Is the Pajero name here to stay?
“Recent international media reports that Pajero will not be the main focus of future development plans at Mitsubishi created the wrong impression with some of our loyal Pajero customers. I need to make it very clear that the Pajero is still a top-selling model for Mitsubishi and will continue to form part of the product range for many years to come” said Braam Faul, Marketing Manager, Mitsubishi South Africa.
Reminding us of what the Legend kit provides
The Pajero Legend II LWB gets an additional R50 000 worth of extras as part of the purchase price of R759 900. These include a heavy-duty protection plate fitted below the engine and another below the gearbox assembly as well as heavy-duty rock sliders. It is also fitted with Yokohama Geolander dual-purpose tyres. The SWB version gets very much the same treatment; however, buyers get R40 000 worth of extras as part of the price of R659 900. Both models get a heavy-duty tow bar from Bosal, a Pajero-stamped chrome nudge bar and auto-locking and unlocking modules too.
Inside, there’s a Garmin nüviCam with magnetic mount and built-in dash cam, a Tracks4Africa off-road map set for Southern Africa and a full set of rubber mats. Apart from that it is pretty much a standard Exceed model inside, with leather seats, a multi-function steering wheel, a basic infotainment system and seven seats.
How does it cope?
I joined the team from Mitsubishi for a weekend where we tested the Legend II thoroughly. I have to say, despite the vehicle’s age it makes for a supremely comfortable thing to pilot across terrain. From high-speed gravel driving, highway cruising, bumpy dirt roads and technical off-road driving it just does everything well.
I’ll be honest, it isn’t the lightest thing on diesel; expect a return of around 12.0 litres/100km in a mixed cycle. That’s because it’s an older 3.2-litre turbo diesel with 140kW/441Nm with an equally old five-speed automatic gearbox. The one benefit is that this car will very likely run off the dirtiest diesel that we have to offer, making it ideal for trips into other African countries.
After close to 1 000km in the car, I have to say that it has enough modern convenience, such as Bluetooth/USB, heated seats and cruise control combined with enough old school virtues that make this perfect for family holidays pretty much anywhere. I do look forward to the brand’s new products though as I had a sneak peak this past weekend and the future looks bright, indeed.
Look out for our full road test on the LWB model in the coming weeks.