The facelifted Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has arrived in South Africa, with the local range now including a new Exceed flagship variant.

The Pajero Sport 4x2 is priced from R609 995 (up from pre-facelift figure of R589 995), while the Pajero Sport 4x4 Auto starts at R659 995 (likewise a R20k increase). The Pajero Sport Exceed, meanwhile, joins at the summit of the line-up, priced from R679 995 and effectively replacing the limited-edition Shogun.

As before, the Pajero Sport seats seven and competes with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest and Isuzu MU-X. Power again comes from the Japanese firm’s 2,4-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, offering an unchanged 133 kW and 430 N.m (either to the rear axle or all four wheels) via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

In addition to the exterior styling updates (which include new 18-inch alloy wheel designs, repositioned side steps and two new paint colours), Mitsubishi claims it has made improvements to the cabin, including freeing up more legroom and elbow space in certain areas. There’s an upgraded centre console plus soft-padded door and knee trim, too.

In addition, the company has rolled out a new eight-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality) as well as a fresh digital instrument display. Furthermore, all models gain additional USB and accessory sockets, plus a 220 AC 150 W power plug, as well as an electric parking brake with an auto-hold function. Other standard items across the range include automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.

So, what sets the new Exceed variant apart from its siblings? Well, Mitsubishi says it gains a tilt-and-slide sunroof, an electronically operated tailgate (with dual-kick sensors) and Mitsubishi Remote Control Connectivity.

All variants ship standard with a three-year/100 000 km warranty and a five-year/90 000 km service plan (with 10 000 km intervals).

Pricing:
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 4x2: R609 995
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 4x4: R659 995
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed: R679 995