MITSUBISHI has added seven-seat options to its 2016 Pajero range.
The long-overdue update sees the mid-spec Pajero Sport GLS and top-spec Exceed gain extra seating as standard – the base-spec GLX remains a five-seat model.
This move sees Mitsubishi enter the competitive seven-seat SUV segment occupied by the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest and budget-priced Haval H9. And it follows recent news where Volkswagen hinted at the idea of a Amarok based seven-seat wagon.
In addition to the extra seating the 4x4 will gain the necessary safety enhancements, including curtain airbags that cover the length of the cabin. Seven airbags – driver and front passenger, side, side curtain and driver’s knee – are standard.
Mitsubishi claim the additional seats don’t impede on rear cargo space, as the third row seating can fold forward to create a large, flat area. While a cargo box fits neatly under the floor behind the last pew.
It’s also good news for us non-yoga folk, as the 60:40 second-row seating implements a fold-and-tumble function for easy access to the third row.
The Pajero Sport range has received no mechanical changes. The 2.4-litre turbo-diesel engine (133kW/430Nm) remains mated to the eight-speed auto transmission. Mitsubishi’s Super Select II four-wheel drive system is also carried over.
Despite the change, recommend retail pricing remains the same (Sport GLX, $45,000; Sport GLS, $48,500; Exceed, $52,750).
The seven-seat Pajero range is available to order now from Mitsubishi dealers Australia-wide.