August 01, 2015: Mitsubishi has finally unveiled the new Pajero Sport/Challenger. This mid-size SUV adapts the company's new "Dynamic Shield" design which is evident in the front looks of the car. The front features new slender headlights with a thin strip of LED incorporated below the headlamps. The fog lamps are now located all the way down in the bumper. A neat chrome strip runs along the front headlamps and foglamps through the front grill giving the SUV a classic new look. From inside, the Pajero looks comfortable and well put. Equipped with leather seats, silver trim and a big center display for the information system above the glossy black instrument cluster, the cabin feels premium too. The car will be on sale by fall this year in Thailand. Shortly after that, the SUV will be sold in more than 90 countries. For the Indian market, it looks like the car will take another 10 months to make an appearance.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
|Sport Limited Edition||Diesel||Manual||2477cc
||11.5||13.5||178bhp @ 4000rpm|
|Sport 4X2 AT||Automatic||2477cc
||11.5||13.5||178bhp @ 4000rpm|
||11.5||13.5||178bhp @ 4000rpm|
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is a high performance sports utility vehicle developed by the Japanese automobile company. Now, it has officially rolled out a slightly modified version in the Indian automobile market to further boost its sales. This time, the manufacturer has introduced an automatic variant in its series, which is also equipped with the same 2.5-litre diesel engine. This power plant is capable of producing a maximum power of 175.56bhp along with a hammering torque output of 400Nm, which is rather impressive. The existing variant is available with five speed manual gear box option, while the newly launched trim is bestowed with an advanced automatic transmission gear box. On the hand, the manufacturer has made a few changes to the exteriors to give it a refining look. Its headlight cluster has received a minor tweak, which is powered by projector headlamps. However, its radiator grille gets a complete new design with expressive chrome strips that gives it an intimidating look. On the other hand, its side and rear profiles too received a minor tweak with chrome ORVM caps and wraparound taillight cluster. Its sides profile look quite attractive with chrome plated door handles and neatly carved wheel arches. Both the variants in this series have been fitted with 12 spoke design alloy wheels, which adds to its sport appeal. On the other hand, its interiors have been retained without any update to its design. It has an elegant cabin with dual tone color scheme, which gives it a plush appeal. This vehicle is extremely spacious from inside that can provide seating for a minimum of seven passengers. In terms of features, this updated version gets all the features from its outgoing model. It is incorporated with several advanced aspects like an air conditioning unit, a stylish instrument cluster, and a multifunctional steering wheel. However, the most important feature of this SUV is its super select 4WD system, which enables the driver to switch between four wheel drive and two wheel drive option. Interestingly, its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of just 5.6 meters, which is better than any other contender. The car maker has not given any update to its braking or suspension mechanism. It retains the same ventilated disc and drum braking system, which is assisted by ABS and EBD. As far as its safety features are concerned, this vehicle is bestowed with superior safety aspects including dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, central locking system and engine immobilizer. This vehicle has an rigid body structure featuring impact protection beams and crumple zones, which can deal with jolts caused in case of a collision. The automaker has placed this vehicle against the likes of Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Captiva, and Skoda Yeti in the Indian automobile market. On the other hand, it is available with a standard warranty of three years or 100000 kilometers, whichever comes first.
This series is arguably one of the most attractive SUVs available in the car market. Now, the automaker has made a few minor modifications to its exteriors, which gives it a refined look. Both the variants in this series have an aggressive front facade featuring reshaped headlight cluster with black surround. It is equipped with powerful projector headlamps along with turn indicators, which dazzles the front facade. The front windscreen is quite large, which is accompanied by a couple of intermittent wipers and washers. The bonnet is quite expressive owing to its expressive lines. This latest version is fitted with a redesigned radiator grille that is elegantly decorated with expressive chrome strips and company's insignia. Below this, the radiator grille too has been revamped with pronounced air dam and modified fog lamp console. It is further fitted with an aluminum protective cladding, which gives it a rugged look. The side profile remains mostly identical to its outgoing model. It has well molded wheel arch that are fitted a set of stylish multi-spoke design alloy wheels. It also has trendy features like black colored window frames including B and C pillars along with chrome plated door handles. The carmaker is offering the 4x2AT trim with chrome plated ORVM caps, which are incorporated with turn indicators. In addition to this, its doors have been decorated with model name sticker, which adds to its elegance. Furthermore, there is an aluminum foot step with rubber studs, which makes it convenient to ingress and egress. Its rear profile too remains to be similar to its earlier version but the AT version gets 4x2 badging in chrome. Its boot lid is quite expressive that houses a license plate console along with a chrome strip. Furthermore, it is also embedded with company's insignia, which emphasizes its SUV look. Its tail light cluster gets a minor tweak with black wraparound and is equipped with powerful brake light along with turn indicator. The rear bumper has a plain design but it is fitted with a body colored protective cladding along with a pair of courtesy lamps. Its windscreen is quite large, which is accompanied by a wiper along with a spoiler, which gives it a stylish look.
The overall length of this SUV is 4695mm and has a width of 1815mm. It comes with a total height of 1840mm, which offers sufficient head room to the passengers inside. The wheelbase of 2800mm is quite good and it has minimum ground clearance of 215mm. This vehicle has the gross and kerb weight of 2600 Kg and 1935 Kg respectively, while its minimum turning radius comes to 5.6 meters. However, its 4x4 trim has a maximum kerb weight of 2040 Kg and a total gross weight of 2650 KG.
Its interiors are done up elegantly and loaded with a lot of advanced features. The cabin is quite roomy that can accommodate seven people with ease. The dashboard houses a glove box compartment and a center console that is fitted with an audio unit. Meanwhile, the gear shift knob as well as steering wheel are now wrapped with premium quality leather upholstery. It has a multi mode center information display that includes a digital clock, outside temperature display, altimeter, calender, compass, speed and driving range besides displaying audio information. However, its newly introduced 4x2 AT trim also has a touchscreen infotainment system on center fascia, which supports navigation and provides touch controls for audio. There are wide and well cushioned seats arranged in three rows. It has sliding and reclining front seats that have lumbar support as well. While the second row sliding seats have 60:40 split folding facility along with tumble function. On the other hand, it has third row seats with 50:50 split folding facility. The sporty beige leather upholstery is used for covering these seats, which gives it a modish look. Other aspects like the combination meter cluster, inside door handles as well as lever type parking brake are garnished with chrome, while the wood finishing on door panels further gives it an appealing appearance. In addition to these, the cabin includes many utility based aspects. Some of these include a cargo floor box, assist grips, sun glass holder, two coat hangers, front door pockets to keep some smaller things at hand and a few other such aspects. There is also power outlet available on the console that is useful for charging mobile phones and other electronic devices.
This SUV series is blessed with a lot of comfort aspects that will give a relaxing and enjoyable driving experience to its passengers. Its smooth dashboard is equipped with an illuminated and lockable glove box compartment that comes with a USB port as well. It has a large floor console with storage box that looks quite elegant with wood finishing. This vehicle has all four power windows with anti-trapping function available on the driver's side. The second row seat comes with adjustable headrests and has center armrest along with cup holders. It has front sun visors with ticket holder on driver's side, while there is a vanity mirror with lid on the co-passenger's side. It is bestowed with an automatic air conditioning system, which cools the cabin instantly and creates a pleasant ambiance. Meanwhile, there is a manually operated air conditioning unit available for the rear passengers. Other than these, it includes bottle holders as well as armrest on all doors. The external rear view mirrors are power adjustable, which further adds to the comfort. Other aspects like cargo room lamp, removable can type ash tray, ignition key cylinder with illumination, cigarette lighter and needle punch carpets are available. One of the interesting aspects is the advanced music system that offers best in-car entertainment. It comes with a CD player along with six speakers that offer high quality sound experience. The controls of this unit are mounted on the steering wheel for the convenience of driver. In addition to these, it features door courtesy lamps, electric type tailgate opening function, keyless entry system, GPS navigation, front and rear room lamp, reverse camera as well as front door pockets are available, which adds to their convenience.
The manufacturer has designed this sports utility vehicle with a large cabin space. It comes with a seating capacity of seven people. It is built with a large wheelbase, which measures 2800mm and this indicates a sufficient leg room. Meanwhile, the head and shoulder space is also quite good, which makes the occupants feel more comfotable. It is incorporated with a centrally mounted fuel tank that is capable of holding around 70 litres of fuel in it, which is rather good for planning long drives. On the other hand, it is designed with a boot compartment of 1050 litres, which is impressive. This space can be further increased by folding the second and third row seats to bring in more luggage.
The car maker is offering its 4x4 version with a five speed manual transmission gearbox. This trim can reach a top speed in the range of 190 to 195 Kmph. In the meanwhile, it can break the 100 Kmph speed mark in just 11 seconds, which is rather good. On the other hand, its 4x2 version is bestowed with a 5-speed automatic transmission gearbox. This version can break the 100 Kmph speed mark in approximately 12 seconds and can go up to a top speed of 190 Kmph.
This model series is available with a commanding 2.5-litre diesel mill that has the displacement capacity of 2477cc. It is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. It has four cylinders that are further fitted with sixteen valves. This mill is integrated with a common rail direct injection system that helps in returning a decent fuel economy. This intercooled turbocharged power plant enables it to pump out a maximum power of 175.56bhp at 4000rpm, which is quite good. At the same time, it yields a peak torque output of 400Nm in the range of 2000 to 2500rpm, which is rather good considering the road and traffic conditions in India. This vehicle is offered with a two gear box options for the customers to select from, which are five speed manual as well as automatic transmission gear box that makes gear shifting quite easier.
The automaker is offering this model series with the same diesel power plant that has a common rail fuel injection technology. It is currently available with both manual and automatic transmission gearbox options for the buyers to choose from. Its manual version has the ability to produce a maximum mileage of 13.5 Kmpl on highways, which goes down to a minimum of 11.5 Kmpl under city traffic conditions. However, its automatic version can deliver a mileage in the range of 10 to 12 Kmpl.
Its diesel engine comprises of 4-cylinders that further have 16-valves and is based on a DOHC valve configuration. Both the manual and automatic versions have the ability to produce a maximum power of 175.56bhp that yields a commanding torque output of 400NM, which is rather good.
There is an advanced music available in this sports utility vehicle, which will enable its occupants to enjoy their favorite music while on their journey. It comes with a CD, MP3 player along with a port for USB connectivity. Furthermore, there are two tweeters as well six high quality speakers are present inside the cabin, which offers better sound experience. The controls of this audio unit are mounted on its power steering wheel, which makes it quite convenient for the driver while operating it. However, the newly introduced 4x4 AT trim is bestowed with an advanced touchscreen infotainment system that has an integrated navigator. It also provides touch controls for audio system, which adds to the convenience. On the other hand, the owners can further try to customize it with additional aspects to add to the comfort and style quotient. Some of the interior features include floor carpet mats, luggage tray, scuff plates with illumination, luggage mat and a few others. In terms of exteriors, the list includes nudge guard, stylish graphics, tail lamp garnish, roof rails, side skirts and moldings as well.
It is bestowed with a proficient suspension system that will help to keep it stable on any road conditions. The front axle is assembled with a double wishbone and there is a 3-link coil spring type of system used for the rear one. Both of them are further loaded with stabilizer bars that help it in dealing with jerks caused on uneven roads. On the other hand, the front wheels are equipped with 16 inch ventilated disc brakes and the rear end get a set of 16 inch ventilated drum-in-disc brakes, which are quite efficient and robust under any condition. All these are hydraulic operated with two circuits in front and split brake type at rear, which ensures prompt braking performance. This is further combined with anti-lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. These will further enhance the braking mechanism and keeps it under the control of driver even during sudden braking. A 'With on-demand 4WD' for sure traction, a torsion-resistant rigid ladder frame for improved stability and durable suspensions for maximum balance, even the most forbidding terrain can be taken on with confidence. This utility vehicle utilizes thinner, lighter steel beams that provide the strength equal to thicker beams with lower weight. Built within this frame, the beams help absorb collision energy, before it can reach the cabin, providing added protection to its occupants. This SUV is designed to climb over and around the most formidable terrain with utmost ease. It also has a remarkably tight 5.6 meter minimum turning radius, which gives the ability to maneuver and turn through smaller places easily.
The automaker has loaded this sports utility vehicle with many vital aspects that will offer protection to all its passengers and the vehicle as well. There are dual front SRS (supplemental restraint system) airbags offered, which minimizes the injury in the event of a collision. Its has an extra strong body construction that is built using high tensile steel at crucial locations, which makes it rigid. Another aspects is the electronic engine immobilizer, which prevents any unauthorized entry into the vehicle and protects it from theft. It also includes side impact protection beams and crumple zones, which helps it to absorb jolts caused in case of a collision. This vehicle is integrated with several advanced features like an anti lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution, three point ELR seat belts, collapsible steering column and anti intrusion brake pedals that further enhances the level of security.
This robust vehicle has its wheel arches fitted with a set of stylish 17 inch alloy wheels that are embedded with a logo of the company. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 265/65 R17, which offer an excellent grip on roads. In addition to this, it comes with a full size spare wheel that is fitted in the boot compartment along with all other tools, which are useful for changing a flat tyre.
1. Excellent performance on any terrain.
2. Engine torque and power output is very impressive.
3. Suspension and braking mechanisms are quite proficient.
4. Availability of many innovative features is a plus point.
5. Outstanding external appearance with various styling aspects.
1. Cost of ownership is expensive.
2. Interiors can be further made better
3. After sales service needs to improve.
4. Cost of maintenance is quite high.
5. A few more aspects can be still added.
|Sport Limited Edition |
|Sport 4X2 AT |
|Sport 4X4 |