The Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is the world's sixteenth largest car manufacturer in terms of production as of 2011. One of its flagship vehicles is the Mitsubishi Pajero, which debuted in 1973 at the Tokyo Motor Show. This SUV has gained quite a reputation after winning the first place at the Paris Dakar Rally only after three attempts. In fact, it is touted as the most successful off-road vehicle in the rally by winning seven out of 10 races and almost half of the total 32 races. Since then, it has continued to undergo development and innovation with its fourth generation series.
The Pajero has an off-road handling capability but, at the same time, works with on-road smoothness. It has the combination of a luxury sedan and all-terrain control, while the body incorporates both galvanised steel body panels and a lightweight aluminium bonnet. And because it is designed as an all-terrain vehicle, it comes equipped with All Wheel Control (AWC) technology, which gives independent traction, power, and slip control to each wheel allowing you complete control in even the most challenging situations. Aside from the AWC, it has also the Super Select Four-Wheel Drive (SS4) technology, which enables you to shift effortlessly between 2H or rear-wheel driving and 4H or all tyres.
The new generation Pajero has what they call active and passive safety features. Active safety refers to the ASTC or Active Stability and Traction Control technology, which has a series of intelligent sensors and control units that monitor the movement and performance of the vehicle. It works by controlling engine torque and braking force when the road and conditions change. Passive safety, on the other hand, employs technology that lessens the risk and possibility of passengers and driver injury when an accident happens. Its body has a steel framework which encases the passengers and protects them from further damage.
Support and Security
The security of the current model has been improved. Compared to earlier models, it has a power backup that activates when the battery wire is detached, preventing any illegal intrusion. Sensors are also attached at its interior to detect any illegal access and inclination. Another added security feature is the rear view monitor. Although this feature is not as sophisticated as in the other SUVs, it has a high resolution that provides a clear enough image of any risks or obstacles when you are in reverse mode.
Entertainment and Amenity
When it comes to its entertainment features, the Mitsubishi Pajero comes with a DVD player positioned at the ceiling. It has an AV output that allows you to plug in your computer or game system. It has a 5,1 surround sound system that is further enhanced by 12 speakers employing the Rockford Acoustic Design technology. These speakers, composed of tweeters, woofers, and subwoofers, are systematically placed around the interior to provide a surround sound quality.
Model and Design
The Pajero has two designs to choose from: three-door exterior for a short wheelbase or SWB, and a five-door exterior for a long wheelbase or LWB. The SWB series has one price class for 2013: the GLS which starts at 529 000 ZAR, while the LWB series has three price classes: the GLX, GLS, and Exceed. All of them has both manual and automatic transmission models, but the lower priced one for 2013 is the GLX which starts at 529 000 ZAR. The 2013 GLS model starts at 599 000 ZAR because of its additional features, while the 2013 Exceed model starts 619 900 ZAR because it comes equipped with the Rockford Fosgate Sound System not found in other models. The 2013 Pajero Sport, on the other hand, starts at 435 900 ZAR depending on the colour.