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Mitsubishi Debuts Mid-Size SUV in Thailand

August 07, 2015

Photo: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
Photo: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced the premiere of the first full redesign of the Pajero Sport mid-size SUV in Thailand, where it is produced at Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co. Ltd.'sLaem Chabang Plant. Sales start in Thailand from this fall, and MMC plans to introduce the all-new Pajero Sport sequentially in Australia, the ASEAN nations, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Russia and, as with its predecessor, to sell the new model in some 90 countries.

The all-new Pajero Sport is powered by a 2.4L MIVEC turbo diesel engine. Mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission (first for a Mitsubishi model) developed for the all-new Pajero Sport, this powertrain returns a 17-percent improvement in fuel economy over its predecessor. It also achieves CO2 emissions of under 200 g/km which puts it into the lowest bracket of the new excise tax structure to be introduced in Thailand in January 2016, according to the automaker.

The all-new Pajero Sport comes with active and passive safety features. MMC's own RISE impact safety body design and a total of seven SRS airbags provide occupants with outstanding passive safety. Active safety features include Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM), the Blind Spot Warning system (BSW, a first on a Mitsubishi model) and the Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS). In addition the all-new Pajero Sport is fitted with other features, such as an electric parking brake (first on a Mitsubishi model), a Multi-around Monitor, and fully automatic climate control allowing different temperatures to be set for driver and front seat passenger, according to the automaker.

The all-new Pajero Sport uses a further-evolved version of MMC's own Super-Select 4WD-II four-wheel drive system. This is complemented by the new Off-road Mode (first on a Mitsubishi model), which gives even better all-terrain performance and stability as the road surface requires, and by Hill Descent Control (first on a Mitsubishi model). Together with its greater wading depth, all these features combine to provide the kind of bad road or flooded surface performance only to be found in the Pajero brand, according to the automaker.

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