Swapping the existing 3,2-litre diesel for a 2,5-litre might seem like a step backwards, but in the case of the Pajero Sport, it’s a positive move. The new common-rail turbodiesel 2,5 is more powerful than its predecessor, develops much more torque, and frankly during our test drive on the Highveld the difference was obvious. A bonus: better economy.
Power in the HP (high performance) 2,5 is up on the 3,2’s from 120 kW at 3 500 r/min to 131 kW at 4 000 r/min; torque now peaks at 400 N.m at 2 000 r/ min (up from 343). Those figures are for manual-transmission versions; the auto is restricted to 350 N.m.
Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4×4 system as featured on the company’s upscale models is standard, providing shift-on-the-fly ability between 2wd and 4wd. Besides high and low range there’s also a rear diff lock.
At the same time, specification levels have been upgraded to include such features as reversing camera and voice activated Bluetooth connectivity, but prices are unchanged.
Drivetrain: 2,5 four, Super Select 4×4
Transmission: 5A or 5M
Luggage space: up to 1 149 litres
Price: from R435 900
Maintenance: 5-year/ 90 000 km service plan