Mitsubishi lobs a competitor into the Everest market

Mitsubishi lobs a competitor into the Everest market

exterior_img_24Mitsubishi has unveiled its all-new mid-size SUV the Pajero Sport in Thailand today and says the vehicle will join its New Zealand vehicle line up early in 2016.

It will join the growing list of new-to-market ladder-chassis based SUV models such as the soon to be launched Ford Everest, and the Toyota Fortuner.

Initially only five-seat Pajero Sport models will join the local Mitsubishi range to replace the current luxury Challenger Exceed model (which has seven seats), says Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand head of sales and marketing strategy.

“There will be a seven seat version of the Pajero Sport available to global markets from the Thai factory,” says Cook. “But it will not be available on the initial shipments to New Zealand when we launch the Pajero Sport to market in the first quarter of 2016.”

“The seven seat versions will come to New Zealand, but I just cannot confirm timing at this point.” he says.

The Pajero Sport wears the new ‘dynamic shield’ face and it is powered by a 2.4 litre MIVEC turbo-diesel mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission – Mitsubishi’s first.

The power-train achieves exceptional economy and CO2 emissions of under 200 g/km says the manufacturer.

Mitsubishi says the Pajero Sport is loaded with active and passive safety features, such as the RISE (reinforced impact safety evolution) body design and seven airbags.

Active safety features include the blind spot warning system, forward collision mitigation braking, and four-camera all-round monitoring.

Significant advances to the Super-Select 4WD system include off-road mode, letting the driver dial in snow or rocks or gravel to achieve maximum traction, and hill descent control.

Cook says the new SUV will be sold in 90 countries but is tailor-made for New Zealand.

“With its off-road advancements the Pajero Sport will have major appeal for Kiwi drivers,” he says.

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