2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport on sale in Australia from $45,000

Mitsubishi Australia has launched the 2016 Challenger, which receives a name change and is now called the Pajero Sport.

2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport-off road

The company is calling it the “most technically advanced off-road capable SUV” it has ever produced. Now that’s a pretty bold claim, considering the range of SUVs it has created in the past. Nonetheless, the company says the new model “combines the spaciousness and versatility of a full-size SUV”, while offer “genuine four-wheel drive ability” and “advanced powertrain technology”.

In Australia the Pajero Sport comes in three variants, spanning from the GLX, GLS, to the top Exceed. All versions are powered by a new 2.4-litre turbo-diesel – from the Triton – producing 133kW and 430Nm. It comes with a fresh eight-speed automatic on all models.

Fuel economy is rated at 8.0L/100km on the combined cycle for all variants, with all models coming with a Super Select II four-wheel drive system with four operating modes. Modes include 2H, 4H, 4HLc and 4LLc, with the latter two locking the centre differential.

Drivers can select between four different off-road driving modes as well – gravel, mud/snow, sand, and rock – with each altering the active traction control and automatic shift pattern, as well as the stability control in some modes to maximise off-road performance.

2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport-hill descent

As revealed earlier this year, the 2016 Pajero Sport showcases Mitsubishi’s latest design language incorporating the new-look “dynamic shield” front end. The interior has also been vastly updated over the outgoing Challenger, with the inclusion of a 7.0-inch touch-screen media interface offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Standard features across the board include digital radio, 18-inch alloy wheels, hill descent control, keyless entry and push-button start, trailer sway stability control, LED headlights, and a rear-view camera.

2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed-interior

The new model will officially go on sale in Australia on December 7. All models come with a five-year/100,000km warranty, and capped-price servicing. See below for the starting prices (excludes on-roads), and further below for the highlight features of each variant.

2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLX 2.4 auto – $45,000
2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLS 2.4 auto – $48,500
2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed 2.4 auto – $52,750

GLX:

  • Dynamic shield styling
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with 265/60R18 tyres
  • LED headlamps, DRLs and rear combination lamps
  • 2.4-litre MIVEC diesel engine
  • Emissions Standard: Euro 5
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Super Select II 4WD system
  • Off-road Terrain Control System
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Trailer Stability Assist
  • Emergency Stop Signal
  • ABS/EBD/EBA
  • Electric park brake
  • Speed sensing auto door locking
  • Keyless entry, push button start
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment
  • Auto A/C
  • Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA)
  • Digital radio (DAB)
  • Rear view camera
  • Reversing sensors

GLS (over and above GLX):

  • Differential lock
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Electrochromatic rear view mirror
  • Dual zone A/C
  • Leather interior trim

Exceed (over and above GLS):

  • Multi around Monitor System
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Forward Collision Mitigation
  • Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System
  • Heated front seats with power adjustment
  • 8-speaker audio
  • Rear seat entertainment system (DVD)