The biggest change has been the introduction of the 2.5-litre common-rail turbo-diesel engine, which replaced the outgoing 3.2-litre unit.
The new, fresh powertrain offers 131kW of power and 400Nm of torque, so despite being downsized, the Pajero’s performance has been uprated.
There’s no denying this old horse is starting to show signs of ageing, particularly when pitted against its rivals.
But while the interior and styling may feel dated, the Mitsubishi does everything it’s supposed to and does so rather well. The improved ride refinement and proper off-road abilities mean the Pajero Sport isn’t shy to tackle the ruggedness Africa offers.
The full 4x4 system (including low range) will take you anywhere you dare, which - together with enough creature comforts to keep you content - makes this SUV a worthy companion.
Offering more than enough space, this full-size SUV features seven seats and luggage space of 1 149 litres with the third row of seats folded flat, meaning you can carry everything and the kitchen sink.
Mitsubishi has kept the pricing low as to remain the price leader in its segment. But you can’t help but wonder how many more times the brand will keep reapplying make-up to its old mule before taking it out back and retiring it.