Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2,4 D4 4x4
By Rubin van Niekerk
I had the opportunity to experience the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport on a very tough off-road 4×4 track and the satisfaction of winning the off-road racing challenge with my co-driver Adam Ford! Hell hath no fury like dust covered off-road enthusiasts! Most satisfying, I confess.
The most notable change is the sophisticated car-like driving dynamics and a best-in-class 8-speed automatic transmission coupled to a marvellous highly responsive turbo diesel engine. A new Super Select 4-II 4WD system with advanced electronic assistance like Hill Descent Control and Off-Road Mode Control for superior traction is better than anything I have experienced yet. On steep embankments where you feel the car’s rear is about to forward-flip, the Pajero just quietly putters along while you just have to steer and stay calm. Once completed you step out like John Wayne and do a slight nod through slit eyes at your admiring audience!
In 1933 Mitsubishi launched the world’s first passenger vehicle with full-time four-wheel drive and 84 years later, Mitsubishi presented their new Pajero Sport. A luxurious purpose-built sport utility vehicle with refined driving dynamics that challenges many spacious and luxurious sedans, for far less than its peers.
Electronic assistance allows the driver to select either the Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand or Rock setting to suit surface conditions and optimise engine output, transmission settings and braking for superior traction. A lockable rear differential ensures great road holding under any conditions.
Pajero is synonymous with a soft drive and feel, a quiet cabin with very low levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), as well as modern styling. A commanding view is as ideal in traffic as in conquering any terrain, while built-in roof rails improve aerodynamics and directional stability at higher speeds.
LED driving lamps with auto levelling and DRLs, including a headlamp washer for the 4WD version and a LED high-mounted rear stop lamp on the tailgate provides more safety. Double wishbone coil springs with a stabiliser bar in the front and multi-link suspension with stabiliser bar in the back and a strong ladder-frame design absorbs high levels of NVH and gives a car-like ride.
A luxurious interior offers comfort and space with soft-feel leather seats and an electrically adjustable driver’s seat. A second row of seats offers a 60:40 split with tumble, reclining and sliding function while the third row of seats folds flat into the floor to maximise cargo space. Rear park distance control with a rear-view camera, dual automatic air conditioning, an electric parking brake and a multi-function leather steering wheel are just some items on the long list of standard features.
The Pajero is one of the safest sport utility vehicles available, with just about every conceivable standard electronic safety feature. Nothing in the 4WD segment matches it in terms of value for money.