SEE | Here are rivals Mitsubishi's seven-seat Pajero Sport Exceed goes up against in SA

• Mitsubishi's Pajero Sport Exceed goes up against three rivals in SA.

• We list competitors from Toyota, Ford, and Isuzu.

• The Exceed is fitted with several additions as standard.

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Mitsubishi South Africa recently added a new model to its Pajero Sport range, called the Exceed. This special edition model implements the same 133kW/430Nm 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine as the rest of the line-up and is coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The entire Pajero Sport line-up is consists of 4x2 and 4x4 models, but the Exceed is fitted with the latter. The Exceed features several exterior updates, while on the interior it has, as standard, a sunroof, remote control connectivity, and an electric tailgate that can be opened by swiping your foot underneath the rear bumper.

Pricing

- Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 4x2 Auto: R609 995

- Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 4x4 Auto: R659 995

- Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed: R679 995

The new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has a three-year/100 000km manufacturer's warranty and a five-year/90 000km service plan. Service intervals are every 10 000km.


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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed

2020 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed (QuickPic)

Pajero Sport Exceed Rivals

Mistubishi's seven-seat Pajero Sport is up against several formidable rivals in South Africa. The Exceed 4x4, priced at R679 995, sits at the top of the three-model Pajero Sport line-up. It carries an R20 000 premium over the model it is based on, but also in the company of reckoned rivals.

The Fortuner, one of SA's most popular vehicles, is the Pajero Sport's most revered rival. Eight models make up the range, with pricing ranging from R520 900 to R753 900. Against the Pajero Sport Exceed, the Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 Epic Black 4x2 automatic (R683 500) is the Mitsubishi's closest rival in terms of price, but the Epic Black 4x4 is R70 400 more expensive than the 4x4. Regardless, the Fortuner is and will remain the most popular choice of the vehicles listed here.

READ: Mitsubishi adds Exceed model to updated Pajero Sport range

Ford's Everest is another popular choice among local buyers. Though it sells in fewer numbers than the Fortuner, it very often trumps both the Pajero Sport and Isuzu mu-X. Seven models make up the Everest range, all consisting of 4x2 and 4x4 models, powered by a variety of engine choices. The Everest 2.0 Bi-Turbo XLT automatic (R693 300) is priced closer to the Pajero Sport Exceed, but the 4WD variant will set you back R744 500. And if you want a special edition Everest, the Bi-Turbo 4WD Limited retails for R819 400.

For 2020, Isuzu refreshed its mu-X seven-seat SUV. Several updates to the exterior and interior gave the SUV a fresh leash on life, but mechanically everything remains unchanged. The vehicle is still powered by Isuzu's 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine, with a six-speed automatic gearbox sending power to either the rear wheels (R643 100) or all four tyres (R712 200). Only two models make up the line-up.