Lucky seven for Pajero?

THE PAJERO SPORT IS ONLY AVAILABLE WITH FIVE SEATS IN OZ, BUT THAT COULD SOON CHANGE.

Many pundits were surprised to find that Mitsubishi’s new Pajero Sport will only be available as a five-seat wagon. It was especially surprising because the Thai-built Pajero Sport is available with seven seats in markets outside of Australia.

The reason Australia misses out on the third row appears to be that the Pajero, as it stands, doesn’t include airbag protection for thirdrow passengers. This would have a negative effect on the vehicle’s ability to score a maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating, which the car currently has here.

The five-seat Pajero Sport has seven SRS airbags, including dual front SRS airbags, side and curtain SRS airbags, and a driver’s knee SRS airbag – but there’s nothing for anyone in the back.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMA) is believed to be looking at a means to fit the third row of seats to local models while retaining its five-star safety rating. This will mean adding side curtain airbags to the rear of the vehicle.

If you’ve scratched the Pajero Sport off your wish list due to its number of pews, then don’t give up on it just yet.

MMA is expected to make an announcement soon.