Mitsubishi Motors SA has launched a 2014 update to its all-wheel-drive, two-door, Pajero short-wheelbase SUV whose forebears were the most successful brand in 33 years of Dakar Rally history with 12 wins. The automaker rates it as "a very capable, serious off-roader" and cites its rear differential lock as a standard addition to the brand's long-famous shift-on-the-fly Super Select 4WD system. Upgrades include a rear-view parking camera, privacy glass, colour-coded door releases and exterior rear view mirrors and a USB port.The standard Pajero SWB costs R549 000 in a market that includes Land Rover's short-wheelbase Defender 90 (which start at R449 500) and Jeep's Wrangler (from R382 000 to R507 000).'VIRTUALLY UNSTOPPABLE'The Pajero has a 140kW/441Nm, 3.2-litre common-rail turbodiesel engine driving through a five-speed auto transmission and Super Select which offers two- and all-wheel drive, the latter with a high-range option with the centre differential unlocked and torque split 33/67 between front/rear wheels.The result, Mitsubishi says, is all the benefits of a full-time 4x4 vehicle, "especially for high-speed driving".For tough terrain, including sand, mud and snow, 4HLc and 4LLc (high and low-range) lock the centre differential and split torque 50/50 between axles which, Mitsubishi says, "makes the Pajero SWB virtually unstoppable". Standard safety items include six airbags, stability and traction control, self-levelling high-intensity discharge headlights, rear-view camera, parking radar, glass sunroof, multi-function steering wheel (audio and cruise control), heatable front seats and Bluetooth with hands-free mobile phone voice control.A central information system - a feature of Pajeros for at least two decades - has a compass, altimeter and barometer.LIMITED-EDITION LEGENDThe automaker says: "The Pajero SWB has the best break-over angle in its class at 25.2 degrees as well as many other attributes that are invaluable when the going gets tough yet still offers an exceptionally easy and comfortable drive in city traffic, on highways and along remote country roads."Following the success of the Pajero long-wheelbase (LWB) Legend campaign of 2013 which marked 30 years of the Pajero SUV in South Africa, the question was asked: “Why not a celebratory version of the Pajero SWB?”So, Mitsubishi SA has produced 30 limited-edition Pajero SWB Legend models with an extensive range of added value items to enhance the tough off-road driving experience for leisure or outdoor sport.The Pajero SWB Legend costs R30 000 more than the standard model but, Mitsubishi claims, adds R80 000 worth of off-road extras for when the going gets tough:• Off-road tyres• Tyre monitoring system• Air compressor in the engine compartment• Nudge bar• 6” LED spotlights• Underbody protection plates for engine, sump and gearbox• Heavy-duty seat covers• Dual battery system• Rock sliders• Roof rack.