The class of crossovers is very popular in Russia. These cars have good characteristics - high ground clearance, a spacious interior and a roomy trunk. But the trouble with many crossovers is that they are afraid of off-road. A lot of copies have the same cross-country ability as a conventional front-wheel drive sedan. But what if you want a modern, practical and reliable SUV?
Many opt for the new "Pajero-Sport". Owner reviews say that this car is still "old school" and is able to give odds to many jeeps from the 90s. Of course, the owners will not go off-road every day. Therefore, comfort, ergonomics and safety are far from the last factors that engineers paid attention to. So, what is the new Pajero-Sport? Owner reviews, all the cons, pluses, as well as a photo of the SUV - later in our article.
Mitsubishi-Pajero-Sport presentsa classic mid-size frame SUV with all-wheel drive. At the moment, the third generation of Pajero is being produced. The target audience is family people who appreciate practicality and love to go off-road. Unlike analogues, this car is able to show off-road more than the rest. For the first time, the third generation of Mitsubishi-Pajero-Sport SUVs was presented in 2015 at the auto show in Bangkok. Serial production of the machine continues to this day. The novelty is officially sold in Russia.
This model has been produced since the 90s. Since then, the design has changed significantly. The car does not even look like the previous generation. In front you can see a wide rectangular grille with pronounced honeycombs, strict xenon optics and a narrow radiator grille. All this is neatly decorated with broken chrome strips. At the bottom there are a pair of round foglights. Also note that chrome is present on the side mirrors, near the windows and on the door handles.
The profile of the SUV turned out to be strict and dynamic. This design will be relevant for many more years, by analogy with the tenth Lancer. According to reviews, the new Mitsubishi Pajero-Sport (the photo of the SUV is in our article) attracts the attention of many pedestrians and drivers in the stream, which cannot be said about other jeeps and crossovers of European origin.
The design of the rear is ambiguous. Some praise him, some don't. Indeed, the formrear lights turned out to be original. From the rear, the car looks more like an L200 pickup truck than a five-passenger SUV.
Pajero-Sport body and corrosion
Does the new Pajero-Sport rust? Owner reviews say that the Japanese failed to completely defeat corrosion. Unfortunately, mushrooms can also appear on the third generation of SUVs. Often corrosion is noticeable on the trunk lid. Owners who use the car in large cities suffer from reagents: the frame is quickly covered with rust at the welded joints. It cannot be said that the body is rotting, but mushrooms on a relatively new SUV will definitely not please. As for the quality of painting, the thickness of the paintwork is standard for the "Japanese": chips and various points may appear on the front. However, a similar picture is now observed on German SUVs.
As we said earlier, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is a mid-size SUV. The machine has standard dimensions for its class. The length of the body is 4.79 meters, width - 1.8, height - 1.82 meters. Unlike the second generation, the novelty has become a little longer and taller. The wheelbase is 2800 mm. At the same time, the car boasts an impressive ground clearance. Its value is 218 millimeters.
Pajero-Sport is really strong off-road. The car easily climbs steep hills and is able to overcome even 70 cm fords without an additional snorkel. Arrival angle - 30 degrees, exit - 24. But as the reviews say, the new "Mitsubishi-Pajero-Sport"diesel has a spare wheel under the bottom. It will be difficult to get to him. Saves only the fact that the jeep has a high ground clearance and a short rear light. By the way, the curb weight of the Japanese SUV is just over two tons.
Let's move inside the Japanese SUV. Immediately, we note that landing in the car is comfortable. Inside, the driver is greeted by a compact multifunction steering wheel with the possibility of adjustments and an informative instrument panel with an on-board computer. On the right side is a seven-inch multimedia screen. Below is the climate control unit. But no matter how they improved the new Pajero-Sport, negative reviews are still present. First of all, the owners scold the landing. Yes, it is tall and the visibility is excellent, but you need to get used to the seat. The back does not just go down, but back and down. The chair cushion also rises unusually.
As for the quality of finishing materials, the Japanese have tried here. The interior uses solid plastic with silver and glossy inserts. Noise isolation is also good. At a speed of 100 kilometers per hour, you can talk in a whisper. Despite the presence of a frame, there is a lot of free space inside. It is enough both in front and behind - note the reviews of the owners. The new "Pajero-Sport" has a comfortable three-seater sofa in the back. Also, the car can be understaffed with a third row of seats, which will fold. The sound quality deserves attention. Music plays great at all frequencies - reviews say.
If we talk about the classic five-seat version, it boasts a very roomy trunk. Its volume is 700 liters. In this case, the second row of seats can be transformed, forming a flat floor. As a result, the volume of the luggage compartment increases to an unimaginable 2.5 thousand liters. Such a voluminous trunk was made possible by moving the spare wheel. As we said, now it is located under the bottom.
Why is Pajero-Sport scolded?
As noted by the reviews, "Mitsubishi-Pajero-Sport" in the new body has a number of disadvantages. There are not so many disadvantages, but nevertheless we will list them:
- Very few niches and pockets. Nowhere to put your cell phone.
- Radio tape recorder can go astray. You have to poke the flash drive so that the head unit reads the music again.
- No quick scroll through songs.
- The steering wheel is only partially heated.
- Unnecessary notifications often appear. This is especially true for the tire pressure monitoring system. At the slightest error (and it occurs quite often), the system immediately informs the driver about the danger. In addition, the system will swear due to a malfunction of one of the sensors. And the cost of new ones is very high, the owners say. There is no way to turn off the system and you have to choose - listen to unpleasant sounds or fork out for a new pressure sensor. Also, the computer can get beeps when the washer fluid level is low.
The range of powertrains includes one petrol and one diesel engine. First things first.
So, the line of gasoline is represented by an atmospheric three-liter engine with a 24-valve timing mechanism that meets the Euro-5 standard. The maximum engine power is 209 horsepower. Torque at 4 thousand revolutions - 279 Nm. This power unit features an electronic timing control system.
Diesel unit with a volume of 2.4 liters develops a capacity of 181 horsepower. The engine has an aluminum block, a variable geometry turbine, direct injection and variable valve timing. All this gave a good increase in torque. Its value is 430 Nm. The peak of the moment falls on 2.5 thousand revolutions.
Now about the transmission. For the new Pajero-Sport, an automatic eight-speed gearbox with manual shifting was developed. Also in the car there are paddle shifters. The basic diesel version is on the mechanics. In addition, the Japanese SUV is equipped with a second-generation Super Select all-wheel drive transmission and a Torsen limited-slip differential. The latter is capable of distributing torque in a ratio of 40 to 60 for the front and rear axles, respectively. A significant plus is the presence of forced blocking. The car also has a traction control system that operates in four modes:
Control is carried out by a special washer, which is located on the central tunnel between the driver and front passenger.
Dynamics, flow rate
If we talk about the petrol version, "Pajero-Sport" accelerates to hundreds in 11.7 seconds. The maximum speed is 182 kilometers per hour. As for fuel consumption, according to passport data, the car spends 10.9 liters in mixed mode. But as the reviews of the owners of the new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport say, in reality the car eats about 12 liters. And in the city, the appetite even increases to 14.5 liters.
Now about the diesel version. According to reviews, the new Mitsubishi-Pajero-Sport diesel accelerates to hundreds in 11.4 seconds on the mechanics. The automatic versions are slightly slower. They reach this speed mark in 12.3 seconds. Fuel consumption pleases. In the city, the car spends 10 liters, on the highway - 8. And this is provided that the car itself weighs more than two tons.
Which motor is better to choose?
As the reviews say, the new "Pajero-Sport" diesel engine on the mechanics is ideal. The car accelerates well from the bottom, while consuming little fuel. Acceleration dynamics is no worse than the petrol version. Therefore, a 2.4-liter engine is optimal for Russian conditions. The main thing is to perform maintenance on time and refuel with high-quality fuel.
The Pajero-Sport SUV was built on the basis of the fifth generation L200 pickup truck. Therefore, the frame became the basis for the body. frontis an independent suspension with double wishbones. Behind there is a continuous bridge on helical springs. Steering - shortened, with hydraulic booster. Brakes are fully disc. In addition, there is an ABS system and brake force distribution.
How does the new Pajero-Sport behave on the go? Reviews say that the Japanese SUV has a very soft suspension. Despite the lower tire profile, the car perfectly fulfills bumps and swallows all the pits. Unlike the second generation, the rear end does not bounce here and the suspension does not break through - reviews say. The new "Pajero-Sport" began to respond better to the steering wheel and turn well into turns. Yes, it is still a massive SUV, but the rolls are now minimal compared to its predecessor, the owners note. The braking system deserves attention. The pedal can be precisely dosed effort. The handbrake is now electronic. It is very convenient in everyday use. But experienced jeepers say that this system will not be very reliable.
Cost and equipment
On the Russian market, this car is available in several trim levels:
The initial cost of the car is 2 million 200 thousand rubles. For this price, the buyer gets a diesel SUV with a manual transmission. Also, the "Invite" version includes the following options:
- heated front seats;
- 18 inchdiscs;
- simple audio system;
- fabric salon;
- two front airbags;
- ABS and stability control.
The Intense version is distinguished by an automatic transmission, seven airbags, a rain and light sensor, a heated steering wheel and rear seats. Among other features - start the engine with a button. For such a car, the dealer asks for 2 million 450 thousand rubles. A version with the same level of equipment, but with a gasoline engine costs 2,600,000 rubles.
Maximum equipment does not include a diesel engine. Only the petrol V-shaped "six" is available here. The cost of the top configuration "Pajero-Sport" is 2 million 800 thousand rubles. This price, in addition to the automatic transmission, includes:
- power front seats;
- leather interior;
- LED optics;
- signature music for 8 speakers;
- surround camera and lots of electronic assistants.
So, we reviewed the reviews of the new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and found out all its features. This car is a good choice for those who want to get not just a big car, but a real SUV, which is not scary once a week to go on vacation to the forest or to the river. The car has great potential. But you need to be able to choose the engine and box. According to reviews, the new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport with gasolineengine and automatic transmission is suitable for residents of large cities. If this is not a million-plus city, and you like to go out into nature, you definitely need to buy a diesel version on the mechanics. This car will serve faithfully for many years.