2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport pricing and specifications: Challenger replacement launches from $45,000 with segment firsts

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The all-new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has launched in Australia this week, ahead of going on sale to the pubic from next Monday. In addition to announcing a high level of safety equipment for the top-specification Exceed model, the entire Mitsubishi Pajero Sport range is bolstered by a five-star ANCAP safety rating, seven airbags and an impressive 3100kg braked towing capacity — the latter placing it ahead of the recently released Ford Everest and Toyota Fortuner. The model range includes three variants — GLX, GLS and Exceed — with the range starting from $45,000 (before on-road costs) and moving up to $48,500 for the mid-specification GLS and topping out at $52,750 for the flagship Exceed. The entire range is powered by the Triton ute’s Euro-5 compliant 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel that produces 133kW of power and 430Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission — a Mitsubishi first. Mitsubishi’s new gearbox helps reduce fuel consumption by 17 per cent compared with the Challenger, with the Pajero Sport claiming 8.0 litres per 100km across the range in comparison to the Challenger’s 9.8L/100km in automatic trim. The entire range comes with a four-wheel-drive system with four drive modes and a mode selection system. The car predominantly operates in two-wheel-drive mode until the driver selects a four-wheel-drive mode with both a high-range and low-range gearbox option available. While a centre differential lock comes standard, a rear differential lock is not available. Mitsubishi engineers have altered the Triton’s rear suspension setup by removing leaf springs and instead opting for a three-link coil-sprung rear. This move is in line with brands like Ford and Toyota, which have included a coil-sprung rear in their equivalent Everest and Fortuner. Technology is at the forefront of the Pajero Sport offering with all models featuring DAB+ digital radio, Android Auto and Apple Car Play, making this one of the most technologically advanced infotainment offerings in the segment. The range is available with six colours and comes with Mitsubishi’s five-year 100,000km new car warranty and servicing sits within 12 monthly or 15,000km intervals. GLX (priced from $45,000): Dynamic shield styling 18-inch alloy wheels with 265/60R18 tyres LED headlamps, DRLs and rear combination lamps 2.4-litre MIVEC diesel engine Emissions Standard: Euro 5 8-speed automatic transmission Super Select II 4WD system Off-road Terrain Control System Hill Descent Control Hill Start Assist Trailer Stability Assist Emergency Stop Signal ABS/EBD/EBA Electric park brake Speed sensing auto door locking Keyless entry, push button start Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment Auto A/C Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) Digital Radio (DAB) Rear view camera Reversing sensors GLS (over and above GLX) (priced from $48,500): Differential lock Dusk-sensing headlights Rain-sensing wipers Electrochromatic rear view mirror Dual zone A/C Leather interior trim Exceed (over and above GLS) (priced from $52,750): Multi-around Monitor System Blind-spot Warning Forward Collision Mitigation Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System Heated front seats with power adjustment Eight-speaker audio Rear seat entertainment system (DVD) More: Read our review of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport More: Read more about Pajero Sport’s five-star ANCAP safety rating More: Read more about Mitsubishi Pajero Sport’s safety technology