THE Pajero Sport is based on the Triton ute that arrived early in 2015 and was a finalist at last year’s 4X4OTY.
Aside from the body and the coil-spring rear suspension, the notable change from the Triton is an eight-speed automatic in place of the Triton’s five-speed auto.
There’s no manual in the three-model range and all have Mitsubishi’s now unique Super Select 4x4 system that offers the functionality of full-time 4x4 but with the option of 4x2. Otherwise it’s Triton engine, Triton front suspension and a shortened and modified Triton ladder-frame chassis.
Our test vehicle was the Pajero Sport GLS. The more expensive Exceed gains autonomous braking, blind-spot monitoring, external view cameras and a rear DVD system. Below the GLS is the GXL, which loses the third-row seats but gains payload and luggage space.
The winner of the coveted 4X4 of the Year award will be announced at the Australian Motoring Awards (AMAs) on February 1.
The AMAs, to be held at Crown Casino in Melbourne, will also present the WhichCar Style award, the MOTOR Performance Car of the Year and the Wheels Car of the Year awards.
2017’s strong field of 4X4OTY contenders includes: Haval H9, Holden Colorado, Holden Trailblazer, Mercedes-Benz G300, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Land Cruiser 79 Series and the Volkswagen Amarok V6.
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