2019 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport debuts – new look, kit

After being teased several days ago, the facelifted Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has finally been unveiled in Thailand. The ladder frame-based SUV, which is built at Mitsubishi Motors Thailand’s Laem Chabang plant, not only gets a styling update, but also improvements to its list of equipment.

Starting with the former, the model’s Dynamic Shield face has been updated to be more in line with the current Triton and Xpander. The grille now sports three thick, horizontal slats, and is flanked by reshaped headlamps that are now trapezoidal in shape with a LED light bar near its base acting as daytime running lights. The revision also sees the fitment of a higher bonnet that gives the SUV a much bolder and wider look, which is further reinforced by the large fog lamp sections below the headlamps.

You’ll also notice the rugged “skid plate” at the bottom of the bumper has been replaced with something more elegant in appearance. This is also replicated in the rear, which also sees the long taillights benefit from a more distinctive lighting signature.

Other changes include the addition of a powered tailgate, which can be opened remotely via the key fob or the Mitsubishi Remote Control app. The fancier method works within Bluetooth range, and allows users to operate the tailgate using their smartphone, including setting it to automatically open or close when in close proximity. You even get a notification and the ability to lock the doors should you forget to do so as you’re walking away form the vehicle.

The latest Pajero Sport’s cabin remains largely similar to before, with updates being an eight-inch digital instrument cluster and a new eight-inch infotainment unit. There’s also soft-touch material used for the door handles and a refreshed floor console, while rear passengers have access to an AC power outlet in addition to the existing USB outlets. As for safety features, the SUV gains Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) functions.

Under the bonnet, the 4N15 2.4 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine continues to be of service, and should serve up 181 PS and 430 Nm of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is paired to the mill, with two- and four-wheel drive (Super-Select 4WD-II) available.

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