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2016 MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT: THE BEAST FROM THE EAST

Over the years, the name ‘Mitsubishi’ has been synonymous with the word ‘Reliability’. This Japanese automotive giant has constantly been pushing the boundaries of automotive engineering for over nine decades. Regardless of the competition it faces or the sales number it has been attaining, Mitsubishi has always been able to put out cars that scream quality and durability. This year, however, Mitsubishi’s R&D team has completely thrown out everything they have to completely redesign the Pajero Sport moniker. Mitsubishi is taking the fight to its competition with the new generation Pajero Sport. The question here is, has Mitsubishi hatched the right vehicle? Let’s find out.

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EXTERIOR

The Pajero Sport has gone through a complete overhaul with the front-end inspired by the new grill design found in the new Outlander. On the side flanks, we have an inclining body with sleek cutouts for windows that looks agile and more athletic coupled with a sharp angular line that meets with the tip of the swept back tail lights and all this sits on a set of 18 inch alloy wheels which look comfortably at home.

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Out on the back the addition of a beefy spoiler up top paired with slender taillights that form into a pointed hammerhead shape and a sizeable rear windscreen. With the stature and poise of a mountain cat ready to pounce this is the most striking Pajero we have ever seen.

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INTERIOR

As soon as you open the door, hints of the fierce front grill makes its way to the steering wheel, dashboard with smart brushed-aluminum trim highlights flowing nicely all the way to the door grab-handles. Mitsubishi’s stylists have undertaken some serious work with the Pajero Sport which looks contemporary and displays quality materials, fit and finish. The high seating position and a wide view provide you with a sense of control. The electric front leather seat adjustment and rake/reach adjustment for the steering wheel facilitates a very comfortable driving position.

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The car features the new Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA). This system integrates communication, music and map apps from your compatible smartphone. Operating the audio system, cruise control or using Bluetooth is simple and safe, thanks to the steering wheel-mounted controls.

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Make calls, change songs or your travelling speed, all by a lift of the thumb. Pajero Sport helps you slot into the tightest spots, thanks to rear parking sensors and 360 degree view of the surrounding right on your 7 inch touchscreen. Other hosts of features include: Rain Sensing Wipers, DualZone Climate Control, Rear air conditioning and many more.

PERFORMANCE

Powering the Pajero Sport is the 2.4L Intercooled turbocharged DI-D which brings you the best of both worlds. For towing, or tricky terrain, you have 178 Bhp of power and 430 Nm of torque at your disposal with an electronically controlled 8-speed automatic with steering wheel paddle-shifters. The machine comes to life with a quick rush of power and before you know it you are already hitting triple digits on the speedometer.

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The transmission system has been designed to improve performance, efficiency and to get the most from the traction systems. There are more gears, with cleverly spaced ratios between them delivering a smooth ride. In lower gears, the ratio is greater to enhance acceleration. In higher gears, the ratios are shallower to improve economy and reduce transmission noise. In the twisties the Pajero Sport is nimble disguising its two tonne weight well. The steering wheel feels nicely weighted and responsive which helps it fly around the corners and it does this oh so smoothly, however the sheer height and the mass of the vehicle does result in a bit of body roll which is a given in full sized SUVs.

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On the offroading side however, the Pajero Sport is a beast, ripping through practically any terrain it encounters. The Super Select II 4WD with off-road Terrain Control System is immensely capable. Pair that with the Independent Double wishbone, coil springs with stabilizer bar on the front and 3-link coil springs with stabilizer bar rear suspension and ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels and active stability and traction control, hill descent control, hill start assist and what you get is a vehicle that is ready to face any sort of terrain head on.

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Mitsubishi has made no compromises when it comes to safety as this car comes with all the safety features one can think of, Pajero Sport surpasses the requirements for the 5 Star ANCAP Safety rating, the highest categoryfor safety. The car features Forward Collision Mitigation and Blind Spot Warning, Active Stability Control, Active Traction Control Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Multi-mode Anti-Lock Braking System, Adjustable Speed Limiter, 7 Airbags and much more.

VERDICT

The Pajero has been the weapon of choice among adventure enthusiasts for a long time now, and by the amount of time we spent with it, we can tell that the Pajero Sport is worthy to shoulder the heritage of its predecessors. It proves itself capable of donning the “Sport” name as it flies through the tarmac and cuts through the corners like butter. And when you take it to places where there are no roads, the Pajero Sport makes its own trails.

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What happens when Mitsubishi decides to make a car with a feature packed quality build, a fitting design, a powerful engine and a host of latest off-roading technology? You get a reliable machine that carries itself like a beauty on the asphalt and destroys everything on its path like a beast when it’s off the road. And to the potential customers looking for a proper SUV, we can safely say that with the Pajero Sport, Mitsubishi has hatched the right vehicle.

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