Sport the
latest front fascia design.
Talk about bright lights, big city , day or
night the Pajero Sports announces its arrival
with a front lighting set-up consisting of LED
headlights dominated by super-hero size DRLs.
On a practical note, extensive wind-tunnel
testing and computer modelling have produced
a best-in-class drag coefficient of 0.04 Cd,
while the smart front-end design dramatically
decreases water splash over the windscreen
when driving through water.
The sporty feel is repeated in the passenger
cabin with a Mitsubishi-first electric park brake
and lofty centre console that wraps around
occupants of the front seats which have been
given extra padding for comfort, especially on
Adding to Pajero Sport s comfort and
convenience is keyless entry with push button
start across the range, along with upgraded
Electronic Time and Control System with
a number of fully customisable functions
including welcome light, coming home
light and headlight auto off. Dusk sensing
headlamps can also be adjusted to increase or
decrease the sensitivity of operation.
Smartphones can be linked to the display
audio system for both Android Auto and Apple
CarPlay; there s a digital audio broadcast radio
playing through eight speakers.
Phones can be stored in the centre arm rest
console located near USB and HDMI ports,
passengers in the back can take advantage of a
roof-mounted entertainment DVD system.
A rear view camera has well defined multi-
colour guidelines and Exceed makes use of
a multi-around view monitor. However, one
glaring omission is satellite navigation as a
The 4N15 2.4-litre four-cylinder MIVEC
intercooled turbo-diesel engine with common-
rail fuel injection meets Euro 5 emission
standards. Power is 133 kW at 3500rpm and
torque 430 Nm at 2500 revs.
The low compression ratio of 15.5 to1
reduces friction and emissions, MIVEC variable
valve timing improves power, while offset crank
reduces friction and improves fuel economy.
The variable-geometry turbocharger is
compact with reduced inertia moment and
smaller turbine for quicker response across
the rev range. An electronic throttle has been
introduced for improved response.
The Aisin electronically controlled close ratio
eight-speed has increased gear ratio spread by
36 per cent, an expanded torque converter lock-
up range with slip lock-up feature.
Uphill control comes into operation when
driving up an incline or towing a trailer. A
unique shift map selects the best gears for
maximum vehicle progression; downhill control
uses lower gears to support deceleration via
Throttle release control has upshifting
temporarily abandoned when the accelerator
pedal is released to provide engine braking and
engine response once the pedal is re-applied.
A five-star ANCAP safety rating is the result
of enhanced front-end energy absorbing
structures for pedestrian injury protection,
seven airbags, the front with pre-tensioners
and force limiters.
Active safety features include forward
collision mitigation, blind spot warning, active
stability and traction control, hill descent
control, trailer stability assist, hill start assist
and emergency stop signal.
Finally, ultrasonic misacceleration mitigation
decreases the chance and severity of hitting
obstacles when the driver mistakenly presses
the accelerator with the vehicle at rest or at
speeds of up to 10 km/h. Ultrasonic sensors
detect obstructions in front of or behind
the vehicle and regulate engine power while
emitting an audible warning.
Looking the part is only half the battle, and
the Pajero Sport Exceed backs up its sporty
appearance with performance to match from
the four-pot turbo-diesel. It s quiet too.
Engineers have redesigned suspension
geometry and upgraded suspension
components to give Pajero Sport sharper
handling and a compliant ride. There s a hint of
body roll on fast bends.
Larger two-piston caliper ventilated discs
all round pull up the heavyweight without
Our test Pajero consumed 6.7 litres per 100
kilometres of fuel at motorway speeds and up
to 15 litres per 100 kilometres trotting around
town. Mitsubishi claims 8.0 L/100 km on the
combined city / country cycle with 212 grams of
carbon dioxide emitted over the same distance.
Steering wheel paddle shifts give the driver
a chance to play with the Pajero, serves up
enough power and torque to get the weighty
wagon off the mark quickly and have enough on
hand to accelerate to overtaking speeds with
However, in one sense the Exceed takes
sports car characteristics a little too far. On the
outside, what appears to be an expansive rear
window (1200 mm) runs across nearly the full
width of the vehicle, while from the inside the
aperture is blocked off to a weedy (870 mm)
letterbox , substantially limiting the driver s
Pulling power is enough to hook up a
3.1-tonne braked trailer load behind and cargo
capacity varies from 673 litres with the rear seat
backs up to 1624 litres with them folded.
All Pajero Sport models incorporate Super
Select II four-wheel drive with dial-up 2H, 4H,
4HLc and 4LLc. Terrain off-road modes -- gravel,
mud / snow, sand, and rock - likewise can be
selected. For horror stretches the GLS and
Exceed can call on a rear differential lock.
The news is all good. When it comes to the
packaging, the Exceed does live up to the tag,
while the sharper Pajero Sport in general could
find a group of discerning 4WD fans that would
not previously have given the old-school Pajero
a second look.
For further information, contact Hutchinson
Motors LMCT 6390, corner Ninth Street and
Deakin Avenue, phone 5021 6300 or visit www.
New Pajero is a real Sport
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