BUILT FOR THE ROUGH STUFF: Mitsubishi has listened to its customer’s needs and spruced its 2014 Pajero with a number of style upgrades. Image: Mitsubishi
CAPE TOWN - Mitsubishi South Africa has added several style enhancements to its Pajero range which, its claims, are the results of customers' feedback. STYLE UPGRADES
The 2014 Pajero range comprises SWB GLS, LWB GLS and a long-wheelbase GLS Exceed.
Each is powered by a 140kW/441Nm, 3.2-litre, turbodiesel driving through a five-speed auto to all four wheels courtesy of the automaker's now iconic Super Select 4WD system with change on the fly up to 100km/h.
The new Pajero range, including short and long-wheelbase derivatives, benefits from several cosmetic enhancements.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Mitsubishi Pajero
The 4x4 gains a new grille and bumper design, LED's and new alloy rims. A new and more sturdy spare-wheel cover on LWB derivatives covers the entire spare wheel.
The cabin gains a standard reversing camera which displays on the infotainment system and the entire range benefits from auto headlight-dimming.
Mitsubishi Motors South Africa chief operating officer, Wynand Pretorius, said: "We know we have a winning formula with Pajero. It remains the epitome of off-road ability meeting urban comfort and practicality. With these updates we will appeal to more trend-conscious customers.STANDARD EQUIPMENT
"Retail pricing of the 2015 models starts at R569 900, offering unbeatable value when compared to similar competitor vehicles retailing around R750 000.
"Pajero remains superbly confident in town or in the bush, where customer feedback from people who drive Pajeros anywhere and everywhere has led to the latest model's updates."
The Super Select 4WD modes, as described by the automaker:
2H - For normal driving
4H - All four wheels are engaged for greater control with 34% of the power distributed to the front wheels and 66% to the rear wheels, giving it a typical AWD vehicle experience. The 4H mode can be engaged at up to 100km/h.
4HLc - Changes are made to the traction control system and the centre differential lock is engaged. It distributes power equally to the front and rear wheels."
4LLc - For low-grip and extreme terrain. The 4LLc engages low range and deactivates traction control. The rear differantial lock can be engaged manually by means of a switch, according to the driver's needs and environment
Standard kit includes, power windows, privacy glass, sliding front armrest (two storage compartments), reclining rear seats and an extra two right at the back in the long-wheelbase model (seven in total).
Leather upholstery, powered and heatable front seats, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, variable windscreen wipers, fog lights, black roof-rails, mud flaps, a multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth (with voice control), cruise control, auto front and rear aircon (LWB only) and a radio/CD/MP3 touchscreen audio system with USB and aux connectivity.
The range-topping LWB GLS Exceed adds a 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, xenon headlights, 18" alloy rims, power sunroof and a wood/leather combination steering wheel.
According to the Mitsubishi, its Pajero is "able to safely operate on 500ppm (of sulphur) diesel when necessary".
FIVE-STAR SAFETY RATING
In terms of safety, all derivatives have anti-lock brakes with electronic pressure distribution, emergency braking assistance, active stability and traction control, six airbags, immobiliser and alarm as well as remote central locking. Mitsubishi's RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) chassis and body construction is also used which earned the Pajero a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
All 2014 Mitsubishi Pajeros are sold with a three-year or 100 000km warranty and a five-year or 100 000km maintenance plan, with service intervals every 10 000km.
Prices: 2014 Mitsubishi Pajero
Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 DI-D GLS SWB - R569 900
Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 DI-D GLS LWB - R639 900
Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 DI-D GLS LWB Exceed - R659 900
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2014 Mitsubishi Pajero SWB
2014 Mitsubishi Pajero LWB