Updates to Pajero – Keep Icon At the Top

With its roots set deeply in the world of rallying and having set the bar over several decades as one of the world’s most formidable off-roaders, the Mitsubishi Pajero has received a number of updates based on customer feedback and market trends.

“We know we have a winning formula with Pajero,” comments Mitsubishi Motors South Africa COO, Wynand Pretorius. “Pajero remains the epitome of ultimate off-road ability meeting urban comfort and practicality, and with its latest updates we will appeal to more trend-conscious customers. The great news is that the retail price of the new 2015 model derivatives starts at N$ 569 900, offering unbeatable value when compared to similar competitor vehicles retailing around the N$ 750 000 mark.”

The iconic Pajero, which to this day still holds a record 12 wins (seven of them consecutive) at the infamous Dakar Rally, continues as a pukka 4×4 SUV with no compromise on off-road ability, passenger comfort and safety – famous for proven reliability, durability, longevity, performance and being the perfect partner for any aenture.

“Pajero remains superbly confident in town or in the bush, where customer feedback from people who drive Pajeros anywhere and everywhere has led to the latest model’s updates,” adds Pretorius.

Specification Upgrades

The 2015 model year Pajero range, which continues to include both short- and long-wheelbase derivatives all powered by Mitsubishi’s proven 3.2-litre DI-D turbocharged diesel engine, now features a number of cosmetic enhancements.

A new grille and bumper design with bulky proportions emphasise Pajero might off the beaten track, giving it a modern-day appearance without changing its distinctive iconic and hallmark looks, honed through the decades. Incorporated in the front bumper are switchable LED daytime running lights, while the bumper’s design still allows for class-leading approach and departure angles.

On the inside, the standard rear view camera now displays its picture on the infotainment system interface, and automatic headlight dimming is now available on all derivatives.

Three-Model Range Simplified and Amplified

Comprising the SWB GLS, LWB GLS and the LWB GLS Exceed, the simplified new 3-model Pajero range embodies the ‘we race, you win’ mentality behind the Mitsubishi brand and the incomparable Dakar legacy which made the brand globally famous for its quality, performance and reliability.

“The Dakar environment is undoubtedly the most gruelling and intense off-road racing spectacle anywhere in the world, and one in which the Mitsubishi brand proved its off-road know-how and ability to build tough, reliable vehicles, year after year. These important attributes can be found in all our road-going vehicles, with the Pajero exhibiting the brand’s off-road credentials most prominently,” continues Pretorius.

As such, all Pajero models offer fully-fledged four-wheel drive systems, which include centre and rear differential locks (viscous couplings), and Mitsubishi’s unique Super Select 4WD system. Super Select 4WD includes an easy-to-use manual shift lever which allows the driver to choose between four drive modes.

The 3.2-litre DI-D common-rail direct injection turbocharged diesel engine produces 140 kW at 3 800 rpm and 441 Nm at 2 000 rpm with power transferred to the wheels via a silky-smooth 5-speed automatic gearbox with manual override functionality. Fuel requirements have also been designed to meet varying needs and as such all Pajero models are able to safely operate on 500 ppm diesel when necessary.

Both the SWB and LWB GLS derivatives continue with high specifications, including the latest updates. Standard features include electric windows all-round with one-touch anti-trapping functionality for all windows, privacy glass, a sliding front arm rest with two storage levels, reclining rear seats and an extra two in the LWB (seven in total) which are stowed neatly in the boot floor.

Leather upholstery, electric and heated front seats, the rear view camera, rear parking sensors, variable intermittent windscreen wipers, front and rear fog lights, the LED daytime running lights, black roof rails, mud flaps, a multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth, voice control, cruise control, automatic climate control, rear air conditioning control (LWB only), and a radioCDMP3 touch screen audio system with USB and aux support are also standard on all derivatives.

The range-topping LWB GLS Exceed model raises the bar with a 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, HID xenon headlights with washers, 18-inch alloy wheels, an electric slidingtilting panoramic sunroof and a woodleather combination steering wheel for an added touch of luxury.

Famously Mitsubishi, all models also continue to feature the Multi-Information Display, which includes two fuel economy metres, tank range, average speed, outside temperature, a barometer, a compass and an altimeter.

Safety equipment remains of high standards, all models featuring ABS with EBD and BAS, ASTC (Active Stability and Traction Control), six airbags, an immobiliser and alarm, and remote central locking. Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) chassis and body construction is also employed, ensuring a rigid chassis and impact-absorbing body structure which saw the Pajero receive a 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating.

Source : The Namibian