Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has introduced a new variant of its Pajero Sport SUV. Called the Pajero Sport GL, it’s essentially a 2WD version of the seven-seater SUV that was launched mid last year (the original 4WD model is now officially known as the Pajero Sport GS). The GL is targetted to urban users who want the Pajero Sport’s macho image and substantial size, but not its off-road capability.

Without the GS’ Super Select 4WD system, the 1,935 kg GL is 105 kg lighter than its 4WD sister. Apart from that, the only other differences are rear drum brakes and 16-inch wheels as opposed to 17-inch items in the GS. The GL is powered by the same 2.5-litre commonrail diesel engine as the GS and Trition; the DOHC 16v unit makes 134 bhp and 314 Nm from 2,000 rpm. A four-speed INVECS-II automatic with manual mode does transmission duties.

From the outside, one can tell GL and GS apart by the former’s honeycomb grille design (chrome bars for the GS) and six-spoke rims. Oh, and the small ‘GL’ badge of course. Inside, the new variant comes with dark brown leather seats and trim (beige for GS) and does without faux wood inserts. Taking centrestage on the dashboard is an aftermarket 2-DIN stereo system with USB/iPod/Bluetooth connectivity. The Kenwood unit also incorporates a reverse camera. ABS, EBD and dual airbags are standard.

While the Pajero Sport is built on a rugged ladder frame, it’s more than just a Triton with a canopy. The pick-up truck’s rear leaf springs make way for 3-link coil spring rear suspension, so third row passengers won’t bounce like on trampolines. The GL is priced at RM145,467.80 (OTR without insurance), quite a bit cheaper than the RM158,609.80 GS.

At the event, MMM also announced the availability of genuine accesories for the Pajero Sport. Parts for sale are front and rear airdams, rear spoiler, cargo trays, scuff plate, mirror cover with LED indicator and rear garnish.

Official and live images from the event are after the jump.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GL live images
[zenphotopress number=999 album=1051]
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GL official images
[zenphotopress number=999 album=1052]