The 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has been updated this week, finally adding a seven-seat option to the family off-roader's range.

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Confirming our exclusive report, the updated Pajero Sport now features a seven-seat layout in high-spec grades.

Customers wanting seven seats will need to opt for the mid-range GLS variant or top-spec Exceed, as the base GLX remains a five-seat-only proposition.

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The seven-seat Pajero Sport maintains the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating of the five-seat model, thanks to its standard suite of seven airbags, including curtain inflators that extend the length of the cabin.

The new third row of seating can be folded flat into the floor, with a cargo box fitted under the floor behind the extra seats for extra storage.

Allowing easier access to the third row, the second row of seats feature a fold and tumble function.

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The addition of a seven-seat layout makes the Pajero Sport a more versatile option in the competitive family off-roader segment, against three-row rivals like the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest.

All models come equipped with roof-mounted air vents for all rows of seats, while the Pajero Sport was already offered with seven airbags as standard - including driver, front passenger, side, side curtain and driver’s knee.

Powered by a 2.4-litre turbo-diesel engine, the Pajero Sport sends power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Available to order now, the updated Pajero Sport range comes with no change to pricing, with the base GLX starting at $45,000 plus on-road costs, topping out at $52,750 for the flagship Exceed variant.