Johannesburg - Some of the world’s leading value-for-money SUV’s are built on bakkie chassis, and now Mitsubishi has joined that group with the new seven-seater Pajero Sport, based on the Triton one-tonner, and launched in South Africa today.

Bakkie-based it may be, but it boasts sophisticated running gear, starting with Mitsibishi’s 2.4-litre MIVEC turbodiesel four, rated in this application for 133kW at 3500 revs and 430Nm at 2500rpm, coupled to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode and paddle shift, in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive format.

The latter now has hill descent control with electronic off-road assistance that lets you select Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand or Rock settings, adjusting engine output, transmission settings and braking to suit the terrain, as well as low range and a lockable rear differential - all for less than R600 000.

The Pajero Sport rides on double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension, with anti-roll bars at both ends, giving it a turning circle of only 11.2 metres, one of the tightest in its class; as Misubishi points out, corporate tongue firmly in cheek, that makes it easier to park at the mall as well as more agile off-road.

Light-sensing automatic headlights (with headlight washers on the AWD version), LED daytime driving lights and self-levelling driving lights, and a high-mounted LED brake light on the tailgate are standard issue, as are built-in roof rails. More mode cons include dual-zone automatic aircon, and go on to include keyless entry and push-button start, and rear parking sensors with a rearview camera.

Also standard are leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a luxurious second row with tumble, reclining and sliding functions as a well as a 60:40 seat-back split and a centre armrest with cup holders, while the third row of seats folds flat into the cargo bay floor so as not to impede the monthly shop.


2.4 D4 MIVEC ATR569 995
2.4 D4 MIVEC AWD ATR599 995

These include a three-year or 100 000km warranty and a five-year or 90 000km service plan with 10 000km service intervals.

IOL Motoring
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