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Enhanced Mitsubishi Pajero Sport VGT and GL

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, the SUV variant of the Triton, arrived in Malaysia in 2009. As a full-sized SUV, it quickly found a niche since the previous big SUVs that were dominant – the Toyota Land Cruiser and Mitsubishi Pajero – had left the market. Although the new generation of pick-ups like the Triton took over their role as dual-purpose vehicles, there was still a need for more spacious SUVs and that’s where the Pajero Sport offered itself as an appealing choice.

It’s now 5 years later and if it was a passenger car, it would be time for a full model change to the next generation. But the Pajero Sport is, in industry terms, a light commercial vehicle and this category of vehicles normally have longer product cycles, sometimes as long as 10 years.

In the past, customers for such vehicles were not concerned about technological and cosmetic updating; what they wanted was reliability, durability, low running costs and of course, a low price. They bought such vehicles for work and looks didn’t really matter, nor did having the latest and greatest. The longer a product cycle, the lower the cost can be because you can amortize all the original costs over a long period and with a larger volume.

But today, SUVs are also bought as primary vehicles and not used as workhorses too. The people who buy them have the same expectations as they would of a passenger car, ie updates and upgrades frequently. So the manufacturers now have to keep refreshing a product which may be around a while and apart from cosmetic changes, limited editions also provide the ‘updating’.

For the Pajero Sport, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia has included an upgrade to go with some cosmetic changes to the front end (grille and bumper design). This enhancement gives a premium feel to the vehicle and is in the form of leather upholstery.

The two variants – Pajero Sport VGT and Pajero Sport GL #8211; also come with white turn signal rear tail lamps, body-coloured door mirror housings with integrated signal indicators and roof rail as standard. The Pajero Sport VGT rolls in 17-inch alloy wheels while the GL variant has 16-inch wheels.

Both variants use 2.5-litre diesel engines but the Pajero Sport VGT’s engine has a Variable Geometry Turbocharger which boosts output to 178 ps/350 Nm. This variant also comes with the Super Select 4#215;4 system for crossing virtually any type of terrain. The Super Select System has been developed with the experience gained from many years of participation in the Dakar Rallies.

The vehicle is also equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

The Pajero Sport GL’s engine produces 136 ps/314 Nm and it has only a rear-wheel drive.

Imported as CBU models from Thailand and available in Black Mica, Cool Silver Metallic, White Pearl and Quartz Brown Metallic. the Pajero Sport VGT is priced at RM172,211.60 while the Pajero Sport GL is priced at RM151,277.60 (both prices on-the-road without insurance in Peninsular Malaysia). Customers also get a 5-year/unlimited mileage warranty as well as 2-years of free scheduled maintenance.

“The Pajero Sport has been a success in Malaysia since its introduction in 2009. Last year, we sold close to 1,300 and to date, it has found more than 5,000 proud owners in Malaysia. The Pajero Sport has also reached a cumulative sales volume of 200,000 units worldwide.

As for the Pajero Sport VGT and GL, we aim to achieve a sales target of 2,000 units per year,#8221; said Tetsuya Oda, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia.

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