2008 Mitsubishi Pajero | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

The never quite became the veritable off-roader here in the Middle East, with the Land Cruiser and Patrol taking that accolade away to  leave the Pajero to be more of a mom’s car rather than the true SUV that it ought to be. But fans of true SUVs, whose attention extends beyond Middle East borders, know what it’s all about. Fact is, this rugged rock-hopper has been off-roading its way around the world for decades and taking home more than a  few trophies in the famously gruelling Dakar Rally, in the process building up plenty of respect for the Pajero nameplate.

In the four generations and 26 years that the Pajero has been available, Mitsubishi moved it upscale in terms of size, power and class. But all the way  through, the Pajero never lost its roots as an -worthy vehicle. Four-wheel drive was always standard, and specialty items such as locking  differentials and adjustable shock absorbers have always been available.

The fourth generation, all-new Pajero was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 2006. The new Pajero is immediately distinguished by its bold new grille,  short front overhang, upright windscreen, strong high flanks, flared wheelarches and rear-mounted spare wheel – all key Pajero style cues that underline its tough, authentic, off-road ability.

The interior is very businesslike and one sits high up for enhanced outward visibility. The all-new cabin architecture features a contemporary integrated  centre console that houses a Multi-Information Centre Display for the climate and audio controls. Particular attention has been paid to creating a robust  feeling within the cabin, with an intuitive layout and easily understood graphics and instruments.

The engines were upgraded with the 3.8-litre V6 gaining MIVEC variable valve timing to boost power to 270hp and 329Nm of peak torque. Mitsubishi has  retained the popular 188hp 3.0-litre V6 and this is shifted via a 4-speed automatic, while the 3.8-litre gets a new 5-speed automatic.

The Pajero does indeed make a very solid case for itself, and is arguably one of the best Japanese SUVs money can buy.

Technical Specifications
Engine3.0-litre V63.8-litre V6
Power188 Bhp270 Bhp
Torque255 Nm329 Nm
TransmissionAutomaticAutomatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 93,900- upto 135,000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and  offers.

Competition

Ford Explorer
Nissan Pathfinder
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Honda MR-V
Jeep Grand Cherokee

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