All-new Pajero Sport arrives in 2016

All-new Pajero Sport arrives in 2016

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand says it is enthusiastically anticipating 2016 on two fronts, being a continuation of more than six-years of unabated dealer sales growth and the early January arrival of the all-new Pajero Sport SUV.

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand says the new Pajero Sport model inherits and builds upon the best of the Pajero’s engineering.

Every single month since January 2010, the brand’s dealers have eased more customers into their own new Mitsubishi than in the previous year’s equivalent month.

The imminent all-new Pajero Sport will further hasten the momentum, says Mitsubishi’s head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook.

“This is a premium new-generation SUV with luxury features complemented with a high-tech safety catalogue and class-leading all- terrain performance that stems from its Pajero heritage,” says Cook

“In every respect, this is one of Mitsubishi’s most advanced vehicles yet and one of the safest. We anticipate huge interest”.

In Mitsubishi’s SUV line-up, the Pajero Sport slots between Pajero and Outlander.

“While outwardly echoing its stablemates’ ‘dynamic shield’ front fascia design, this 5-star-safety-rated SUV sits in a class very much its own, matching refinement with edge technology in safety, economy, communications and 4WD systems,” says Cook.

The Pajero Sport incorporates many firsts for a Mitsubishi vehicle, such as its 8-speed auto transmission, hill descent control, blind spot warning system, off-road mode, electric parking brake and high T centre console.

Powering Pajero Sport is the 2.4-litre 437 Nm MIVEC turbodiesel, mated to the 8-speed automatic to achieve an optimal balance of power, fuel economy and quietness. Extra-low gears stand ready to inch confidently through difficult terrain.

The Pajero Sport achieves fuel consumption of 8L/100km economy: aiding in that objective is the ‘idle neutral control’, which automatically disengages the torque converter when the vehicle is stopped but the engine hasn’t.

Mitsubishi’s Super-Select 4WD system now has hill descent control and off-road mode that lets drivers dial in specific surfaces for maximum traction.

Tow capacity is up to 3,100 kg braked, with trailer stability control constantly on guard to minimise the risk of a poorly loaded trailer causing dangerous sway.

On the VRX models, active safety features include blind spot warning, forward collision mitigation and four-camera around view monitoring that gives a bird’s eye view of the vehicle’s perimeter.

Adding further safety is the ultrasonic mis-acceleration mitigation system that, when stationary or below 10km/h, detects obstructions and regulates engine power if by mistake the driver heavily depresses the accelerator.

While Pajero Sport’s built to keep its 18-inch wheels in close contact with the rocks, gravel or tarmac being negotiated by the driver, its fully-integrated communications system also keeps them constantly in touch with all conversations, music and map apps.

Whether iPhone or Android is preferred, the Smartphone link display audio helps occupants stay connected. It allows Android Auto or Apple CarPlay to run through the car’s display audio screen, presenting a familiar Smartphone interface. Phone calls, music, navigation (with maps always up to date) and messages all appear on the 7- inch display screen.

Bluetooth functions include listening to calls, messages, and SMS text hands-free and it also plays content stored on USB and HDMI devices.

Recommended retail prices (plus on-road costs) for the 2016 Pajero Sport are as follows:

  • XLS $58,990
  • VRX $63,990
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