Go.Play. is how HM intends to market the new Mitsubishi Pajero in India. With the 2.5L 16 valve Common Rail DI-D engine with a variable geometry turbocharger, powering the new Pajero Sport, it shouldn’t be that hard. The High-Power 4D56 diesel powerplant is good for maximum power of 178 PS at 4000 rpm and 400Nm torque in the 2000-2850 rev range. The 5 speed manual transmission box is what we expect the Pajero Sport to come with, at least initially.
Initially being launched as a CBU, Pajero Sport is priced at Rs. 23.53 lakh, ex-showroom New Delhi. For this price you also get Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4WD that lets you shift from 2H mode ( highway performance) to the 4H mode (traction, off road) without having to stop, up to a speed of 100km/h.
Double-wishbone front suspension with coil springs and a 3-link coil spring rear suspension, both with stabilizer bars working with the ladder-frame chassis endows it with the kind of off road ability that you associate with the brand ‘Pajero’. The rugged ladder-frame chassis is constructed with beams that are thinner, lighter steel while still providing all the strength of thicker beams, with less weight. Collapsible beads built into the frame absorb impact energy before it can reach the cabin interior.
Available as a seven seater, the utilitarian Pajero offers flexible seating design. 60:40 split foldable second row, and flat folding third row make hauling extra luggage easy.
Turning radius of 5.6m makes parking slightly easier. 16 inch ventilated discs up front complete the package. The new Pajero Sport will be available in six colors: Medium Red, Quartz Brown Metallic, Cool Silver Metallic, White Pearl, Black Mica and Eisen Gray Mica. Missing from the list is the Deep Blue Mica which we’ve seen look nothing less than stunning on the Outlander.