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Test: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport evolved in style, but it could have more price …

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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport now has the style of the new L200 (Photo: Disclosure)

Many readers are uncertain whether certain jeep vehicles can be called an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) or not. But no one would question Pajero Sport about that. The Mitsubishi utility has just been launched in a restyled version and has everything a traditional jeep can have: body on chassis, diesel engine and temporary 4X4 traction with reduced and rear differential lock.

In addition, it has passenger car comforts to justify the equally large price: R $ 318,990 in the HPE-S version. The Sport ended up surpassing the veteran Pajero Full in the price list, in which the larger model is quoted at R $ 275,990 in the turbodiesel version. Even the HPE version starts at R $ 291,990 and still has a R $ 8,000 option package with sunroof, adaptive cruise control and other items.

Not even a utility capable of tackling heavy trails can overcome an obstacle the size of the dollar’s appreciation. If it was launched for R $ 265,990 in April, it has now increased by more than R $ 50 thousand. With the difference you can buy a Chevrolet Onix zero.

Style cut by creases is typically Japanese (Photo: Disclosure)Style cut by creases is typically Japanese (Photo: Disclosure)

In conclusion, Sport has become the flagship of Mitsubishi and takes advantage over Full in points like the current style. The SUV now has huge auxiliary headlights in niches in the middle of the bumper. And the rear abandoned the LED taillights that extended to the bumper.

The design is more Japanese than the Jaspion and the visual language cut out by a thousand and one creases resembles the image of the Honda Fit and other more daring Japanese cars. Also new are the spoiler and the shark-type antenna.

Positive changes, however, capable of displeasing Mitsubishi’s loyal audience. The reason? The current generation of Pajero Sport was launched in Brazil just over a year ago. As the car was slow to arrive (it was launched abroad in 2015), it ended up that the out-of-synchronized life cycle hurt it in our market.

In the last Autoesporte test, we tested the pre-facelift jeep in mud, earth and stones. The entry (30 degrees) and exit angles (24.2 degrees) helped the Pajero Sport advance without fear even in the worst terrain .

Flashlights now no longer advance on the bumper (Photo: Disclosure)Flashlights now no longer advance on the bumper (Photo: Disclosure)

As before, there are four transmission options: 2H (rear), 4H (4X4 integral that can be used on low-adhesion floors, be it earth or asphalt), 4HLc (rough terrain) and 4LLc (reduced in pirambeira mode). In addition, there is an off-road selector for different floors (gravel, snow / mud, sand and rocks) and downhill speed control mechanism.

But how does it behave in the urban day to day? Great, very great. The obvious answer is this, no car in this category is withered. The chassis is of medium pickup, only the length is shorter: 4.87 meters, against 5.11 m of the L200. It is only three centimeters less than Full.

Although it has adopted a style closer to the brand’s crossovers, such as Outlander and Eclipse Cross, the Pajero Sport is aimed at that audience that wants something more robust, either to face bad terrain or even to shield. Think of it as a root SUV.

Internal finish does not bet much on soft parts, but it is good (Photo: Disclosure)Internal finish does not bet much on soft parts, but it is good (Photo: Disclosure)

The impression I have is that this type of utility is an ideal road cruiser for Brazil. After all, here we do not have that endless asphalt carpet that invites you to explore the country in a soft car.

Enjoying the tec-tec-tec in low of the turbodiesel engine and never having to go above 4 thousand rpm is another footprint. There are those who do not exchange this soundtrack for anything. The operation of the four cylinders is smooth and the vibrations are well isolated.

Performance is at an intermediate level between the slow SW4 and the fast Trailblazer, leaders of the segment in which the Pajero is found. Toyota goes from zero to 100 km / h in 12.6 seconds and Chevrolet does the same in 10.4 s. Mitsubishi spends 11.4 s in the race. Anyway, not bad for a two-ton (empty) vehicle.

Instrument board could be entirely digital (Photo: Disclosure)Instrument board could be entirely digital (Photo: Disclosure)

The eight-speed automatic gearbox manages to get the best out of the 2.4 of 190 hp and 43.9 kgfm at 2,500 rpm, it just owes some quick reductions on downhill. At least you can reinforce the engine brake through the fins on the steering wheel. The pieces are huge and resemble those of the Lancer Evolution. But remember that this is a jeep for regular rallies, WRC is not in the plans.

Resumes may be a little slower than on smaller ride models, however, they are light enough. The 60 to 100km / h recovery is left behind in 6.2 s, a smart number for the port.

The negative note goes to the braking. From 80 km / h to immobility, the Pajero Sport reached 30.2 m, at least three meters above a mark considered reasonable for its size. Toyota’s SUV can be worse: 31.5 m in the same test. Consider braking before or not getting so excited about the torque and power, since the total load of the Mitsubishi reaches 2.7 tons – which will stretch this length well.

New multimedia center has 9 inches, against 7 of the old (Photo: Disclosure)New multimedia center has 9 inches, against 7 of the old (Photo: Disclosure)

Another point that could improve a little is consumption. The averages of 9.3 km / l in the city and 11.4 km / l on the road are reasonable, after all, you can take a straight and run up to 775 km without stopping at a gas station. But the combined average of 10.3 km / l is less than the 11.3 km / l of the SW4.

Driving impressions are also subject to size. With that in mind, the Pajero Sport turns evenly with the rear-wheel drive option activated. The permanent integral mode helped on rainy days, where the force was transferred without skidding. Nothing that can be compared to a balanced crossover, but nothing far from SW4 and Trailblazer. The 18 rim wheels use Bridgestone 265/60 mixed-use tires.

In daily life, one of the points that dislikes in dynamics is the hydraulic steering. The assistance is heavy and does not match the level of technology in the set. The turning diameter of 11.6 m is consistent with the size. Sensors and reverse camera help to bring Pajero Sport into the spaces.

It is necessary to step a little harder for the auto hold to catch (Photo: Disclosure)It is necessary to step a little harder for the auto hold to catch (Photo: Disclosure)

The electronic parking brake is a great thing, but Auto Hold, a feature that automatically holds the brake at stops, could be applied more easily. I had to dig deep for the system to understand what I wanted.

The independent suspension at the front and a rigid axle at the rear is stiff. Nor could it be otherwise, as any system that is not adaptive will have to be firmer to handle massive weight shifts in curves, brakes and accelerations. The Pajero Sport is one of those types of vehicles that go through rough imperfections, but will shake the occupants a little on the way. The limit of resistance becomes you.

Soft front seats help to smooth out jolts. The seats have the armchair style, of those that you sink a little, but that offer good support. There is electrical adjustment; however, lumbar regulation was left out.

Automatic transmission is agile, but it could force stronger reductions (Photo: Disclosure)Automatic transmission is agile, but it could force stronger reductions (Photo: Disclosure)

The wide height and depth adjustments of the steering wheel help to get you in the position you want. As long as it’s high, of course. The instrument panel is not entirely digital – the fuel and temperature displays are on the sides of the screen – but it has good definition and a quick view. Even so, there could be a head-up display, an absence in this price range.

As for the environment, dark leather is soft to the touch. The upper part of the panel and doors could be softer or include more leather. In spite of this, the materials are good and the quality of construction, ditto. And the sunroof helps to clear things up.

Vital in the jeep jets, the interior space of the Pajero Sport is great. It is possible to accommodate five adults well and take two people up to 1.70 m in the third row. The limitation is more for the leg space than for the heads.

Access to the rear seats is complicated by the height of the car, that climb is inevitable in the class. But once inside, it is not uncomfortable for the little ones. As is normal in the seven places, the trunk varies in size. With all the seats in the raised position, they are 255 liters.

Access to the last bank is limited by height, however, space is reasonable (Photo: Disclosure)Access to the last bank is limited by height, however, space is reasonable (Photo: Disclosure)

Since I talked about comfort, the level of items is quite high, especially in the HPE-S version. In addition to those already mentioned, there is double digital air conditioning (with rear exits), high-fidelity sound system, button-free entry and departure and good connectivity.

The multimedia center is up to nine inches (two more than before) and could be a little more direct in commands. For example, I got a little confused when adjusting the sound equalization without taking off the media control screen. At least the graphics do not disappoint and there is compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the latter tested and approved. Dual USB ports on the front and rear passengers are also positive highlights.

And there is even a mobile application that lets you activate functions from a distance, such as the electric trunk lid. Everything is well connected, after all, those who like land can be adept at new technologies.

Trunk is reduced with the three rows in use (Photo: Disclosure)Trunk is reduced with the three rows in use (Photo: Disclosure)

Technological, Pajero Sport brings unthinkable items to Full. There is adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and blind spot sensor. And the unusual system of prevention of involuntary acceleration, which detects by sensors …

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