Mitsubishi Pajero Sport - car review

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Pajero Sport occupies an intermediate position in the Mitsubishi model range between Pajero and Pajero Pinin. The word “Sport” in the title means that this car was designed using the tremendous experience Mitsubishi has gained in rally competitions and is addressed primarily to people leading an active lifestyle. This five-door jeep with all-wheel drive confidently feels off-road and is distinguished by high maneuverability. Not only the name, but also the appearance of this SUV adjusts to the sporting way. The dynamic design of the front of the car: an aggressive bumper, grille and front fog lights talk about the strength and prestige of the car.

The slight curves of the lines of the body, emphasizing the flat surfaces of Pajero Sport, create a general effect of the harmony of the car with the outside world. This is what a real classic SUV should look like. High ground clearance, manly design, simple but elegant body create absolute confidence in the capabilities of this car.

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The first Mitsubishi Pajero Sport rolled off the assembly line in 1996. In 2000, the model was restyled. Instead of springs appeared more comfortable springs. Replacing the 2.4-liter gasoline engine came 3.0 V6. Changed the false grille and trim. Driving performance Pajero Sport is significantly different from the ordinary Pajero. First, high-speed engines, which implies a fun dynamic driving on public roads and not the best way to overcome off-road sections. Secondly, the suspension is much more collected, does not allow large rolls in corners and adds confidence when driving at high speeds.

At the same time, it is very energy-intensive and coolly absorbs the bumps in a bad road. Of course, off-road this car is also not bad, but this is not his element. Pajero Sport is an excellent choice for fans of large SUVs that can satisfy the sporting ambitions of its owner. The advantages of the car are the all-wheel drive system Easy Select 4WD with the ability to connect the front “bridge” at speeds up to 100 km / h (shutdown at any speed), rear hybrid self-locking differential (two automatic locks), independent torsion bar front suspension and durable frame chassis .

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All this, combined with a fairly low center of gravity, provide the Pajero Sport with excellent stability and controllability on high-speed routes and high throughput. At Pajero Sport, a wide range of measures are applied to ensure the active and passive safety of the vehicle. Two inflatable cushions, complementing the seat belts with inertia reels, are instantly filled with gas during a frontal impact and reduce the injuries to the driver and front passenger.

Plus, a perfect brake system (front brakes - ventilated discs, rear brakes), equipped with 4-channel ABS with electronic brake force distribution EBD and side bars in the doors. V6 petrol engine with a displacement of 3.0 liters and 177 hp allows you to accelerate the car to 175 km / h. An alternative to it is the in-line 2.5-liter 100-strong turbodiesel. The engines are equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox or 4-band adaptive “automatic” INVECS-II (Intelligent & Innovative Vehicle Control System). The premiere of the Pajero Sport 2010 model year was held at the Moscow Motor Show in 2009.

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The choice of location was not accidental - Mitsubishi demonstrated with this step its special relationship to the Russian automotive market. Indeed, in the 2007 fiscal year in Russia, about 100,000 Mitsubishi cars were sold. The car is presented in several markets, and under different names. In Russia, Southeast Asia, Oceania and the Middle East, it is implemented as Pajero Sport, in South America - as Montero Sport, in Latin America - as Nativa, and in Australia - as Challenger. In Europe and North America, the model will not be sold. Pajero Sport 2010 gained a more sporty and modern look, slightly increased in size and began to look much more solid.

The new SUV is larger than its predecessor - the length of the car is 4695 mm (4620 in the old model), width - 1815 mm (1775), height - 1800 mm (1730). As a result, the wheelbase has changed, now it is 2800 mm (2725). As a result, the increased size of the cabin has become more spacious and comfortable (especially for passengers in the back). There are two modifications of the cabin in the Pajero Sport: with three rows of seats (7 seats) or two (5 seats). The exterior of the car is made in a sporty and dynamic style. The process of landing in the salon has become even more convenient, thanks to the wide opening door.

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The bumpers, wheel arch extensions and side moldings have the same color as the body. Exterior details that have a silver color (edging fog lamps, steps) add nobility to the appearance of the car. Chrome tones of door handles and mirror fairings complete the look. Mirrors, by the way, are equipped with heating and electric drive - they can automatically fold after parking. Interior Pajero Sport is made in a neat and elegant style. For greater convenience, the cabin and the trunk are covered with a waterproof material, which is very convenient for outdoor enthusiasts. On the back of the couch added a third center headrest.

The design of the front panel has completely changed. In its design applied high-quality materials, including inserts that mimic the tree. Impressive display (available in some trim levels). Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is equipped with all-wheel drive Super Select 4WD with optional rear differential lock, which eliminates the difference between the speeds of rotation of the rear wheels.

The front suspension is independent, on dual parallel A-shaped levers, the rear suspension is three-link spring. The range of engines includes diesel engines with a system of direct fuel injection Common Rail volume of 2.5 liters (178l.s.) or 3.2 liters (163 hp) and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder gasoline unit 220 hp In Russia, they offer only one option - a 3.2-liter diesel engine producing 163 hp. at 3500 rpm and a maximum torque of 343 Nm at 2000 rpm. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission.

The automatic transmission is able to independently adapt to the particular driving style of the INVECS-II. It is possible to switch gears manually. The SUV is built on a new platform, based on a ladder-type frame, with increased resistance to bending and torsion (100% and 50%, respectively), which ensures good handling and reliability on any road surface. Suspension has not changed structurally (front - independent, rear - dependent). Front brakes - ventilated, larger diameter.

The rear gears are still drum. The ground clearance is 215 mm, the angle of inclination is 36 ° at the entrance, and 25 ° at the exit. The angle of lateral tilt is 45 °, and the maximum depth of the ford to be overcome is 600 mm. The series pleases off-road adventure lovers with high-quality steel bottom protection and impact resistant footboards. Pajero Sport is a respectable and convenient for everyday use car. It has excellent dynamics, unsurpassed characteristics, a cozy interior, excellent maneuverability and advanced security systems.

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