It’s hard to say about the Mitsubishi Pajero’s future. While its smaller sibling Montero Sport has notched up its success in local market, the Pajero seems to be put aside.
In 2016, Mitsubishi sensibly decided to upgrade the SUV by giving it a stronger “heart”
Thankfully, back in 2016, Mitsubishi sensibly decided to upgrade the SUV by giving it a stronger “heart”. Frankly, this is a timely decision that significantly helped the Pajero retake its position in large crossover and PPV segment. So, let’s find out together what’s new in the Pajero as well as what have brought it glory for decades in this Mitsubishi Pajero 2017 Review by Philkotse.com. To know full well all this SUV has to offer, we’re going to analyze the top-end version - Mitsubishi Pajero GLS 2017 3.2 Di-D VGT.
2017 Mitsubishi Pajero
The updated Pajero looks as if it imitates most styling cues of the previous SUV
The updated Pajero looks as if it imitates most styling cues of the previous SUV from bumper to bumper. We still see the familiar upright styling, upswept headlamps and the accustomed tailgate-mounted spare tire. Even, the signature flared wheel arches have been there for generations.
The signature flared wheel arches have been there for generations
A low-profile tire trend with bulky 18-inch alloys is useful for off-roading
As mentioned earlier, Mitsubishi made changes under the hood, so it goes without saying that the Pajero exterior is old-school. That said, it’s not a problem as an eye-catching look cannot help it in going off-road. Yes, a high ground clearance and short approach angles are sufficient to fulfill its job, along with a low-profile tire trend with bulky 18-inch alloys. Also, they’re as much as the Pajero need to become an icon in automotive landscape. So, it’s better to let it be.
We still see the accustomed tailgate-mounted spare tire
Candidly, it is necessary to condemn the thick pillars for obscuring visibility in new vehicles. However, in the Pajero, a commanding view of the road is provided thanks to thin pillars. Soft and supportive front seats should also be applauded. As for the rear, passengers can enjoy the view from the tall windows. For more light, open the sunroof over your head. Head- and legroom are ample to keep you comfort. Nevertheless, if only the rear seats had more contour or lumbar support, everything would be faultless.
Soft and supportive front seats should also be applauded
For more light, open the sunroof over your head
When it comes to interior packaging, this old stager starts showing its age. In fact, seats in the second row don’t slide forward and putting the third row is an unpleasant task that requires you to remove a panel, lift the seats up and pull the single piece backrest out. After all, that row is just ideal for children.
When it comes to interior packaging, this old stager starts showing its age
If there is something new, it is just the touchscreen
In terms of design, it can be said that you’re sitting in a car of last decade that features an upright and almost Spartan layout. If there is something new, it is just the touchscreen. No telescopic steering wheel adjustment and no automatic-up for power windows. Luckily, it has got a digital readout for altitude, fuel economy, average speed and compass.
It has got a digital readout for altitude, fuel economy, average speed and compass
This is exactly what we’ve wait to show you. Newest in the 2017 Pajero is an upgraded engine as noted. Still the 3.2L DOHC Di-D turbo diesel mill, but currently it comes with a Variable Geometry Turbo. While the ancient unit just cranks out 192 PS, the tuned one is able to muster a higher output of 192 PS and 441 Nm of max torque. The power plant is armed with a 5-speed automatic gearbox with INVECS-II.
A familiar 3.2L DOHC Di-D turbo diesel mill is under the bonnet
Behind the wheel, you must have to ponder yourself how far turbo diesels have come. A rattling sound from the outside blends with a quick prod on the throttle will finally create a sound that’s more muffled that the Fieldmaster. Sound insulation is noteworthy in the aged SUV. The cabin is blissfully quiet without noise and vibration. If there is something you can hear from inside, it might be a little wind whistle coming from the large side mirrors.
In aspect of performance, the new VGT engine can let the Pajero keep abreast of any modern vehicles’ capabilities. The acceleration is admirable and keeping going at highway speeds is a child’s play. Even when fully loaded, the car still performs efficiently. Sad to say, this mill has run through decades and turbo lag, no doubt, is obvious from the standstill. For all that, the performance makes us satisfied, to our eyes.
For all that, the performance makes us satisfied
Additionally, more power means a less strained engine. Likewise, fuel economy is not poor as you’ve thought. In the city, the Pajero still does a commendable 8.2 km/L with an average speed of just 17 km/h. Highway mileage, on the other hand, indicates 13.1 km/L at 94 km/h.
When judging the exterior, we’ve hinted at the Pajero’s off-road capabilities. Nonetheless, before discussing more this talent, we want to thrash out its performance around the city. The ride is soft and excellently meets its duty of taking in road imperfections. With a weight of over 2.5 tons, do not worry that you could be blown away by strong crosswinds while in this giant. At low speeds, by contrast, the steering inputs are slow and the body pitch is pronounced. To be honest, the Mitsubishi Pajero is not a dynamic workhorse in its class regarding handling.
Mitsubishi Pajero Off-road
Forget the Pajero’s frailty as it’s time for it to shine. Off-roading, as you all know, is its forte. Owing to a great suspension system in charge of absorbing bumps and ruts, the cruiser will kept you fixed in the cockpit while travelling rough roads. Some off-road fans complain about the lack of rigid axles, the all-independent set up will compensate for that. A center locking differential also comes as an offering. As a fun fact, perhaps the Pajero is among the SUVs that are not afraid of getting dirty.
It is possible that the brilliant performance makes the Mitsubishi Pajero 2017 expensive. It is at the far end of two million pesos: ₱2,770,000 to be exact. Generally speaking, it's difficult to justify buying a Pajero when it comes to price.
|Mitsubishi Pajero GLS 3.8 AWD||₱2,570,000|
|Mitsubishi Pajero GLS 3.2 AWD||₱2,770,000|
|Overall Length||4900 mm|
|Overall Width||1875 mm|
|Overall Height||1870 mm|
|Tread (Front/Rear)||1570 mm/ 1570 mm|
|Gross Weight||2865 kg|
|Seating Capacity||7 Persons|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||88 L|
|Turning Radius||5.7 m|
|Engine & Performance|
|Engine Type||3.2L 16-Valve DOHC Turbocharged and Intercooled DI-D (4M41)|
|Bore x Stroke||98.5 mm x 105 mm|
|Maximum Power||165 PS @ 3,500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||373 Nm @ 2,000 rpm|
|Fuel System||Electronic Common Rail Direct Innjection|
|Transmission Type||INVECS-II 5-Speed AT with Sportronic Mode and Super Select II 4WD (SS4-II)|
|Final Gear Ratio||3.917|
|Transfer Gear Ratio - High||1.000|
|Transfer Gear Ratio - Low||1.900|
|Suspension & Brakes|
|Front Suspension||Double Wishbone Coil Springs with Stabilizer Bars|
|Rear Suspension||Multi-Link Coil Springs with Stabilizer Bars|
|Front Brakes||17-inch Ventilated Discs (4-Pot)|
|Rear Brakes||17-inch Ventilated Drum-In-Discs|
|Tires & Wheels|
|Tires||265 / 60 R18 110H|
|Wheels||18" x 7.5 JJ Alloy|
|Gear Type||Rack and Pinion|
|Stering Wheel||4-Spoke Leather-Wrapped|
|Multi-Information Display Control||Equipped|
|GPS Navigation||(Dealer Option)|
|Speakers||6 (Including 2 Tweeters)|
|Seat Material||Leather, Fabric|
|Front SRS Airbags||Yes|
|Driver's Seatbelt||3P ELR with Pretensioner and Adjustable Belt x 2|
|Front Passenger's Seatbelt||3P ELR with Pretensioner and Adjustable Belt x 2|
|2nd Row Seatbelts||3P ELR x 3|
|3rd Row Seatbelts||3P ELR x 2|
|Mitsubishi Active Stability and Traction Control (M-ASTC)||Yes|
|Hill Start Assist||Yes|
|Anti-Lock Braking System||Yes|
|Tire Pressure Mitigation (FCM) system||Yes (Dealer Option)|
|Reverse Camera||Yes (Dealer Option)|
There must be reasons why the Mitsubishi Pajero has still been loved in our country despite a fairly exorbitant price tag. Ride and handling is not masterly, the appearance and cabin are a little banal. However, it is admitted that we cannot resist its appeal while taking on roads less traveled.
The Mitsubishi Pajero has still been loved in our country for years
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