Mitsubishi has given its Pajero Sport a solid update for the 2020 season. It has a facelift, improved lighting, a revised dash and console area, added comfort in the seats and clearer instrument and infotainment screens. Finally a powered tailgate on most models makes loading simpler.
The stylists have given the latest iteration of the Dynamic Shield styling, with the projector headlamps positioned outboard of the daytime running lights in a continuation of the grille. There’s a higher bonnet leading edge. The aim is to give a ‘Tuff’ look, something that’s important in this market segment.
The side step is mounted higher for better ground clearance, continuing the fact that the Pajero Sport is a genuine off-roader.
External visibility has been improved by moving the LED stop lamp away from the tail lamp.
Updated Pajero Sport rides on 18-inch alloy wheels, with a six twin-spoke design.
An 8-inch colour LCD (Exceed only) houses the speedometer, tachometer and other vehicle information displays.
The status of the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) is displayed in an easy-to-read format in the cluster for any chosen mode. It uses an 8-inch touchscreen monitor to offer entertainment, navigation and heads-free functions
The centre console has a more modern shape. Lower trays have been added to the dashboard forward of the shift lever and under the tunnel-type floor console, allowing access from both sides, giving improved utility and convenience.
An electric parking brake can be engaged or released using a switch on the centre console. While engaged, the vehicle will remain stationary, even if the driver takes their foot off the brake pedal. Cleverly, the parking brake can only be released if the driver has their foot on the brake pedal or the gear lever is in Park (P).
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (not available on Pajero Sport GLX) uses radar to accelerate, slow down or stop as it tracks the vehicle ahead. The system assists drivers to maintain a designated vehicle speed, as it maintains one of three designated vehicle separation distances.
New Pajero Sport is fitted for the first time with a Power Tailgate (not currently on GLX). A hands-free access uses an kick-motion sensor under the rear bumper to give hands-free automatic operation of the tailgate by kick motion.
Note the the Pajero Sport isn’t a variant of the standard Mitsubishi Pajero, but a vehicle in its own right.