Again based on the same platform as the Triton pick-up and claimed to be the "most sophisticated" model in its class with "cutting edge technology" at its disposal, the newcomer will initially be available with a single engine and gearbox option, with drive either going to the rear or all four wheels.
Incorporating the latest version of Mitsubishi's aggressive Dynamic Shield styling language, the Tokyo based automaker's rival to the segment dominating Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest uses the same 2.4-litre DI-D turbodiesel engine as the Triton, pumping out 133 kW and 430 Nm of torque.
Connected to a brand-new eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters, the Sport, in four-wheel drive guise, retains its low range 'box and SuperSelect 4-II system, but adds a new Off-Road mode with four settings; Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock, as well as Hill Descent Control and a lockable rear differential.
Claimed to offer a ride quality and handling similar to that of a big sedan, the big Mitsubishi once more uses a ladder-frame chassis, only this time with double-wishbone coil springs and a stabiliser bar at the front, with the rear consisting of a multi-link setup also with a stabiliser bar. Ground clearance is rated at 215 mm.
Like its predecessor, the new Sport features a seven-seat layout with a 60/40 split second row, with Mitsubishi claiming a total cargo capacity of 193-litres with all seats up, and 813-litres with the third row down. The second row can also be tilted forward, folded flat or slid with the third able to fold flat completely to improve luggage space.
The Sport's Triton DNA is evident in the interior too with the same layout and indeed touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB. Speaking of standard equipment, notable items include a six-speaker sound system, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, keyless entry, electrically adjustable driver's chair, a number of 12v power sockets, rain sense wipers, auto on/off lights, electrically folding mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Safety has also been stepped with Rear Park Distance Control and a reverse camera, Active Stability and Traction Control, six airbags, ABS with EBD, BAS and Brake Override all standard.
Pricing for the Pajero Sport kicks-off at R569 995 and extends to R599 995 for the 4WD. A three year / 100 000 km warranty and five year / 90 000 km service plan are standard on both model.