Can the new Triton-based Pajero Sport challenge the status quo?
South African families love bakkie-based SUVs and we buy them in droves. Given our outdoor lifestyles, it’s hardly surprising considering these vehicles offer vast interior space (with seven-seat capability), rugged off-road potential and many of the mod-cons expected of a luxury vehicle. Kerb-side appeal and street cred certainly don’t hurt, either. The fact that this type of vehicle is less suited to the school run than a typical crossover is of little concern to buyers seeking one vehicle to “do it all”.
With the departure of General Motors and with it the Chevrolet Trailblazer, the choice of bakkie-based SUVs is now limited to the Toyota Fortuner (derived from the Hilux), Ford Everest (Ranger), the Mahindra Scorpio S10 (Pik-Up) and now the new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (Triton). With the Triton bakkie placing second in our big double-cab shootout, we had high expectations for this SUV version, especially as it is fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission (with low-range); a first in the segment.