What Mitsubishi call “a more refined, powerful appearance” under the design brief of ‘Elevate Your Journey’ has seen changes made to the lower front fascia and the Dynamic Shield grille giving a chunkier appearance compared to the current model, with head and fog lights also adjusted: the latter repositioned entirely.
The rear fascia has been refreshed, too; now featuring shorter tail lights with reflectors moved to the lower skid plate.
New look alloy wheels have been added as part of the upgrade, but details are minimal at the moment, so what model grades of the Pajero Sport these and other features revealed so far will be offered on is yet to be confirmed.
Inside, the centre floor console has been redesigned, with a tray underneath that’s accessible from both front seats. A new AC outlet for second-row passengers has been added to the existing rear USB port on this console, with soft-padded interior door handles and other soft touch surfaces added, too.
The driver gets a new digital instrument display and the centre console screen is now an 8-inch Smartphone Link Display Audio screen that Mitsubishi are claiming is easier to read.
A power tailgate is another new addition, with hands-free operation and safety mechanism.
Optional for the upcoming model will be ‘Mitsubishi Remote Control’ that uses smartphone alerts to notify the driver when, for example, the vehicle has been left unlocked. This system can also be used to open the tailgate remotely, while a pre-set ‘reservation system’ can be programmed to open the tailgate whenever the driver approaches the vehicle and close it when they depart.
Improved safety tech includes the addition of Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert functions, but like other features revealed so far, what model grades these will be offered on is yet to be confirmed.
What is confirmed is that the updated Pajero Sport’s drivetrain will continue to be the MiVEC 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Super Select II 4WD also continues - presumably unchanged - for the facelifted model.
While Japanese market production of the Pajero is about to end, Thai manufacture of the Pajero Sport is still going strong and will continue with this upgrade.
Further details on the updated Pajero Sport will be announced closer to local release.