2012 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport first drive

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2012 Mitsubishi Pajero first drive

Goes saying that Toyota everybody napping when launched the Fortuner, none so than HM-Mitusbishi. Not that the came out of the blue; it was hardly a that the SUV was India bound, it took so long was what an eyebrow.

And the other eyebrow it when pricing was revealed; at Rs it immediately put every other SUV in segment out of business and, as was to be Toyota found a million So many in fact that who have bookings are looking at 6-8 for delivery .

That was probably the wake-up call HM-Mitsubishi to stir it from its slumber. was a company sitting on a 24-carat but for years soldiered on with dated products both in the car and SUV segment, stubbornly refusing to innovate or excite. And sales accurately reflected the Indian abhorrence to anything old.

But are moving along. Token are being made to link the to its rallying heritage (this is the car dominates Indian Rallying, but how know that?).

In the Mitsubishi Sport, due in India in March the Fortuner will finally a rival.

And it starts with the ingredients as the Fortuner. The Pajero you see here isn’t even related to the Pajero or the Montero sold in India. Instead based on the Triton pick-up platform (the Hilux platform underpins the Fortuner) and is and built for the same (emerging) as the Fortuner – South East South America, Latin South Africa and Russia it was launched, at the Moscow Auto four years ago).

It is not even built in Japan, is the Triton/Pajero Sport’s mother and that’s where we joined a of Pajero owners on an off-road designed to demonstrate just how the SUV is.

But before we start off I get an opportunity to do a around the car and have to say this is a looking SUV. One of the reasons for the pick-up’s popularity is because it a very distinctive figure and the end of the Pajero Sport is similarly looking; it has Mitsubishi’s old family (seen on the old Outlander, not the new Evo-esque flanked by a set of attractive clear-lens with projector beams.

At the it sports a pair of slinky Romeo-esque tail lamps. In with the traditional SUV formula are strong haunches and the wheel are properly pumped up housing 16-inch wheels but thanks to the chassis it has a high riding set-up and the gap between the rear arches and the tyres is gapingly

The Pajero Sport doesn’t road presence and it can actually be handsome; even aggressive in sinister shade of black.

based on a rugged pick-up ladder frame chassis the Pajero Sport a rugged ability and you don’t even when faced with terrain or even slamming it a few potholes.

It runs a double set-up at the front with springs and a stabilizer bar while at the the Triton’s leaf springs been ditched in favour of a ride-quality-friendly three-link set-up coil springs and stabiliser And if the move away from springs had a detrimental impact on ability, well, I couldn’t

As you can see from the pictures the Pajero is very much in keeping Mitsubishi’s exalted off-road If you remember, a couple of years we took the Fortuner and its rivals on an expedition to Chikmagalaur and while we the Toyota to be superior in every the one area where the venerable still scored was off-road.

we didn’t have similar of slush, on this purpose-built course laid out at the Ruanpare park outside Bangkok, the Sport felt every bit as as its namesake, tackling steep heart-stopping declines and foot-deep ruts without so much as up a sweat.

Unlike the Fortuner, the Sport doesn’t have time four-wheel-drive, it uses the Select 4WD system similar to on the Indian Pajero which shifting between rear-wheel-drive and at speeds of up to 100kmph.

The centre differential can also be while on the move (not for highway cruising) which all wheels turn at same thereby sending torque to the with most traction and is effective on loose surfaces. into 4×4 low doubles the going to both axles giving terrific grunt to up steep slopes but it requires the vehicle, shifting to neutral and wrestling the short stubby lever all the way forward.

It is an old school a generation behind the fully Super Select 4WD II system on the Pajero and Montero, but a lot of the charm of a 4×4 SUV are these rugged that need a bit of muscle; a switch is a lot easier but where’s the in that?

Hardcore 4×4 can also get an optional locking differential that provides traction than the limited rear differential. Our Pajero didn’t have that but with the generous 215mm clearance and excellent axle she found traction and could going even with one hoisted in the air and the other scrabbling on loose sandy patches.

The Sport we drove had the 4M41 DI-D four-cylinder common-rail engine that develops of power and 351Nm of torque. the same unit as the Montero in and refinement is only average; with the windows up you do feel of the vibrations and brisk motoring a fair amount of engine and boom to creep into the

Performance is decent, 100kmph up in approximately 14.5 seconds but is blunted by the automatic transmission has only four speeds and a sport mode it isn’t quick to react. What the has is good bottom end grunt makes it relatively unstressed and the need to work the ’box

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The ladder frame chassis the Pajero Sport decidedly old driving dynamics. The suspension is under cornering there is a bit of body roll and understeer is present.

Steering feel is non-existent and she does get upset by imperfections but that’s no different how the Fortuner behaves. None of the in this segment like to be and the Pajero Sport doesn’t any new ground in its handling behaviour.

quality is plush and compliant and to the comfortable seats will mile munching very She also has good brakes discs at the front and 295mm at the rear); I did try some repeated braking and found no signs of brake fade.

In Thailand the Pajero Sport can be had with the 4D56 2.5-litre common-rail diesel (not to be with the current Pajero’s 2.8-litre IDI diesel) and HM-Mitsubishi are over getting this to India in an effort to keep in check.

However this develops only 140PS of And in Thailand the 2.5 doesn’t get 4WD and that be a problem – a Mitsubishi without will simply not wash customers. It could be a mistake to get engine to India particularly the rest of the SUV is just so promising.

And the extends to the interiors that are a generation, even two, of the current Indian Pajero. familiar with the inside of the will be at home in the Pajero the layout and design of the dash is and a lot of the parts including the steering with integrated controls for the stereo and cruise control are with the Outlander.

It’s loaded too with ABS, front airbags, electric leather, rear air-con and a screen navigation interface might not be de-specced for India the limited edition Cedia was the Indian vehicle with navigation).

There is no integrated and the Alpine head unit on the SUV we looked out of place but, the Outlander, Indian vehicles get a kicking Rockford Fosgate with a subwoofer in the boot.

The black and beige two-tone scheme together with leather upholstery looks and everything including the quality of is high quality. It’s a that looks and feels befitting its expected Rs 20 lakh tag.

The cabin is also as as the Fortuner’s with the driver and well catered for. It has rows of seats though, all SUVs in this segment, the row is fit only for children.

In the final everything depends on pricing and simply cannot afford to the Pajero Sport at a premium to the especially now with the cheaper 2WD available in the market. Expected to be here in March this the Pajero Sport will be imported from Thailand assembly operations to commence next year.


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