With the full-size Pajero now dead, the Triton-based Pajero Sport gets a range-wide update for 2022 that includes a sports-flavoured, blacked-out GSR model
The MY22 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has been unveiled in Australia and will arrive in dealerships this month, starting at $43,940 for the new entry-level GLX 2WD – the first time the Pajero Sport has been offered with rear-wheel drive in this country.
Also making its debut for 2022 is a new range-topping GSR variant, sitting slightly above the $1800-cheaper MY22 Exceed.
The Pajero Sport GSR can easily be identified from the rest of the range thanks to its plethora of black exterior accents including black 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, front grille, headlight garnish, and front and rear bumper garnishes. Available in just two colours – Black Mica and White Diamond (with a black roof) – the GSR also wears black Range Rover-style bonnet lettering.
Inside, the Pajero Sport GSR features a combination of synthetic and real leather upholstery and will be priced at $60,940 before on-road costs, though is currently being offered at $63,990 driveaway
Powertrain-wise, the GSR is identical to the rest of the range in offering Mitsubishi’s proven 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder that produces 133kW of power and 430Nm of torque.
The 2.4-litre engine is mated to Mitsubishi’s ‘Super Select’ 4WD system that offers four drive modes: 2WD high, full-time 4WD, and high- and low- range 4WD. Four off-road modes include gravel, mud/snow, sand and rock.
As for the new 2WD models, Mitsubishi will offer this rear-drive alternative in both GLX and GLS grades ($48,690 before on-road costs).
The base GLX comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as keyless entry, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital climate control, daytime running lights, a rear camera and rear parking sensors.
Stepping up into the Pajero Sport GLS brings seven seats, two-tone 18-inch alloys, navigation, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, a power tailgate, privacy glass, a six-speaker stereo and a rear differential lock.
The GLS Deluxe Edition includes leather-appointed upholstery, powered front seats and a 360-degree camera.
Next in the Pajero Sport hierarchy is the Exceed, which includes an 8.0-inch digital instrument display, heated front seats, remote tailgate, front parking sensors, Apple watch connectivity and a Mitsubishi Power sound system.
The GSR shares the Exceed’s spec level but garnishes it with black accents on the exterior including on the roof rails, alloy wheels, bumpers and grille.
Unlike many contemporary models that spread their safety systems right across the range, Mitsubishi only offers more comprehensive safety features on higher-spec models.
On the base GLX, the Pajero Sport offers front AEB, adaptive cruise control, electronic stability control, hill-start assist and trailer stability assist.
On Exceed and GSR models, the Pajero Sport receives a blind-spot warning system, lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, as well as what Mitsubishi calls Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation system (UMS).
All Pajero Sport models feature seven airbags, including a knee airbag for the driver.
In 2015, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating – scoring best in the frontal offset, side impact and pole tests.
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2022: prices in Australia
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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