Instead of discontinuation, the 2023 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is getting a new version. The company presented Aspire package that boosts appearance and overall impression about the SUV. Nevertheless, the Pajero Sport is not coming to the US. Mitsubishi Outlander is the flagship model for this part of the world.
Last year you could read that the company is planning to discontinue Pajero and Pajero Sport models. Slow sales and high expenses of development of new versions were the main reasons mentioned in several reports. The Japanese company gave the best response by adding a new package to the lineup.
The main market for the 2023 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport will still be Pacific Asia and Australia. The company is well-known in this part of the world and Pajero is a very competitive nameplate. Its smaller brother, Pajero Sport, might replace the legendary SUV for good if the company doesn’t bring the fifth-gen model soon.
2023 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Aspire
The current vehicle belongs to the second generation of the vehicle. The company launched it in 2015, and Pajero Sport was facelifted in 2020. So, the current styling will be there for another year or two. Minor changes and improvements can make the SUV better, but a newer infotainment system or 5 more ponies from the same engine can’t change the overall impression.
But, we can’t call the 2023 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Aspire a minor change. The styling package is coming with black parts – roof rails, front grille, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Also, new colors are available for the SUV – White Diamond and Jet Black. In both versions, the roof will be black. Inside, again, everything is darker. The Aspire model will be packed with more options, such as lumbar support for front seats, dual-zone climate control, leather steering wheel, and cruise control with drive modes. When it comes to the infotainment system, the SUV offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8-inch screen, voice controls, and three USB ports. The power outlet is also available as an optional upgrade.
2023 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Specs
The main powertrain for most markets will be a 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine. The MIVEC configuration can deliver 180 hp and 315 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is sending power to the 4×2 system, which is upgradeable to 4×4. Speaking of Aspire model, it also comes with four-wheel drive and the Super Select modes for off-road drive. Drivers can pick one of the following configurations: mud/snow, gravel, rock or sand. Plus, the locking rear differential is standard and improves the capabilities of the 2023 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
Optional drivetrain setups are available with a six-speed manual gearbox and a more potent configuration of a 2.4-liter engine. Also, a limited number of markets are going to offer a 3.0-liter petrol V6 engine. It can deliver 180 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. Still, fans in Pacific Asia are keener on oil burners.
Release Date and Prices
Without big changes, the cost of the 2023 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport will be the same. The company offers different variations and packages in each market. But, the most noteworthy version for the upcoming season is Aspire. According to reports, this model will appear in South Africa first, with the price tag of around $45,000. Higher-end versions will cost closer to $50,000 and the base Pajero Sport can save more than $10,000, converted to local currencies.
The vehicle will be out at dealerships by the end of 2022. In the foreseeable future, we will see a big redesign, and very likely the new generation of Pajero Sport. Meanwhile, the production of the Pajero SUV is put on hold. The market is recovering from the pandemic, so the vehicle might be back pretty soon. Some experts analyzed the possibility of the 2023 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport appearing in the United States. Well, that is very unlikely to happen. The company might explore the European market before they move to the main stage.