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Mitsubishi unveils 2020 Pajero Sport

Published : 28 Jul 2019 05:07 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 05:41 AM

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The facelifted Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has been revealed, ahead of its Australian introduction "in early 2020".

From the outside there's revisions to the front and rear fascias, with the face more in line with the updated Triton ute on which the Pajero Sport is based.

Key changes include revised headlights and fog-lights, a new grille, rejigged bumpers, and new alloy wheels, which all add together for a chunkier and more purposeful look.

The tail-lights get revised LED internals and now stop at the rear bumper, rather than extending into it like before. The reflectors are now integrated into the new rear skid plate treatment.

We can also see a roof-mounted rear spoiler on the vehicle shown in the images, adding a dash of sportiness.

Further changes have been made inside, headlined by a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with an available digital instrument cluster ahead of the driver.

Mitsubishi has refined the cabin ambience by adding more padded leatherette surfaces and refreshing the centre console, while there's a new AC power outlet alongside the USB port in the second row.

At the very back, the electric tailgate available on higher grades now has hands-free operation, via a foot motion sensor under the rear bumper or using the Mitsubishi smartphone app on the user's smartphone.

Speaking of the app, the available Mitsubishi Remote Control can remind the owner to lock the doors remotely when leaving the vehicle, setting the desired tailgate opening height, or opening/closing the tailgate automatically when approaching/leaving the vehicle.

Rounding out the upgrades is an enhanced safety assist suite, with lane change assist and rear ross-traffic alert available for the first time.

As before, the Pajero Sport is powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel shared with the Triton making 133kW and 430Nm, channeled through a selectable 4x4 system via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Mitsubishi says it has sold approximately 77,000 examples of the Pajero Sport during the 2018 Japanese fiscal year, with production taking place at the company's Laem Chabang plant in Thailand.