The latest model of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is currently in its third generation, and has been available for sale in Australia and some Asian countries since 2015, although India is yet to receive it. The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport premium SUV is now all ready to receive its mid-life cycle facelift. The refreshed new 2019 model of the SUV has been caught recently when the test prototype of the same was busy undergoing cold weather testing schedule in Sweden.
Going by the spy pictures, it seems that the new updated Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has borrowed some design cues from its pickup truck sibling Triton that was unveiled towards the end of 2018.
The Pajero Sport facelift continues to get underpinned by Mitsubishi’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ styling philosophy similar to that of the ongoing model. Nevertheless, the test prototype’s front radiator grille seems to have become more contemporary and slimmer, while the restyled headlights also look sleeker. Keeping in line with the new Mitsubishi lineup including the new Triton pickup truck, the upcoming refreshed Pajero Sport will be flaunting split-style headlights, which were spotted on the test prototype model.
Although much of the new design updates can’t be ascertained from the spied test mule, it seems like another important update will be at the SUV’s rear-end, as the company seems to have done away with the quirkily styled tail lights on the ongoing model. This can be safely said, as the protruding extended part at the lower-end of the SUV’s rear façade was not noticeable, and this could mean entirely new tail light design.
The spy pictures do tell that the upcoming refreshed Pajero Sport will be getting endowed with new LED graphics for its tail lights. The rear design of the vehicle get some more mild updates in the form of slightly redesigned rear bumper, while the actual model might come with few more noticeable cosmetic changes.
Mitsubishi is expected to update the cabin of the premium SUV as well, as it is the mid-life refresh. So, we can expect new seat upholstery, some new trims and a few added equipments.
Under the hood, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport facelift model is not likely to get any mechanical changes and will most likely continue to get powered by its 2.4 litre diesel motor that is good to deliver a maximum power output of 181 PS along with 430 Nm of top torque. This BSVI compliant engine gets paired with an 8 speed automatic transmission gearbox.
The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, which is selling in India is still in its previous-gen model and was launched back in 2012. So, this model is aging and is not at par with the rivals in its own class of premium body-on-frame in the Indian SUV market. The Pajero Sport in India is thus lacking in style, spunk and features compared to its competitors. No wonder that the SUV hasn’t found any takers in India in the last 6 months. We do hope that Mitsubishi soon launches the third generation Pajero Sport in its facelift avatar in India very soon.