The legend is back, they say. And after a long absence from Malaysian soil, the Mitsubishi Pajero was launched this evening at the Carcosa. This fourth-generation model isn’t just the tough, no nonsense jungle basher as many remember it to be, but a 4X4 that combines go-anywhere ability with luxury.
We’ve driven it already, but if you missed that test drive report, the Pajero is powered by a 3.8-litre V6 engine with 250 PS and 329 Nm of torque, made at 2,750 rpm. This SOHC engine with MIVEC is paired to an INVECS-II five-speed automatic gearbox with Sports mode manual override.
Power is laid down to the surface via Mitsu’s Super Select 4WD II system. SS4-II offers four driver selectaable modes for various road conditions – 2H mode for the best economy, 4H mode for better traction, 4HLc with locked centre differential (equal power to all four wheels) and 4LLc, which is like 4HLc plus low range gears for you to crawl out of the most extreme situations. 4H is the standard operating mode (default torque split is 33:67) and the three high range modes can be shifted “on the fly” at speeds up to 100 km/h.
The Pajero’s Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC) uses a network of sensors to collect real time data and monitor the vehicle status and steering angle. This data is then used to regulate brake force and drive torque for individual wheels to improve handling and stability. ASTC is integrated with Multi-mode ABS and EBD. The Pajero comes with front, side and curtain airbags.
The equipment highlight is a Rockford Acoustic Design sound system with 12 speakers, 860-watt amplifier, digital signal processor and a 5.1 channel theatre surround. The centre stack also houses a centre information display that shows fuel economy, elevation, compass, outside temperature, a calendar and customisable clock, among other things.
Other standard kit include leather seats (fronts are powered), automatic climate control, rear air con with roof and floor vents for second and third row occupants, sunroof, cruise control, keyless entry, auto levelling HID headlamps with washer, 18-inch alloys, aluminium pedals plus automatic lights and wipers. This CBU from Japan Pajero is priced at RM289,980 OTR with insurance, which is reasonable compared to other SUVs with big engines sold here.
Live images from the launch after the jump.
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