Mitsubishi Teases the 2020 Pajero Sport Ahead of the July 25 Debut

July 18th, 2019 by


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During the first few days of 2019, there was a refreshed version of Mitsubishi’s Pajero Sport SUV out. Working on a facelift model is almost complete as the Japanese manufacturer will reveal a heavily updated Pajero Sport in Thailand on July 25. The automaker has promised “further improvements to its design, convenience, comfort, and quality.”

The current model launched in 2015. It’s one of the strongest-selling utility-based SUVs on the market. It trails the best-selling Isuzu MU-X by just 500 sales year-to-date and has outsold the Ford Everest, Holden Trailblazer and the Toyota Fortuner.

The spy photos that were seen in January hinted at a significant visual improvement happening in the front of the vehicle, where a set of driving lamps will be right below the main bulbs. If this looks similar, is in part to what we know from the Eclipse Cross. Minor tweaks on the grille are something they are working on, and the teaser hints at some alterations to the bumper design which includes a C-shaped chrome trim for a bolder vision.

There’re no photos of the rear fascia available, but the rugged SUV is probably getting a redesigned taillights and some minor corrections to the rear bumper. That’s all that can be seen about the tweaked appearances so far. When it comes to powertrains, look for an updated version of the marque’s 2.4-liter turbodiesel.

Details about the new model are hard to come by. However, the new Triton can offer us some direction. Expect the updated Pajero Sport to get a more robust, slightly chunkier interpretation of the brand’s Dynamic Shield grille and tweaked headlight graphics.

Like the Triton, the new Pajero Sport should get a higher-quality interior. Also, have more active safety tech than the current car. With that said, the current range already offers autonomous emergency braking as standard. The top-spec cars have blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view monitor and a system designed to prevent wrong-pedal accidents at low speed.

The new Triton had a range of minor powertrain updates, which were designed to improve the refinement without having to squeeze out any extra power. Currently, the Pajero Sport is powered by a 2.4-liter turbo-diesel engine making 133kW and 430Nm. Don’t expect a lot of significant changes to the 2.4-liter diesel or eight-speed auto, though the Super-Select II 4WD system may get a tweak or two.

Australia CEO for Mitsubishi Motors, John Signoriello, confirmed the revised Pajero Sport would lob this year when discussing his company’s record sales performance in 2018. “This year we predict the new car market to be subdued, but we are looking forward to the new Triton sales commencing this month. We will have several special editions which we will be bringing to the market in the first quarter,” he said.

Reports have suggested that the Pajero Sport could return to the European market once the facelifted model is launched. No confirmation has been delivered yet, but it’s expected that the SUV will reach beyond the Far East and Australian regions, sometime in 2020. More news about Mitsubishi’s plans will come out when the 2020 model is shown later this month.

The Pajero Sport is a 4×4 SUV which is below the full-size Pajero off-roader, but it’s above the mid-size Outlander in the Mitsubishi’s SUV line-up. Replacing the Challenger in 2015, with its bold design language, the Pajero grew to include five to seven-seat variants. From the start, it had the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine as the Triton utility vehicle, sharing much of its underpinnings, along with its eight-speed torque converter automatic.

Prices range from $46,490 (plus destination fee) for the Pajero Sport GLX (4×4) 5 Seat to $54,490 (plus destination fee) for the Pajero Sport Exceed (4×4) 7 Seat.

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