2014 Mitsubishi Pajero | new car review
Reasonable price tag when compared to its nearest rival
Interior quality for a car that falls into this price range
Unimaginative exterior since it hasn't been altered significantly for the past eight years
Introduced in 2006, the current generation Mitsubishi Pajero flaunts a prominent chrome outlined grille, silver lining to the tail lamps and a rather rugged outershell. Being one of the few SUV’s that hasn’t got in on the ‘crossover hype’, its appearance is an ideal match to the performance it offers. However, eight years on, the design boffins may want to conjure up something a little more innovative, rather than a flashier grille and redesigned rims every couple of years.
A few minutes within the cabin of the 2014 Mitsubishi Pajero and it’s clear that being comfortable was on top of the priority list when the interior was being put together. With wood finishing on the steering wheel, door panels and dashboard, along with USB audio and a banging 12 speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system to accompany, creature comforts weren’t forgotten in the full-size Japanese SUV.
Drive modes range from 2H to 4H, to 4HLc to the ultimate 4LLC that switches to low range with a locked center differential and provides maximum low end torque to pull the Pajero through the stickiest of mud. However, that’s not all the Japanese have packed in, because with an optional rear differential lock, the Pajero delivers the traction needed to prevent wheel slip and navigate the most treacherous of situations.
What’s on offer?
Two engine choices are available on the 2014 Mitsubishi Pajero. A 3.5 litre V6 that churns out 186 horsepower and a larger 3.8 litre V6 that whips out 246 horsepower and boasts a top speed of 200 km/h. While a 4 speed automatic transmission is what the 3.5 litre variant receives, a 5 speed automatic transmission makes its way into the beefier 3.8 litre variant.
There aren’t many brand’s that possess a true off-roader anymore. Brands like Nissan and Ford have ditched their off-road capable Pathfinder and Explorer for vehicles that feel more at home in the city than off the beaten path, and while brands like Toyota have their trusty Land Cruiser, it’s priced at over double that of the Pajero. So going back to what I said earlier, the 2014 Mitsubishi Pajero fills an interesting niche in the market – the reasonably priced off-road capable niche…