Although the Mitsubishi Pajero has been around for over 35 years, it is still among the most sought-after SUV by car lovers across the globe. In the Philippines, this iconic SUV is also a favorite of many Pinoy drivers. After a whole week driving the current diesel variant and experiencing ourselves, we thoroughly learned why.
1. Mitsubishi Pajero Philippines: The iconic design
The current Pajero inherits multiple design refinements from its predecessors, including the large-size wheel arches, the horizontal grille, the square shape, and the side-opening door rear spare tire cover. Although those designs may look less sleek than younger rivals, it is still more than attractive. More importantly, it doesn't appear outdated at all, even can be a future classic.
The current Pajero inherits multiple design refinements from its predecessors
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2. Mitsubishi Pajero Philippines: Up-to-the-minute interior
Unlike other old SUV, the Mitsubishi Pajero interior can still satisfy young drivers all over the world. Right in the center is a touchscreen infotainment system equipped with Bluetooth portal and GPS. What’s more, various trip- and car-related data can be found on a multi-information display. It also features automatic climate control, leather-wrapped tiller and carbon fiber accents.
2018 Mitsubishi Pajero - Interior Exterior And Drive
3. Mitsubishi Pajero Philippines: Fun driving experience
The diesel variant is equipped with a 3.2-liter turbo engine. Although at 12.8km/L on the highway, the engine isn't very fuel economic and the 5-speed automatic transmission isn’t as smooth as those on other up-to-date SUVs, it still can deliver a satisfactory driving experience.
Despite the 4x4 drivetrain which adds weight to the vehicle, the Pajero feels agile and energetic, nearly as much as the Ford Explorer 2017. The steering might feel heavier than most of younger vehicles, and the ride can be a bit rough with light cargo, Pajero still delivers fun drives as a big SUV.
The Pajero still can deliver a satisfactory driving experience
4. Mitsubishi Pajero Philippines: Still (quite) as practical as ever
As the Pajero has long been associated with the rich in the Philippines, you may forget just how serviceable and strong it actually is. Supported by Mitsubishi's Super Select II 4WD, Pajero can surely tackle various terrains. Front and middle row occupants will surely love the ample room and posh leather seats inside. The back seats can be folded down to provide a huge cargo space.
A little hassle is that we're not sure if a car priced at P2,770,000 could be classed as truly practical or not.
Pajero can surely tackle various terrains
5. Mitsubishi Pajero Philippines: Impressive look
Mitsubishi has a long history before attaining a more popular profile of producing some of the most famous cars in the world. And it is such a mistake if the Mitsubishi Pajero is not named in the list. According to the latest car news, although its range might be discontinued, its doubtless appeal remains.
Although its range might be discontinued, its doubtless appeal remains
|2017 Mitsubishi Pajero Philippines specs|
|Variant||Pajero GLS Di-D|
|Transmission||5-speed automatic INVECS-II|
|Engine||3.2-liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 VGT Intercooler Turbodiesel|
|Max Power||192 PS @ 3800 rpm|
|Max Torque||441 Nm @ 2000 rpm|
|Mitsubishi Pajero GLS 3.8 AWD (Gas)||₱2,570,000|
|Mitsubishi Pajero GLS 3.2 AWD (Diesel)||₱2,770,000|
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