By ERIC PHIRI
As far back as 1982, Mitsubishi Motors successfully launched the all-new Pajero 4×4, a vehicle tough enough to go where others feared to tread, yet at the same time enjoying the sophisticated specification associated with top-end sedan models. Now in its fourth generation, Mitsubishi Motors has upped the ante with increased power and torque in its 3,2L DI-DC diesel engines.
The Mitsubishi Pajero 3,2L DI-DC boasts increased performance with an output of 140 kW of power and 441 Nm of torque. Previously, the 3,2L DI-DC engine produced 121 kW of power and 373 Nm of torque. Matched to this model year change is a five-speed automatic gearbox, INVEC-II with enhanced gear ratios to better suit the engine refinements on the diesel model. “We are delighted with our Pajero customers who have remained loyal over the years, and we find that we have an extremely high retention rate. Approximately 80% of our Pajero sales are existing customers. These customers are discerning buyers and find that the Pajero is a perfect fit for their lifestyle. Customers will now have the benefit of more engine power, improved and better performance off-road capabilities and better towing capacity,” says Suraiya Naidoo, Divisional Manager of Mitsubishi Motors.
The Pajero’s history and its ability to rise to the challenge are synonymous with the history and adventurous spirit of Mitsubishi Motors itself. From the searing heat of the equator to the extreme cold of the artic, the Pajero has conquered it all, earning the absolute trust of its owners in widely differing environments of 170 countries throughout the world. The engine in the Pajero 3,2L DI-DC has undergone a number of technological enhancements to achieve the increased power. An improved pump impeller in the water pump and a modified port form in the intake manifold and the opening temperature on the thermostat have been changed. Certain modifications have also taken place on the cylinder head, injectors and turbo-charger. Not only is this new engine quieter than the previous model, it is also both cleaner and more economical giving improved Co2 emissions which are reduced to 245 gm/km from the previous 274 gm/km.
The Pajero is, and has always been, a 4×4 specifically designed to go anywhere, no matter the terrain. The four-wheel-drive (4WD) system comprises of the sophisticated Super Select 4WD-II transfer case with both ASTC (Active Stability Traction Control) and the rear differential lock (available on GLX LWB only) — developed on the bedrock of MMC’s all-wheel-control (AWC) concept and delivering significant improvements in both off-road and on-highway performance.Security and safety is paramount to Mitsubishi and the standard fitment of the theft alarm sensors inside the interior light fitting uses a supersonic wave sensor for motion detection inside the vehicle. A further warning alarm in this system is the inclination sensor which detects the vehicle inclination angle. For example, if the vehicle is locked and an attempt is made to tow away it away, it will sense the angle change and engage the alarm.
In the case of the cut-off of power supply and the interruption of communication is detected, the theft alarm siren will automatically operate off the internal battery power supply.Parking is made easy with the Pajero’s optional rear view camera, which is automatically engaged upon selecting reverse gear, with the view displayed on the central screen. At the click of a switch, whilst driving forward, the reverse view can also be displayed should the need arise.
For those customers who embody the Mitsubishi Motors ethos of go anywhere, anytime, Mitsubishi Motors has now introduced the Mitsubishi Integrated Communication System (MICS) into this version of the Pajero. The latest GARMAP™ navigation system is a standard feature across the range of Pajero SWB and LWB models, in both the petrol and diesel derivatives. The latest map updates can be downloaded over the internet, saving the customer the added cost of purchasing updates. Navigation can be operated whilst operating the radio, CD or iPod, and the voice prompts will mute the music. The route mapping can be displayed on the 6,5-inch HD TFT digital touch-screen monitor. Operation can be by remote control, as the system is integrated into the steering-wheel controls.
“The new standard Mitsubishi Integrated Communications System (MICS) will give customers the freedom to navigate far reaching destinations without fear of getting lost,” adds Naidoo.The receiver and transmitter inside the highly sensitive FM/AM radio receiver with RDS boasts a very strong transmitting signal. The superb Rockford Fosgate™ sound system (available in GLS models only) plays CD, DVD, CD-R, VCD, MP3, JPEG and MPEG4. Standard DVD operation includes sub-titles, zoom and parental function.
Bluetooth operation is compatible with any Bluetooth phone, irrespective of make or model. One can dial, answer and reject calls from the touch screen, the incoming call number is displayed and the call register can be downloaded. A separate microphone provides improved sound quality and A2DP (plays music via Bluetooth).Full iPod functionality is available from the touch screen. The virtual CDC is able to copy 5 audio discs, and can copy individual songs.The optional tyre pressure monitoring system displays tyre pressure and temperature. The system allows for driver alerts, ID pairing and tyre change etc.
As a safety measure, DVD viewing is not possible whilst the car is in motion. Mitsubishi promotes safe vehicle operation, which is ultimately the responsibility of the driver.The latest GARMAP™ navigation system (MICS) is compatible with previous fourth generation Pajero models sold and can be retrofitted through Mitsubishi Motors dealerships.“We are pleased that the franchise supplier, Planet Electronics, who developed this system together with Mitsubishi, has a nationwide footprint to maintain and service this latest satellite system. Mitsubishi owners are free-spirited and for them the journey is the destination,” says Naidoo.
Superior comfort and well-designed interior ergonomics are standard in the Pajero. Easy access and step-to-seat distance enables drivers to vary their seating positions with ease. The optional third-row of seats in the LWB folds away into the floor in seconds, or can be removed entirely, leaving a flat loading base with a generous under-floor storage compartment. Headrests can be stored away under the seats for maximum space.The Pajero’s toughness and performance were refined and perfected on rallying terrain. Rallying is a rough, tough sport which makes enormous demands on any vehicle, and the roughest, toughest rally of all is the notorious Dakar. In 26 years of competing, the Pajero absolutely dominated the Dakar’s leader board and won outright twelve times.
The technical superiority of its drivetrain, four-wheel independent suspension and stability and traction control systems have been honed in these extreme conditions. Phenomenal reliability has been proven time and time again.“Unfortunately the economic crisis has taken its toll on Mitsubishi’s participation in Dakar. However, the experience and engineering excellence achieved over the years has been of benefit to all Pajero customers,” adds Naidoo. “It is Mitsubishi Motors unwavering philosophy of “creating new products that surpass their predecessors through motor sports” that enables us to proudly deliver both driving pleasure and peace of mind to all our Pajero customers. The overall package of the Pajero 3,2L DI-DC is now more attractive and offers customers and new purchasers who are looking for a large SUV offering a superior ownership experience,” concludes Naidoo.