DRIVEN: 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

DRIVEN: 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

From its rich and sophisticated appeal to its off-road tech, the Pajero Sport is a vehicle that offers serious style, extreme comfort, perfect convenience, ultimate safety and a rugged “go anywhere”  and do just about anything ability. Starting from USD55,000 for the 4×2 Automatic this New Generation Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is unlike any other Sports Utility vehicle currently sold in Zimbabwe. It offers the discerning family SUV driver, with a love for adventure, the opportunity to enjoy a dynamic off-roader with exceptional cruising capabilities.

Nonetheless it’s not just stylish good looks and impressive capabilities which make the Pajero Sport what it is today. This is a Luxury, yet Sporty, SUV that is both packed to the brim with ergonomic design features and versatile in almost any circumstance. From its unique interior design to its electric parking brake with auto hold, the New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport provides everything a 21st-century driver will need to keep connected (including USB Connection Points). This is an SUV built around comfort, convenience and safety and it is now taking the Zimbabwean market by storm.

The Drive

The Pajero truly excelled at as we navigated through the leafy suburbs of Borrowdale. The vehicle is surefooted, well planted yet without seemingly being heavy. It is steady and there is no stumbling along. Although it has the dimensions of large 7-seater SUV, it actually behaves more like a sport sedan. The steering is on point, easy in tight parking lots and then firming up when you hit the highway thus ensuring a direct feel. The Pajero wafts along at speed, soft and compliant, lending you the feeling that you are piloting your favorite couch around town. Truth to be told the Sport in the name is there for a reason. When you usher it along it picks up its skirts and hustles, even becoming a little tail happy on wet corners.

Performance

The sportiness comes from the 2.4 litre in-line four, turbo diesel engine, pumping out 133kW and 430Nm. That power is sent through an 8-speed auto transmission and the Super Select II AWD system. This ensures that, even if the rear brakes traction momentarily in a wet corner, the system pulls it back in the blink of an eye. The power delivery is the most impressive. It’s linear with the gear ratios, this ensures the engine never sounds like it’s over revving, even when you are towing 2.7 ton’s unbraked or 750kg braked.

Interior

The Pajero Sport borders on all out luxury, featuring keyless entry, a power tailgate, rain sensing auto wipers, auto lights, auto dimming rearview mirror, sunroof, leather seats and a 3rd row that folds flat into the floor. As far as technology is concerned there is a 7” touchscreen infotainment featuring Apple Car Play and Android Auto controlled by a multi-function steering wheel that is height and reach adjustable as well as the standard Bluetooth and voice control for telephoning. There is also a compliment of USB ports and a 220v AC outlet for larger use.

Interior space is cavernous with legroom and space for 5 adults, as well as their luggage with the 3rd row down. Put the 3rd row up and your luggage space decreases to 131l, and it must be said that the third-row seating is really only usable by smaller people.

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is a vehicle that is built for everyday use, but it is also always ready to take you anywhere in style. All of its many interior and exterior Accessories and Features allude to this fact through their sheer opulence and refined functionality which effortlessly combine to make this one of the most exciting SUVs ever sold in Zimbabwe. Take a look at these remarkable Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Accessories which all come as standard in both the 4×2 and the 4×4 models:

Pajero Sport Interior Accessories

Multi-function Leather Steering Wheel

Bluetooth with Hands-free Voice Control

Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA)

8″ Touch Screen

Colour Digital Instrument Display

Automatic Dual-zone Air-conditioning with Rear Passenger Controls

Electric Windows

USB and Accessory Sockets (Dual USB at back)

Fully Trimmed Leather Interior

Power Plug 120Watt

Pajero Sport Exterior Accessories

Engine Hood Emblem

Tailgate Spoiler

Sidestep Garnish

18” Alloy Wheels

Please note that some Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Accessories and Features are model specific. The 4×2 Automatic Transmission Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the Adventurous 4×4 Automatic Transmission Mitsubishi Pajero Sport come standard with the same features. The Technology Filled 4×4 Automatic Transmission Exceed Mitsubishi Pajero Sport however comes with all of the above accessories PLUS:

Power Tilt & Sliding Sunroof

Remote Control Connectivity

Electronic Tailgate with Dual Kick Sensors

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Review

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Review

We’ve just got to say it! We just can’t keep in – Watch out Toyota Fortuna, the sturdy and vigorous Next-generation Pajero Sport is coming for you! We’ve never had the opportunity to review such a refined, more advanced, tougher SUV. One which is a great all-rounder and brilliant at anything you ask it to do that it has been designed for. Everything from its fearless off-road ability and engine power, to its fuel economy and build quality simply screams “I am the best!” which is why we cannot sing enough this vehicle’s praises. Even if you think we’re being a little melodramatic, we assure you that this is authentic. Let’s not beat around the bush. Let’s cut to the chase. Here are the reasons why we believe this is the Best Pajero ever built!

It Is A Refined-Looking SUV

This is not your mom’s SUV (although it does make an excellent family vehicle due to its size, comfort and safety), and it looks (and performs) the part of a rough and tumble off-roader. However, just a quick glance at the front and side views of this outstanding SUV will immediately tell you that this is one stylish looking vehicle , that puts lesser Sports Utility Vehicles to shame. Yes, it still has an aggressive nuance, but it will also fit quite nicely side by side any current luxury or sports vehicles.

Inside the Pajero Sport, while it is still rather manly in some ways, it is even more refined than the outside styling. Exquisite. In fact, it is utterly opulent thanks to the leather seating (which we are pleased to say comes as standard) and the fully trimmed leather interior (including an impressive and multifunctional Steering Wheel) which rounds off the luxurious look and feel of the entire cabin interior.

Safety Features

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is available in a range of eye-catching colours such as White Diamond, Sterling Silver, Graphite Grey. Its outstanding safety features are one of the many reasons why this SUV is as popular worldwide:

Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution

7 Airbags

ASTC (Active Stability and Traction Control)

ABS & EBD

BAS (Brake Assist System)

HSA (Hill Start Assist System)

Dusk Sensing Headlamps

Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers

Rear Park Distance Control

Rear View Camera

Pajero Sport Dimensions

Although a big SUV (just check out the impressive Dimensions below), the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is still surprisingly agile thanks to its great turning radius:

Dimensions

2700kg Towing Mass (Braked)

30º Approach Angle*

24.2º Departure Angle*

23.1º Ramp Breakover Angle*

*4X4 MODELS ONLY

It comes with Zimoco’s Warranty of 3 years or 100 000km. Contact Zimoco on 0242-885329/30 for a test drive

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