2009 Mitsubishi Pajero | new car review
This tough as nails SUV from Mitsubishi is now in its fourth generation and has kept getting better with each revision.
This is also the SUV which has won Mitsubishi fame in international rallying, of which the most famous is its success at the gruelling Dakar Rally. So in a way the Pajero’s reputation precedes itself and it is thought of by SUV enthusiasts to be one of the best 4x4s you can lay your hands on.
This fourth generation model continues the Pajero’s 26-year-long history of serious mud plugging but moves to a new level in terms of size, power and class. The new Pajero has a bold new look with a big horizontal slat chrome grille, big headlight clusters, and muscular side profile with flared wheel arches. Short front overhang, upright windscreen and rear-mounted spare wheel are all typical Pajero style cues that characterise this SUV.
The Pajero’s serious off-road ability stems from its rigid ladder frame construction, super select four-wheel drive with central & rear differential lock and adjustable shock absorbers. There are two engine options for the Pajero; a 3.8-litre V6 with 270 bhp and 329Nm of torque and a 188 bhp 3.0-litre V6. The 3.0 litre engine is mated to a four-speed automatic while the 3.8-litre gets a five-speed automatic transmission.
An 88 litre-fuel tank on the long wheelbase version and 69 litres on the short wheelbase makes sure that the Pajero doesn’t run out of gas while crossing the desert.
The interior of the Pajero is home to a massive central console in the dashboard, which houses a large screen displaying information to make off-roading more fun and safe. Data including audio, compass, altimeter, barometer, fuel consumption and remaining travel distance are all available at the touch of a button via this display.
The seating position is high and gives a commanding view of the terrain or traffic in front. The Pajero is available in short wheelbase and long wheelbase with the former having three doors against the latter’s five.
The three-door Pajero is a more practical choice for those who need seating for up to five and do not need the extra space of the five-door version which seats seven. The three-door Pajero also has better performance due to the reduced weight and improved power to weight ratio. Depending on trim the Pajero comes shod with 16” or 18” alloy wheels.
Mitsubishi has equipped the Pajero generously and depending on the variant, it comes with climate control, cruise control, discharge headlamps, cool box, leather steering with controls, leather seats and gear knob, rheostat meters, front power seats, power sunroof and a Rockford audio system. The Pajero intends to keep you safe while on those off-road jaunts with dual front, side and curtain airbags, ABS and Active Stability Control (ASC).
The Pajero is versatile enough to be driven in the city as well as on the highways and off-road conditions. In the Middle East however the Pajero has strong competition in the way of the Land Cruiser and Nissan Patrol both of which are equally capable SUVs which have sold more than the Pajero.
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Price Range (AED) 93,900-135,000