Mitsubishi unveiled the new Pajero Sport at the 2015 Bangkok Big Motor Sale, which kicked off in Thailand on August 1.
The first generation Pajero Sport was born in 1996. It is badged as the “Challenger” in Japan. The outgoing model, the second generation Pajero Sport, was launched in 2008. Its total global sales have reached approximately 400,000 units.
The third generation Pajero Sport will have its debut at the 2015 Bangkok Big Motor Sale. Produced at the Laem Chabang Plant, its sale is scheduled to start this fall in Thailand. Mitsubishi plans to sell the new Pajero Sport to approximately 90 countries beginning in Australia, the ASEAN nations, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Russia.
The new Pajero Sport has been developed with the “Stylish and Comfortable Off-Road SUV” concept. It’s a new-generation mid-size SUV that inherits the best of the Pajero brand, featuring a refined and high-quality design, excellent running performance and comfortable cabin, best-in-class environmental performance, and advanced safety features.
Its front mask features the Dynamic Shield, Mitsubishi’s latest design language. The interior uses a high console proportion dashboard that is befitting of larger SUVs, while the dynamically styled silver-finish ornamentation and sculpted seats give it a luxurious feel.
It is powered by a 2.4L inline-four MIVEC turbo diesel engine. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, a first for a Mitsubishi model. The new Pajero Sport uses Mitsubishi’s own Super-Select 4WD-II four-wheel drive system that is complemented by the new Off-Road Mode, which offers better runing performance and stability depending on the road surface, and through the Hill Descent Control. Mitsubishi revealed that its fuel economy has improved by 17% compared to its predecessor.
(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)