Comparing the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the Toyota Fortuner can be a difficult task, as both vehicles have a lot to offer. However, there are some key differences between the two that set the one apart from the other in terms of driving requirements, driving style and budget.
We all love the Mitsubishi Pajero with its seven leather seats and large wheels, its space and luxury features, all bought together by its rugged good looks.
The thing is you have a choice of two 4×2 and three 4×4 models, so which one is for you? They all have the excellent 2.4L DI-DC 8-speed A/T 4X2 engine that gives you 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm at 2500rpm, the same smooth 8-speed automatic transmission and so on.
Aspire – Mitsubishi’s two new limited edition badged Pajero Sport trim models come with the full set of luxury features, enhanced by stylish black trim all around. This was done to further enhance the major facelift the Pajero Sport received just over a year ago.
The Aspire models feature a black Dynamic Shield grille, black 18-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails and a choice of White Diamond and Jet Black two-tone colours. This matches nicely with the seven black leather seats, steering wheel and dashboard inside.
It is one of the iconic and most loved SUVs in the world, city slick with true off-road capability. The 2021 Both the Mitsubishi Pajero LWB and Sport are true head-turners, solid cars for drivers who demand power, build quality and performance. We all know someone who drives a Pajero, and many of them have driven the same one for many years. The Pajero has been around for a while. Do you know how long exactly? When was the first Mitsubishi Pajero made?
The brand-new offering from the Japanese automaker combines the versatility of an MPV with the sportiness of an SUV. The multi-purpose Mitsubishi Xpander is making waves in a hotly contested market and could become a South African favourite. It’s no surprise, really, as the Mitsubishi Xpander is not only more affordable than similar 7-seaters from other brands but it comes with features you might not expect at this price point.
The Chinese car market is the bigger elephant in the other room. We often speak of the size and importance of the Indian car market, but China is different. For one thing, it is the biggest car market in the world, having overtaken the States more than a decade ago. It also has a bigger focus on luxury and lifestyle vehicles than India.
Years ago you could get a sedan or station wagon, or a kombi. If you wanted to remotely bash any kind of bundu, you had to get a specialist offroader. Expensive to buy and run, clunky do drive, but it would get you there. Then two more classes of vehicles came along, around the 2000s. The people mover and the sports utility vehicle, or SUV. At first, the people movers were more popular, since they were cheaper, with as many seats as you could fit into a box on wheels. The old SUVs did not drive as well as a sedan and cost more than a people mover.
The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport deserves more credit as a serious contender in the bakkie-based SUV category which the Toyota Fortuner has topped for some time. However, the tides are turning as there’s a new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport with sharper looks and loads of new features. This news should whet the appetite of any motoring enthusiast wanting something a little different from the other options in the market.
In July 2020, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced its new three-year plan, aptly named ‘Small but Beautiful’. Mitsubishi has made their intentions clear as they aim to focus their resources on technology across core regions which also includes Africa.
The three-year ‘Small but Beautiful’ plan will concentrate on rationalising costs and enhancing overall profitability by implementing a good management foundation. Mitsubishi wants to see sustainable growth from fiscal 2020 to at least 2022.