Pajero Sport Patent Filing-01

The new Mitsubishi Triton has just been launched in Malaysia, a couple of months after it made its world debut in Thailand. Just like before, there will be a Pajero Sport based on the pick-up truck, and here’s a good early preview of the seven-seat SUV that will challenge the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest and Isuzu MU-X.

Unearthed by Gizmag, these patent filing images, which match earlier seen spyshots, tell us one important thing about the upcoming Pajero Sport – unlike before, it will come with a unique front end design not lifted from the Triton.

There’s a big lower intake framed by a border that also links the headlamps to the fog lamps. This is MMC’s new signature look as seen on the latest 2016 Outlander and also concept cars like the XR-PHEV. The elements inside the grille are horizontal, as opposed to the Triton’s vertical chrome teeth, and eat into the headlamp clusters. The face is quite striking, and somewhat reminds me of the latest Toyota Harrier’s.

Pajero Sport Patent Filing-05

No big surprise on the side profile, which has an upswept lower line of the greenhouse. The SUV’s rear contains wraparound tail lamp clusters with a “tail” that goes right down to the bottom edge of the tailgate, like a giant version of what Daihatsu did for the new Copen. A pretty good attempt at a bolder design to avoid the SUV from being tagged as a Triton with a canopy.

Our latest Mitsubishi Triton VGT is powered by a 2.5 litre variable geometry turbo engine with 178 PS and 400 Nm at 2,000 rpm, an improved version of the current 178 PS/350 Nm DI-D motor. The new 182 PS/430 Nm 2.4 litre engine that was launched with the Triton late last year in Thailand wasn’t brought it due to our lower quality diesel.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport spyshots