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Mitsubishi Pajero


September 4, 2013

The bakkie-based SUV is a tough-one in which to compete. clear from the sales that the Hilux-based Fortuner is Africa’s favourite (makes given how popular the Hilux is) and the car has dominated the segment since its

One of its rivals, I feel, has always got a bit of a rap. And that’s the Mitsubishi Sport.

See, I think the best-looking of the lot, with the Everest’s ungainly lines and the dated appearance only fuel to that fire. things kicked off and the battle was between the three aforementioned the segment has grown a little, Chevrolet’s Isuzu KB-based Even so, though, why is Mitsubishi’s share so small?

Well, part of it is undoubtedly the that the brand doesn’t a 4#215;2 option, which up 73% of the segment, though it will be imminently.

So, with that, thought it time to upgrade its offering, and though visually it quite similar (there are in the grille, bumper and taillight and door handles and wing are now colour coded), it has been upgraded and the specification offering has enhanced. Those mechanical are quite important, as it is the area in I feel the Pajero Sport fell shorter than its It was a bit agricultural to drive, and a little could have gone a way.

Given that only two per of the segment is petrol powered, as Mitsubishi has chosen to go only diesel power for the Pajero and the new 2.5-litre engine is a significant over the old 3.2-litre one. It a best-in-class 131kW (11kW up on the and churns out 400Nm of torque in the derivative, which is an impressive more than before. The delivers 350Nm.

But more the power and torque hikes (as as the efficiency benefits of the smaller it feels much smoother and refined than before. also a new automatic transmission, time with five as opposed to the previous auto four cogs and it, too, is more refined. All of this that the Pajero Sport a smoother drive on road.

Over and above the improved performance, there’s plenty of and comfort spec on offer. Six and a host of safety acronyms, ABS, EBD, BAS and TC make up the side, while the convenience comprises rain-sensing wipers, HID lamps, park distance a rearview camera and a touch-screen unit. Then, of course the practical seven-seat layout the third row folds into the (much more practical rivals that have the fold up the side of the cargo

While specification may impress, the itself does not. are too many different kinds of and that old stripey dashboard still hasn’t changed. the quality itself is acceptable, the and materials are not, and that is one in which the Pajero Sport itself down.

However, an SUV, it can’t be judged on its on-road ability and comfort. the Pajero Sport was given the to prove itself off the beaten at De Wildt, where it did just Numerous steep and slippery massive wheel articulation and a variety of other challenges no problems for the Pajero Sport.

It was able to dispatch the obstacles although not always with every car in the convoy completed the

To further enhance the appeal of the new Sport, Mitsubishi has priced it at the end of the segment’s spectrum, even it offers features closer to available for around R50 000 more. The starts at R435 900, is R10 000 more than the cheapest but the automatic is only R10 000 more that, which is cheaper the higher-spec Everest and significantly affordable than the dated, segment leader.

To be perfectly honest, all the SUVs in segment are rather similar. don#8217;t offer fantastic ability (owed to their underpinnings) and are all fairly equally off road, and the Pajero Sport, its low-range transfer case and centre and rear diffs, is not any than, say, a Fortuner in environment. However, as a value it impresses more than its and it balances price, spec and well to offer an enticing

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