Mitsubishi has gone full ‘Beast mode’ on the Pajero Sport for 2020, giving it a new, more Triton-esque face and jamming in a whole load of new equipment, as is the Mitsubishi tried-and-tested way. And, you know what? It works very well indeed.
So they’ve made the Pajero Sport look more like an angry robot out of a sci-fi movie?
Well, it hasn’t quite gone full-on Triton – rather, think of it as a more refined, urbane version of the Triton’s aggressive Transformer face. A larger grille, smaller headlights and new LED combination indicator/cornering light/fog lights bring the beast, while tweaks to bumpers and other exterior trim (plus the addition of a rear spoiler as standard) make the Sport look lower, wider and more squared-off than before.
The polarising tail lights have come in for a refresh too, with a bolder, squarer look that sees them looking far less like clocks in a Salvador Dali painting now.
The new bumpers make the Pajero Sport 40mm longer than before, but it has lost around 20kg, with a decent chunk of that coming from the new aluminium bonnet that shaves 7.8kg off its weight.
Shaving millimetres off here and there inside the Pajero Sport has seen an increase in interior width of 25.6mm, while storage space has also increased, but the big news inside is the all-new 8-inch multi-information display that replaces the traditional dials behind the steering wheel, which is its first appearance in a Mitsubishi.
Around town, it feels firmer – like a ute – and occasionally jarring over the likes of speed bumps, but is generally a very comfortable and effortless-feeling big thing.
And make no mistake – it is big. At close to 5 metres long the Pajero Sport faces the same parking challenges that the slightly longer Triton does, plus it is also now 30mm higher than the old model too.
Still, that doesn’t prevent it from being an eminently practical thing to live with, particularly thanks to its massive interior space that includes three rows of seats.
No-one ever really takes these things off road though, so what’s it actually like around town?
That is true, but it is nice to know that you can. Particularly if that off road ability is paired up with a comfortable and civilised on-road demeanour, as it is in the Pajero Sport.
The newly refreshed interior is a comfortable place, with wide, welcoming seats and pretty much every modern convenience you expect in a new vehicle.
While it is a big lad, the Pajero Sport is bristling with cameras and sensors to make life easier, including a 360 degree camera, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.
This all helps to make the Pajero Sport fairly effortless to live with on a daily basis, with its commanding seating position being a particular bonus in traffic, while its excellent adaptive cruise control also helps here.
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