After being teased several days ago, the facelifted Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has finally been unveiled in Thailand. The ladder frame-based SUV, which is built at Mitsubishi Motors Thailand’s Laem Chabang plant, not only gets a styling update, but also improvements to its list of equipment.

Starting with the former, the model’s Dynamic Shield face has been updated to be more in line with the current Triton and Xpander. The grille now sports three thick, horizontal slats, and is flanked by reshaped bi-LED headlamps that are now trapezoidal in shape with a LED light bar near its base acting as daytime running lights. The revision also sees the fitment of a higher bonnet that gives the SUV a much bolder and wider look, which is further reinforced by the large fog lamp sections below the headlamps.

You’ll also notice the rugged “skid plate” at the bottom of the bumper has been replaced with something more elegant in appearance. This is also replicated in the rear, which also sees the long LED taillights benefit from a more distinctive lighting signature.

Other changes include the addition of a powered tailgate, which can be opened remotely via the key fob or the Mitsubishi Remote Control app. The fancier method works within Bluetooth range, and allows users to operate the tailgate using their smartphone, including setting it to automatically open or close when in close proximity. You even get a notification and the ability to lock the doors should you forget to do so as you’re walking away form the vehicle.

The latest Pajero Sport’s cabin remains largely similar to before, with updates being an eight-inch digital instrument cluster and a new eight-inch infotainment unit. There’s also soft-touch material on the door panels and centre console, while rear passengers have access to an AC power outlet in addition to the existing USB outlets.

Available equipment found on Thailand-spec cars include dual-zone climate control, a 12.1-inch widescreen monitor for rear-seat entertainment, 18-inch alloy wheels and optional accessories. That last bit includes a body kit, rugged bumper extensions, side steps, wheel arch fenders, a bonnet shield and logo script, a stainless steel exhaust tip and sportier wheels, driving video recorder and side sills, among other things.

As for safety and driver assistance features, the SUV gains Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) functions. This is an addition to other items like active cruise control, blind spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, an around-view monitor, hill descent control, hill start assist, vehicle stability control and seven airbags.

Under the bonnet, the 4N15 2.4 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine continues to be of service, and serves up 181 PS and 430 Nm of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is paired to the mill, with two- and four-wheel drive (Super-Select 4WD-II) available.

In Thailand, the new Pajero Sport is priced from 1.299 to 1.469 million baht (RM173,196 to RM195,862) for 2WD variants, while the 4WD version retails at 1.599 million baht (RM213,195).

2019 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (Thailand-spec)

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