• Mitsubishi Motors South Africa launches an updated Pajero Sport.
• The model range has been expanded to three new derivatives.
• An Exceed derivative is now the flagship model.
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Mitsubishi has updated its Pajero Sport with a new front grille and a higher specification level. A new flagship Exceed model with 4x4 joins the existing 4x2 and 4x4 models.
"The new Pajero Sport is extremely important to Mitsubishi Motors and it ticks all the boxes to become our hero model", says Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa.
The Japanese company emphasises its new 'dynamic shield' front grille, that offers an enhanced, more stylish and modern look.
As mentioned Exceed model ships standard with 4x4 and feature selectable off-road modes that maximises traction on and across various surfaces.
The gravel, mud/snow, sand or rock setting can be selected to suit surface conditions to optimise engine output, transmission settings and braking for better traction control.
All models boast a hill-start assist system (HAS), dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, rear park distance control and a rear-view camera for safer and easier parking.
On the inside, standard features include a tilt and telescopic adjustment for the steering column with a multi-function leather-clad steering wheel with audio and cruise control.
The new range offers Bluetooth with hands-free voice control, coupled to the smartphone-link display audio connected to a large 20cm touch screen.
All models now have additional USB and additional accessory sockets (dual USB for the rear passengers) and a 220AC 150-Watt power plug with full leather throughout the interior.
The top-of-range Exceed model features a power tilt and sliding sunroo, electronic boot 'dual kick sensors'. All seven-seats are wrapped in leather
Improvements have also been done to the already quality and comfortable cabin, offering a soft, luxurious feel, more leg room and elbow space, the aforementioned additional outlets and ports and the seven high-quality, comfortable leather seats.
The new range also has an 20cm smart link display with Apple Car Play and Android Auto for your smartphone, and an electric parking brake with auto hold function.
On the exterior expect LED headlamps, daytime running lights and fog lamps set in a solid and robust front grill finished off with high quality chrome dynamic shield and now also fitted with cornering lamps.
From the rear, the improved design combines the thicker bumper with a rear diffuser and there are two new colours available: White Diamond and Graphite Grey.
The Pajero Sport has a 30-degree approach angle and a 24-degree departure angle for when the need for off-roading kicks in.
4x2 Auto - R609 995
4x4 Auto - R659 995
Exceed - R679 995
All models are offered with a three-year or 100 000km warranty and a five-year or 90 000km service plan with 10 000km service intervals.
Compiled by Sean Parker