It’s been nearly three years since the latest Mitsubishi Pajero Sport was introduced in Thailand, and still Malaysia has yet to receive it. That could finally change as the pick-up-based SUV has been spotted by reader Acoi Al-Ameer at Puspakom Wangsa Maju, hinting at an impending local launch.

The vehicle in question appears to be a top-spec model, judging by the bi-LED headlights, lashings of chrome exterior trim and large 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels. There really isn’t much to be said about the Dynamic Shield face, vertical LED tail lights and mildly rejigged Triton interior, given that we’ve already written so much about them.

It should be noted that in other markets, the Pajero Sport is available with a Forward Collision Mitigation System (autonomous emergency braking), Blind Spot Warning and a Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System that protects against pedal misapplication. While we’re not sure if ours will have it, it’s not too far of a stretch, given that top-spec Triton models already have seven airbags and stability control.

Also already offered on the Triton is the 2.4 litre MIVEC turbodiesel engine making 181 hp and 430 Nm of torque, although the Aisin eight-speed automatic transmission is still only available on the Pajero Sport. The Super-Select 4WD-II full-time four-wheel drive system with an Off-road Mode and Hill Descent Control is also limited to the Pajero Sport.

GALLERY: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport in Indonesia