2010 Mitsubishi Pajero | new car review
The Pajero is a hugely popular vehicle for Mitsubishi in the Middle East, and plenty are seen on the roads here. With a rugged, go-anywhere reputation, it’s designed to be at home on the tarmac or in the sand.
Now in its fourth generation, the latest Pajero was introduced to the world in 2006 and arrived in the Middle East the following year. Its name comes from an Argentinean mountain cat.
Two engines are available here – an all-new 3.5-litre V6 or a larger 3.8-litre V6. The 3.0-litre V6 previously available has now been discontinued. The new 3.5 is similar to the 3.0 in terms of power (190bhp against 188bhp) but increases torque from 255Nm to 304Nm for better pick up from standstill. The 3.8-litre unit packs more of a grunt with 269bhp and 324Nm of torque.
Underneath the bodywork are some serious off-road credentials – super-select four-wheel drive, centre and rear differential locks and adjustable shock absorbers to name a few.
The Pajero is available in both a short and long wheel base (with either three or five doors), and with a huge range of options and packages – check with your dealer for more detailed information, but most requests in terms of luxury features should be catered for, from high-end music systems to cool boxes and rear-seat video entertainment.
Safety-wise, the car comes with dual front, side and curtain airbags, ABS and Active Stability Control (Mitsubishi’s name for ESC).
The Pajero should not be confused with the Pajero Sport, which is a different vehicle, based on the L200 pick up.