Mitsubishi recently unveiled the third generation of its Pajero Sport SUV. Basically an SUV version of the Triton pickup truck, it retains all the butch elements of the current vehicle but has been given the chrome treatment and a modern design to make the car contemporary. It also gets a new diesel engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The 2016 Pajero Sport gets the Japanese automaker’s new ‘Dynamic Shield’ grille. Quite an interesting element is the chrome outline for the entire fascia. It extends from the edges of the bumper to the base of the headlamps and has created a floating effect for all the elements contained within.
The style quotient is introduced by the lowered roofline which makes the car look sleeker yet equally muscular thanks to the heavily flared wheel arches and strong shoulder line. A visible feature is the tapering roofline which gives it a crossover-like stance. It has got a significant amount of rear overhang to add to its profile and when viewed from the rear-three-quarters, we can notice the forward leaning stance.
The 2016 Pajero Sport’s cabin gets all the usual goodies including climate control, touchscreen infotainment system and leather trim package. The overall layout is similar to the outgoing model but now gets a black and silver colour combination. On the practicality front, there are pockets sills and two cup holders between the front seats. Further, there is space under the armrest and in all probability has the media connectors for the infotainment system.
The interior trim is expected to be altered to a black and beige combination, something that sells well with the Indian consumers. One of the big USPs of this vehicle is space which like its predecessors, this new car has in oodles, thanks to the cavernous boot despite the third row being up.
This third generation Pajero Sport will be offered with a new 2.4-litre four-cylinder diesel engine producing 181bhp and 420Nm. It has been mated to an eight-speed AT and Mitsubishi’s Super Selected 4WD system in the AWD versions.
It may be displayed at the 2016 Auto Expo and will be launched in India by the middle of next year. We expect that it will be priced in the range of Rs 23 lakh to Rs 28 lakh here. Its competition includes the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and the soon-to-be-launched Chevrolet Trail Blazer.