In the wake of the Japanese brand announcing that it will be back in the Dakar, it’s also revealed an updated Pajero for 2015, as a result of customer feedback and market trends. The updates have been applied to both the short wheelbase (SWB) and long wheelbase (LWB) derivatives.
Visually you’ll notice a new grille and bumper design, making the Pajero look more upmarket, which is what the brand is aiming for. There are also LED daytime running lights in the front bumper.
From side profile there are new alloy wheels which differ from derivative to derivative. The rear features a new spare-wheel cover on the LWB derivatives, which now covers the entire spare wheel. Inside, a rear-view camera and automatic headlight dimming is now standard across the range.
Overall, the changes made to the Pajero are minor, but do help it appear as a more premium product within its segment.
The model range has been simplified with three models to choose from. These include the SWB GLS, the LWB GLS and the range-topping LWB GLS Exceed.
Off the beaten path
All Pajero models offer four-wheel-drive systems, which include centre and rear differential locks and Mitsubishi’s unique Super Select 4WD system. Super Select 4WD includes a manual shift lever that allows the driver to choose between four drive modes.
These include rear-wheel-drive 2H mode for town driving, 4H mode with shift-on-the-fly available at speeds of up to 100km/h. All four wheels are engaged for greater control with 34 percent power distributed to the front wheels and 66 percent to the rear wheels. In 4HLc mode it activates the centre diff lock while the 4LLc mode engages low-range and deactivates the traction control system. The rear diff lock is engaged manually by a switch in the centre console.
The Pajero is an exceptionally capable vehicle. We were taken to a tight, technical 4X4 course and the Pajero seemed to make light work of most obstacles. Its only limiting factors are the more road-bias tyres, which can be remedied by the owner, depending on his/her needs. Its ground clearance remains 235mm, while the departure and approach angles of the SWB are 34.8 degrees and 36.7 degrees, while the LWB has a 36.6-degree approach angle and a 25-degree departure angle.
Under the bonnet
All derivatives are powered by Mitsubishi’s proven 3.2-litre DI-D turbocharged diesel engine with 140kW/441Nm coupled with a five-speed automatic gearbox. This motor is also able to operate on 500ppm diesel.
Comfort and convenience
The Pajero is one of the more comfortable off-road machines with its tried-and-tested independent suspension setup. It’s also able to tow 3 300kg (braked).
Both GLS derivatives come with features that include leather seats, electric and heated front seats, rear-view camera, electric windows all around, a sliding front arm rest with two storage levels, reclining rear seats, multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth, voice control, cruise control, climate control, infotainment audio system with USB and Aux.
The range-topping Exceed model adds a 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, HID Xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof.
Safety equipment remains of a high standard and all models feature ABS with EBD and BAS, Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), six airbags, an immobiliser and alarm, and remote central locking.
All Pajero models are sold standard with a three-year/100 000km warranty and a five-year/ 100 000km maintenance plan, with service intervals every 10 000km.
|Pajero 3.2 DI-D GLS SWB||R569 900|
|Pajero 3.2 DI-D GLS LWB||R639 900|
|Pajero 3.2 DI-D GLS LWB Exceed||R659 900|