MITSUBISHI’S new Pajero Sport has been slammed in to a barrier by ANCAP to come away with a five-star safety rating.

That’s better than the Challenger model it replaces, so it will be an important factor for potential buyers.

“The Pajero Sport is a significant safety improvement over the model it replaces and provides consumers in the large 4WD segment with another five-star choice,” ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin said.

The five-star ANCAP rating applies to all three variants of the Pajero Sport now on sale in Australia.

“The Pajero Sport introduces a host of new active safety features on the Exceed model, including Blind Spot Warning, Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System and a Multiaround Monitor, which will feature on a Mitsubishi model for the first time,” MMA CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said.

“We’re pleased to confirm that all models in the all-new Pajero Sport range have been recognised with a maximum fivestar ANCAP safety rating for their arrival in showrooms.”