Mitsubishi will be launching the automatic transmission-equipped version of their Pajero Sport on the 15th of November and it will go toe-to-toe with some really formidable competition like the Toyota Fortuner and the Hyundai Santa Fe. We have outlined all the necessary facts about these 3 SUVs to help make your life easier while deciding which one to put on your driveway.
The soon to arrive Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Automatic will draw its power from a 2.5 litre, 4 cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that delivers a peak power output of 176 bhp and loads of torque. Coupled to it will be a 5 speed automatic gearbox. To keep costs from spiralling north, Mitsubishi will be putting this car on sale only as a 4x2 instead of as an all wheel drive. It must be noted that the manual version of this car is available with 4x4 as well.
Quite possibly, the biggest rivalry for the Pajero Sport Auto will come in the form of the Toyota Fortuner. This SUV looks extremely macho, can go over a lot of difficult terrain and is built very well too. The Fortuner performed really well in sales when it was released and now, after its facelift, there is even more reason to buy one. Pop the bonnet of the Fortuner and one will find a 3.0 litre, 4 cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine capable of pushing out 168 bhp. This engine is hooked up to a 5 speed automatic transmission. While the gearbox is not as smooth as we would have liked it to be, the Fortuner has a relaxed driving style that is actually an improvement over its previous version.
Another serious contender in this segment is the Hyundai Santa Fe. The previous generation Santa Fe had annoyingly plain looks but the new one blows one away with its stunning appearance. This vehicle gets a 2.2 litre, 4 cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that delivers 194 bhp which can be connected to either a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic gearbox. It is packed to the hilt with all sorts of gadgets and gizmos that can keep one occupied for hours as well. But all this goodness comes at a price, a rather high price. For not all that much more money, interested customers can actually get an Audi Q3S and we feel that that will be the only reason for the new Santa Fe, an excellent car overall, to not sell as much as it should.