Mitsubishi adds Aspire models to Pajero line-up

Mitsubishi commences Aspire nameplate rollout on Pajero models

Reuben Van Niekerk
Pajero Sport

The Aspire nameplate, although unknown to South Africans, represents a level of premium sportiness and technology in some of Mitsubishi’s key markets, including Australia. Mitsubishi Motors South Africa, which is planning an aggressive product rollout for 2022, will launch Aspire derivatives across its passenger vehicle line up, with the first being two Pajero Sport Aspire models.


Since first launching the Pajero Sport in 2022 and then adding the range topping Exceed to the line up, the Pajero Sport has proven to have great aspirational value. The limited edition Aspire models are set to further cement Mitsubishi’s position as the family vehicle of choice for the SA consumer. These models bring a new level of exclusivity to discerning customers looking at buying into the Mitsubishi way of life.


Available in both 4x2 and 4x4 guise, Aspire derivatives cater for customers who desire the traditional capability, versatility, durability and comfort of the Pajero Sport, but who also want to stand out from the crowd.


The Pajero Sport’s Dynamic Shield front grille gives it a stylish modern appearance. This is further complimented by strong yet flowing lines, rugged and desirable finishes and an unmistakable SUV character that demands attention on the road.


What makes it different?

Aspire derivatives are differentiated from the rest of the Pajero range by the fact that they are only available in Jet Black or White Diamond, with a two-tone roof. Black roof rails, a black front grille and 18-inch alloy wheels, also in black, complete the exclusive look.


Under the bonnet is the same Mitsubishi 2.4 litre MIVEC four-cylinder intercooled turbo diesel engine that offers 133kW and 430Nm. Power is transferred to the road via an advanced eight speed automatic transmission that ensures smooth acceleration as well as low rpm cruising, which aids in enhancing driving efficiency.


Ensuring that the off-road credentials for which the Pajero is well known and loved remain is Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4WD-II system, which delivers consistent performance in the most challenging driving conditions. Four selectable off-road modes include Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock, which ensure optimal engine output, transmission settings and braking for superior traction regardless of the surface.


Inside story

The seven-seater cabin of Aspire models features the same comfort and luxury as the rest of the Pajero range. Key features include black leather seats, power slide and reclining driver’s seat, power lumbar support, and dual-zone climate control amongst others.


A multi-function leather steering wheel places audio and cruise control settings at the drivers’ fingertips, while a full-colour digital instrument display ensures visibility of all the relevant information. Mitsubishi’s smartphone-link display allows for the mirroring of smartphone functions on to the large eight-inch touchscreen.


Safety comes standard

Aspire models boast the same impressive safety credentials as the rest of the Pajero line up, which includes Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution body construction.


Occupant safety is taken care of by seven airbags and Isofix child seat anchors. Active safety features include active stability and traction control, ABS brakes, EBD and Emergency Brake Assist.


Pricing and availability

All Mitsubishi Pajero Sport models are sold with a three-year/100 000km warranty and a five-year/90 000km service plan.


Pajero Sport 2.4L DI-DC (2WD) Aspire                          

R674 995

Pajero Sport 2.4L DI-DC 8AT (4WD) Aspire

R724 995


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