Sole distributor of Mitsubishi Motors in Nigeria, Massilia Motors Limited, unveiled in Lagos the third generation of Pajero Sport with an expectation to capture sales that have been halved by economic downturn.
Though, this is the first time the Sport Utility Vehicle is formally being launched in Nigeria, the distributor was optimistic that the car, which is seeing its first full redesign in seven years, boasts of features that would appeal to Nigerians and lead the mid-size SUV segment in the country.
The company’s Deputy Managing Director, Kunle Jaiyesimi, said the vehicle, expected to sell for N25 million inherited the best of the Mitsubishi DNA with a unique style and comfortable off-road SUV concept.
Paired to an 8-speed Automatic transmission (first for a Mitsubishi model), the 3L Pajero Sport GLS has a power train that returns 17 percent improvement in fuel economy over its predecessor and lower CO2 emission.
A rival to the pickup-based Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford Everest, Toyota Fortuner SUVs, the Pajero Sport may owe its underpinnings to the latest iteration of the L200 / Triton pickup truck.
While Mitsubishi said ground clearance increased by 13mm to 218mm, the car rides on a 2,800mm wheelbase retaining the same width of 1,815mm as its predecessor, but it is 90mm longer at 4,785mm and 35mm shorter in height at 1,805mm for the AWD model.