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Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has launched the enhanced Mitsubishi Pajero Sport VGT (4WD) and Pajero Sport GL (2WD) in the country. The event took place at Oasis Square, Ara Damansara this evening.

The enhanced Mitsubishi Pajero Sport VGT is powered by the VGT-equipped 2.5 litre four-cylinder common-rail turbodiesel. The engine produces 178 PS at 4,000 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 3,500 rpm.

The GL’s motor, although still turbocharged, does without variable geometry to develop 136 PS at 3,500 rpm and 314 Nm at 2,000 rpm. Transmission for the VGT is handled by a five-speed INVECS-II auto; that for the GL by a four-speed INVECS-II auto.

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Both enhanced Pajero Sport variants ride on a double wishbone setup up front and a three-link setup out back; both with stabilisers. Brakes are ventilated discs up front and drum-in-discs out back. The VGT tips the scales at 2,040 kg; the GL at 1,895 kg.

The VGT’s Super Select 4WD (SS4) allows the driver to select between 2WD High, 4WD High, 4WD High with locked centre diff and 4WD Low with locked centre diff modes. The transfer case selector is located beside the gear lever. In the GL, which doesn’t have four-wheel drive, this is replaced by a deep storage cubbyhole.

Both get a new front bumper and double-bar grille. Alloys are 265/65 R17s on the VGT and 245/70 R16s on the GL. The new variants also come with white turn signal tail lamps, colour-keyed side mirrors with indicators, an integrated side step and roof rails.

The VGT gets magnesium shift paddles, a Hybrid limited-slip diff, a rear spoiler and security tinting, all of which are not offered on the GL. Standard safety kit includes ABS, EBD, dual airbags, RISE body, safety brake pedal and side impact bars.

Inside both you’ll find leather seats (Nappa on VGT) and an RV meter which displays data such as range, average speed and fuel consumption. The VGT’s instrument panel, floor console and doors are trimmed in silver and wood print; on the GL they’re trimmed in silver and black carbon print. There are seven seats – second row folds 60:40 while third row folds 50:50.

Standard on both are auto rain and light sensors, auto climate control for the front row, cruise control, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, reverse camera and a 2-DIN touch-screen system (with navigation on VGT).

Available colours are White Pearl, Quartz Brown Metallic, Cool Silver Metallic and Black Mica. Both variants are offered with two years’ free maintenance and a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage.

Accessories offered on both variants are a scuff plate (RM300), cargo tray (RM250), tonneau cover (RM1,100), rear garnish (RM900) and a rear spoiler (RM750). The first three items can be had in a single package for RM1,299. Prices include installation.

The enhanced Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GL is priced at RM155,500 while the Pajero Sport VGT is priced at RM176,980. Prices are on-the-road including insurance.