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Much to everyone's joy the 2020 model keeps the trademark taillights (we're joking), with the most significant change being in the front. The Sport has been brought into the family line more with the front end of an MR Triton moulded on. The drivetrain and engine stay the same 2.4-litre turbo diesel with eight-speed automatic, along with Super Select II continuing to be the traction aid of choice. The new model does, however, get an electric boot with hands-free capabilities, so you'll be able to look at those taillights even longer waiting for it to open. 

There are new two-tone 18-inch alloys and a slight interior update including an 8-inch LCD digital screen in place of the traditional dash. The Pajero Sport also receives an auto-hold and auto-apply parking brake when you shift into park. The main addition to the new Pajero Sport is something called Mitsubishi Remote Control. This will be an app that you have on your smartphone that gives you an array of abilities relating to your vehicle. It can provide reminders if you leave lights on or that the car is unlocked, as well as real-world information direct to your phone such as fuel economy, distance travelled and vehicle history. The app will also help you find your Pajero Sport faster being able to turn its headlamps on to locate it quicker. Mitsubishi haven't confirmed a definite release date for Australia with it likely to be early next year.

THE 2020 PAJERO SPORT HAS BEEN LAUNCHED IN THAILAND CONFIRMING SPECULATION THAT IT WOULD BE A MINOR UPDATE RATHER THAN A PRODUCT OVERHAUL.

2020 MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT FACELIFT

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Advanced dual speed winch technology for maximum strength and fast line retrieval

Two models available - 9,500lb & 12,000lb
2-in-1 wired and wireless remote control
Multiple control box mounting options 
High quality battery isolation switch 
Remote mount control box socket
Aluminium hawse fairlead
IP67 waterproof rating 
26m synthetic rope
Quiet operation

Now, it's reported that Mercedes-Benz is looking to phase out its first attempt at a dual-cab ute. This confusion, along with pricing problems, has proven to be the X-Class' downfall. However, one of the real issues they faced was the Nissan Navara comparison and stigma. The 250d X-Class was meant to pave the way before Mercedes released their big guns, but it had the reverse effect, showing consumers the Nissan underpinnings in a Mercedes. This idea meant that even with the massive changes undertaken to the 350d, customers have been reluctant to fork out the ‘premium' price tag for what they believe is just a Nissan underneath. After a split between the Nissan Mercedes manufacturing partnership earlier this year, it seems the days before the X-Class disappears could be numbered.

WHEN THE MERCEDES X-CLASS WAS ANNOUNCED, IT SEEMED TO PERPLEX THE MASSES, AND UNFORTUNATELY, THAT CONFUSION WAS NEVER SORTED.

AUF WIEDERSEHEN X-CLASS

The DongFeng Rich sits on the Navara platform and body and has traditionally been offered in petrol and diesel options, with the Rich 6 EV a recent edition.

Replacing the dinosaur ICE is a 68kWh battery pack providing the surprising figures of 199kW and 420Nm, this gives it a top speed of 110km/h and a declared range of 403km. It is claimed to have fast charge technology meaning it will go from empty to 80% capacity in 45 minutes. The DongFeng Rich 6 EV does, however, have a disappointingly low payload of 490kg when compared to ICE utes. The future is coming, with this development trend moving forward we will see even more electric utes, SUVs and even trucks reach the market. Hopefully by the time Tesla and Rivian start mass production on their EV pickups the Nissan DongFeng Rich 6 EV will be able to compete.

THE DONGFENG RICH 6 EV IS THE FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC PICKUP/UTE IN PRODUCTION. NOT RIVIAN OR TESLA BUT A CHINESE MANUFACTURER WITH SOME HELP FROM NISSAN.

A NAVARA BASED ELECTRIC UTE?

Kia Australia has confirmed that a Kia ute will be hitting our shores. The idea of Kia having a small lifestyle ute isn't crazy with Hyundai, their sister company, working on their Santa Cruz concept pickup. What is surprising is that apparently the Kia ute won't just be a lifestyle statement but a proper ute, supposedly shunning its sister companies’ underpinnings. Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer, Damian Meredith told CarsGuide "work has begun" on the ute and that they are "talking about a dual-cab, a single-cab -- what we've requested is the full gambit for the ute". Unfortunately, further details are quite sparse, apart from that the mysterious Kia ute will arrive around 2022 or 2023. So, while you wait for the Kia to arrive, you can wait in disappointment as Hyundai's small pickup won't be making any appearances in Australian showrooms. It has been unequivocally ruled out for the Australian market come to its release in 2021.

WE'RE NOT WILL FERRELL, AND WE DON'T SELL KIAS (IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED EASTBOUND AND DOWN DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR), BUT THOSE WHO DO WILL BE HAPPY WITH THIS NEWS.

KIA TO JOIN THE PARTY

Mitsubishi have announced the 2020 Pajero model line-up with the Exceed getting the chop bringing it to a two-model range, the GLX and GLS. This means some features previously reserved for the Exceed have been filtered down. The higher-spec GLS now receives handy smartphone mirroring and a Rockford Fosgate 12-speaker audio system. The GLX gets heated and electric front seats along with rear parking sensors, and dusk-sensing headlights. Both the GLS and GLX have a reversing camera, ESC and emergency brake assist but don't receive modern safety features such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) or adaptive cruise control. The same 3.2-litre turbo diesel remains in the Pajero, and it also gets to keep its five-speed automatic to go with it.

REFRESHED MAY BE A SLIGHT EXAGGERATION AND UNFORTUNATELY, THERE'S NO COMPLETELY NEW MODEL ON THE HORIZON, BUT MITSUBISHI HASN'T FORGOTTEN ABOUT THEIR MUCH-LOVED WORKHORSE.

2020 PAJERO REFUSES TO DIE

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2020 MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT FACELIFT

THE 2020 PAJERO SPORT HAS BEEN LAUNCHED IN THAILAND CONFIRMING SPECULATION THAT IT WOULD BE A MINOR UPDATE RATHER THAN A PRODUCT OVERHAUL.

Much to everyone's joy the 2020 model keeps the trademark taillights (we're joking), with the most significant change being in the front. The Sport has been brought into the family line more with the front end of an MR Triton moulded on. The drivetrain and engine stay the same 2.4-litre turbo diesel with eight-speed automatic, along with Super Select II continuing to be the traction aid of choice. The new model does, however, get an electric boot with hands-free capabilities, so you'll be able to look at those taillights even longer waiting for it to open. 

There are new two-tone 18-inch alloys and a slight interior update including an 8-inch LCD digital screen in place of the traditional dash. The Pajero Sport also receives an auto-hold and auto-apply parking brake when you shift into park. The main addition to the new Pajero Sport is something called Mitsubishi Remote Control. This will be an app that you have on your smartphone that gives you an array of abilities relating to your vehicle. It can provide reminders if you leave lights on or that the car is unlocked, as well as real-world information direct to your phone such as fuel economy, distance travelled and vehicle history. The app will also help you find your Pajero Sport faster being able to turn its headlamps on to locate it quicker. Mitsubishi haven't confirmed a definite release date for Australia with it likely to be early next year.

NEW VEHICLE NEWS: THE LATEST NEWS ON 4X4S YOU CARE ABOUT

SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT

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Advanced dual speed winch technology for maximum strength and fast line retrieval

Two models available - 9,500lb & 12,000lb
2-in-1 wired and wireless remote control
Multiple control box mounting options 
High quality battery isolation switch 
Remote mount control box socket
Aluminium hawse fairlead
IP67 waterproof rating 
26m synthetic rope
Quiet operation

AUF WIEDERSEHEN X-CLASS

WHEN THE MERCEDES X-CLASS WAS ANNOUNCED, IT SEEMED TO PERPLEX THE MASSES, AND UNFORTUNATELY, THAT CONFUSION WAS NEVER SORTED.

Now, it's reported that Mercedes-Benz is looking to phase out its first attempt at a dual-cab ute. This confusion, along with pricing problems, has proven to be the X-Class' downfall. However, one of the real issues they faced was the Nissan Navara comparison and stigma. The 250d X-Class was meant to pave the way before Mercedes released their big guns, but it had the reverse effect, showing consumers the Nissan underpinnings in a Mercedes. This idea meant that even with the massive changes undertaken to the 350d, customers have been reluctant to fork out the ‘premium' price tag for what they believe is just a Nissan underneath. After a split between the Nissan Mercedes manufacturing partnership earlier this year, it seems the days before the X-Class disappears could be numbered.

A NAVARA BASED ELECTRIC UTE?

THE DONGFENG RICH 6 EV IS THE FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC PICKUP/UTE IN PRODUCTION. NOT RIVIAN OR TESLA BUT A CHINESE MANUFACTURER WITH SOME HELP FROM NISSAN.

The DongFeng Rich sits on the Navara platform and body and has traditionally been offered in petrol and diesel options, with the Rich 6 EV a recent edition.

Replacing the dinosaur ICE is a 68kWh battery pack providing the surprising figures of 199kW and 420Nm, this gives it a top speed of 110km/h and a declared range of 403km. It is claimed to have fast charge technology meaning it will go from empty to 80% capacity in 45 minutes. The DongFeng Rich 6 EV does, however, have a disappointingly low payload of 490kg when compared to ICE utes. The future is coming, with this development trend moving forward we will see even more electric utes, SUVs and even trucks reach the market. Hopefully by the time Tesla and Rivian start mass production on their EV pickups the Nissan DongFeng Rich 6 EV will be able to compete.

KIA TO JOIN THE PARTY

WE'RE NOT WILL FERRELL, AND WE DON'T SELL KIAS (IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED EASTBOUND AND DOWN DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR), BUT THOSE WHO DO WILL BE HAPPY WITH THIS NEWS.

Kia Australia has confirmed that a Kia ute will be hitting our shores. The idea of Kia having a small lifestyle ute isn't crazy with Hyundai, their sister company, working on their Santa Cruz concept pickup. What is surprising is that apparently the Kia ute won't just be a lifestyle statement but a proper ute, supposedly shunning its sister companies’ underpinnings. Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer, Damian Meredith told CarsGuide "work has begun" on the ute and that they are "talking about a dual-cab, a single-cab -- what we've requested is the full gambit for the ute". Unfortunately, further details are quite sparse, apart from that the mysterious Kia ute will arrive around 2022 or 2023. So, while you wait for the Kia to arrive, you can wait in disappointment as Hyundai's small pickup won't be making any appearances in Australian showrooms. It has been unequivocally ruled out for the Australian market come to its release in 2021.

2020 PAJERO REFUSES TO DIE

REFRESHED MAY BE A SLIGHT EXAGGERATION AND UNFORTUNATELY, THERE'S NO COMPLETELY NEW MODEL ON THE HORIZON, BUT MITSUBISHI HASN'T FORGOTTEN ABOUT THEIR MUCH-LOVED WORKHORSE.

Mitsubishi have announced the 2020 Pajero model line-up with the Exceed getting the chop bringing it to a two-model range, the GLX and GLS. This means some features previously reserved for the Exceed have been filtered down. The higher-spec GLS now receives handy smartphone mirroring and a Rockford Fosgate 12-speaker audio system. The GLX gets heated and electric front seats along with rear parking sensors, and dusk-sensing headlights. Both the GLS and GLX have a reversing camera, ESC and emergency brake assist but don't receive modern safety features such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) or adaptive cruise control. The same 3.2-litre turbo diesel remains in the Pajero, and it also gets to keep its five-speed automatic to go with it.