The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is yet to arrive in Malaysia, but in Indonesia, the Triton-based SUV is in its second phase. The seven-seater is now locally assembled in the Republic, and the new CKD variant will be sold alongside those imported from Thailand.

Local assembly at the new Cikarang plant brings savings and greater value, and the CKD Pajero Sport Dakar 4X2 Ultimate variant introduces plenty of new kit to the equation.

The active safety equipment list is particularly impressive for this type of car, with Forward Collision Mitigation System, Blind Spot Warning, Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System and Adaptive Cruise Control all standard along with seven airbags, five more than the five imported variants.

Also in is a nine-inch roof-mounted monitor that’s connected to the front 2-DIN head unit and audio system. Small but meaningful improvements include the addition of a door lock button on the driver’s door panel and illuminated power window switches. This variant has a beige interior with wood trim for a traditional luxury feel.

There’s also a tailgate spoiler, but the Pajero Sport’s striking exterior – with those “long-tail” signature rear lights and Dynamic Shield face (the Triton would look great with this fascia, don’t you think?) – is otherwise unchanged.

Also unchanged is the powertrain, which comprises a 2.4 litre MIVEC turbodiesel with 181 PS and 430 Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with steering paddle shifters. The Pajero Sport Dakar 4X2 Ultimate is priced at 549 million rupiah (RM178,401). This or the Toyota Fortuner?

GALLERY: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Dakar 4X2 Ultimate


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