Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2-litre 16-valve DI-DC review

Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2-litre 16-valve DI-DC

The evergreen “Pagy” has been with us a long time, winning the Dakar 12 times along the way. The fourth generation Pajero was launched in 2006, but is more of a revision of the third generation which was launched in 1999. It is tough, robust and can really go anywhere.

Mitsubishi Pajero SWB

The Pajero comes in two sizes. The first one we are reviewing is the smaller Short Wheel Base version with two doors. This makes it very wieldy, but access and the view from the back seats is an issue. The boot space is tiny. Think of it as the true successor of the WWII jeep. Just much more capable, better equipped and luxurious.

In 2015 the Pajero was updated with a new front fascia with a revised grille, LED daytime running lights and a new spare tyre cover as well as infotainment system. A thorough facelift which brought it up to date.

Pajero LWB leg-room is generous

The highlight of Pajero is the Super Select 4WD system, which means you can leave the Pajero in 4WD mode all the time if you wish. Activating the Pajero’s high-range four-wheel drive leaves the differential open so that the car can be driven on all surfaces. You can also select only the rear wheels, locked 4×4 high range or low range. The rear differential can be manually locked at the push of a button.

With 235mm of ground clearance, a 700mm wading depth, 36.6/25 degree approach/departure angles, and wheels with excellent articulation you get a virtually unstoppable machine. The front end features independent suspension with a double-wishbone coil spring and stabiliser bar. The rear features independent suspension with a multi-link coil spring arrangement with stabiliser bar.

You’d need to be doing something silly to get into trouble with the Pajero off-road, such is the system’s competence.

Pajero interior

The Pajero remains a favourite with caravanners and boaters with its 3000kg tow rating (with electric brakes, 750 kg unbraked), which is more than enough to tow a fair-sized van or boat for weekends away.

The interior is just right and is fully equipped. The dash has been upgraded and now offers a cluster above the infotainment system with a dot matrix display that incorporates the trip computer and four-wheel drive information. The speedometer and tachometer cluster features drivetrain information, along with the vehicle’s vital running status.

This Pajero is great for cruising and brilliant in sand, over rocks, whatever you throw it at.

For  R689 900 you get the car and a 5 year 100 000 km maintenance plan as well as a 3 year 100 000 km warranty. But:

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Mitsubishi Pajero LWB

The normal or Long Wheel Base 4 door version is such a pleasure to go on tour with. You can throw anything at it, and it will just simply shrug it off. It is slightly old school, but in the best possible way.

The ground clearance is also 235mm, and the rest of the specs just like the SWB model.

The lights have been updated and it now has rear parking camera and sensors. The infotainment system has been brought up to date with inter alia Bluetooth and Handsfree Voice Control integrated into the Pajero’s multi-function steering wheel.

Mitsubishi Pajero LWB facelifted rear

I think the LWB  model is the one to get.

A completely new Pajero is expected later in 2018.

Get the latest prices here.

See review off-road in 2015.

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Mitsubishi ASX review

Mitsubishi ASX

The ASX fits right into the small familiy SUV / crossover segment which includes the Mazda CX-3, Suzuki Vitara, Honda HR-V, Nissan Qashqai, Ford EcoSport, Renault Captur and Audi Q2.

So, lots of cometition but somehow the ASX stands out with the CX-3 and possibly the Qashqai.

I liked the ASX. Right size, right performance, right fit and finish.

Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa, says: “We have to address the current affordability needs of our customers. Today’s economy often forces buyers to opt for lower-spec vehicles, but our new ASX 2.0 GL CVT derivative offers the comfort and efficiency of Mitsubishi’s CVT transmission as well as its impressive standard specification in a truly attractive package. When you consider Mitsubishi’s world-class safety ratings, the new ASX 2.0 GL CVT is easily the best sub R400 000 vehicle on the market.”

He has a point or two.

The updated interior has also gone upmarket.

Luxury features include Bluetooth with voice control, cruise control, a multi-function steering wheel, electric windows, air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, rear park distance control and automatic lights as standard on all models. GLX and GLS derivatives offer a full-length panoramic glass roof, keyless operation, a full colour touch-screen infotainment system, heated leather seats in the front, and an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, as well as a rear-view camera.

The new Mitsubishi ASX line-up consists of five derivatives all featuring the frugal and  reliable 2.0 MIVEC petrol engine. This engine is equipped with Mitsubishi’s  Valve Timing Electronic Control System (MIVEC) and multi-point injection that produces 110 kW at 6 000 rpm and 197 Nm of torque at 4 200 rpm. Power is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox or CVT transmission with six pre-programmed gear steps.

The system works well.

Mitsubishi ASX interior (Photo: Danita du Plessis)

The ASX is one of the safest vehicles in its class and has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. All ASX models feature Mitsubishi’s proprietary Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body shell, seven airbags, ISOFIX child restraint mountings and a range of dynamic safety systems that include ABS, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assistance (BAS).

In addition to the above-mentioned specification, the Mitsubishi GLS derivatives feature LED running lights, electronic active stability and traction control (ASTC) and hill start assist (HSA) as standard.

The car feels planted on the road and has the power to do what you expect. In short, it is a highly competent package and pleasant to drive.

Prices

2.0 MIVEC GL 5-speed M/T R364,900
2.0 MIVEC GL 6-speed CVT R399,900
2.0 MIVEC GLX 5-speed M/T R399,900
2.0 MIVEC GLS 5-speed M/T RF R414,900
2.0 MIVEC GLS 6-speed CVT RF R434,900

ASX is sold with a comprehensive 5-year / 90 000 km service plan and 3-year / 100 000 km manufacturer’s warranty.

 

 

Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 MIVEC GLS EXCEED 4WD CVT review

Mitsubishi Outlander

The Outlander is a very comfortable, very capable and spacious car.

Mitsubishi Outlander

It is one of those cars which don’t sell in big numbers, but should because it is such a good solution to the motoring needs of particularly families and entrepreneurs. It is also a pleasure to drive.

“The Mitsubishi Outlander is a luxury lifestyle vehicle in every sense of the word,” says Nic Campbell, General Manager for Mitsubishi Motors. “It’s spacious, comfortable and stylish with all the features customers expect in a vehicle of this calibre. The new design language gives it a fresh, bold appearance that truly illustrates the Outlander’s capabilities.”

The Outlander is fitted with a fully adjustable multi-function steering wheel with gearshift paddles and access to voice controls and hands-free Bluetooth phone functionality. The touch-screen audio display is user-friendly, and a separate display screen ensures all vehicle information is available to the driver at a glance. The Rockford Fosgate sound system is above par.

Distributed across three rows, the Outlander’s seven seats offer real comfort and many loading options. The second and third row seats can be folded completely flat, opening up an impressive amount of loading space.

The seats in the second row can slide 250mm forward which makes for easy access to the third row from either side of the vehicle.

Mitsubishi Outlander in profile at Moonlight Bay

Very good  ground clearance at 190mm makes it easy to get in and out of as the seat is hip high, and also very capable off tar.

I got 9.8ℓ/100km during the week that I drove it although Mitsubishi claims 8.2 ℓ/100km. The good news is the 2.4-litre 16-valve DOHC MIVEC petrol engine producing 123kW and 222 Nm really wafts you to your destination without ever breaking into a sweat. It is a superb touring car.

Power is delivered to all four wheels through Mitsubishi’s  INVECS-III Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) with a 6-step Sports Mode shift control. The CVT gearbox adapts to varying road conditions and power demands.

The Multi Select Four Wheel Drive system makes driving the Outlander in varying terrain easy. The system has three separate modes: Eco, Auto and Lock. In Lock mode under normal road conditions, priority is placed on performance. More torque is directed to the rear wheels than in 4WD Auto Mode to provide greater power off the line, better control when accelerating on gravel or loose surfaces, and enhanced stability at high speeds. This system works very well.

Outlander has a full Euro NCAP crash test five-star safety rating as it is equipped with all the crucial safety features, including Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), ABS brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (BAS), as well as Hill Start Assist (HSA) for tricky inclines.

Touring, space, driving long distances are this car’s forte. It is a family car in the tradition of the Ford Fairlane, Valiant Regal Safari, Borgward station wagon and Chevy Kommando of old. Space and place for everyone, power and good looks.

I found the Outlander a really nice car to live with. Highly recommended.

The new Mitsubishi Outlander costs R549 900 with a 3-year or 100 000 km warranty and a service plan for five years or 90 000 km.

Mitsubishi Outlander at Moonlight Bay

Competition includes Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback, Volvo V60 Cross Country and possibly the Mazda CX-5.

Mitsubishi Pajero review

Pajero-boesmanskloof-thumbMitsubishi Pajero LWB3.2 Di-DC GLS 4×4 Exceed (A/T) Diesel 

Mitsubishi have been building these Pajeros for long time now almost unchanged from the original. My brother-in-law has a 2005 model which has breezed through the Richtersveld, Kgaligadi, Kaokoveld and Delta and with which he is very happy. He drove the new model and thinks its the same as his. “Just as good!” he says. I think they have refined it a bit and made the small changes that owners asked for.

Most changes have been cosmetic, some for new safety standards. The dash is new, as is the sound/ display system to accommodate newfangled tech like USB and MP3. The rear door has changed quite a bit. Spare is now centred, the triangle etc housed behind a plastic panel and the door now has a gas strut to hold it open.

Otherwise its the original paj. The car many say Land Rover should have made the Defender station wagon. It can go anywhere, it is reliable and very comfortable.

Mitsubishi Pajero LWB in its element

Mitsubishi Pajero LWB in its element

Pajero is all about the ride and the journey. On highways she behaves like a big family saloon. You can cruise all day at the legal limit and never get tired. Acceleration is on tap and ready the moment you need to get a move on. The seats, steering position and finishes are all top drawer. It is in effect a luxury car which will take you to the edge of excitement.

Pajero-boesmanskloof-dash

Venture off the beaten track and she really comes into her element. The 4×4 and gear system is one of the best available. It is a tough versatile set up which allows you to adjust to your driving conditions without resorting to fancy fragile electronics. Fantastic. The automatic box coupled to this traction system is hard to beat.

The system is called Super Select 4wd and has 4 modes: 2H (2WD high range), 4H (4WD high range) like AWD, 4HLC (4WD with centre differential locked) and 4LLC (4WD LOW range with centre differential locked).

This vehicle is in a category above your normal 4×4 double cabs and derivatives like the Fortuner and Pajero Sport. Pajero matches and plays with the big boys.

You have 441Nm from 2000rpm and over a wide band, coupled with the 235mm ground clearance and good angles and very little will stop you.

Goodies to make travel more enjoyable include a Rockford Fosgate® Sound System with touch screen radio, climate control, cruise control, rear view camera, Multi-information Display (Compass, Barometer and Altimeter, Outside Temperature, Range to Empty and Average Fuel Consumption, Time and Date Display), full leather trim and so on.

It has removable 3rd row seats and heated front seats with electric control.

Outside equipment includes HID Headlamps with Automatic Levelling Function, Rear Park Distance Control, mudguards, fog lamps and more.

Safety features include ABS and EBS,  Active Stability and Traction Control, six airbags and keyless entry.

She tows up to 750kg with ease.

Mitsubishi 3.2 Di-DC GLS Exceed 4X4 A/T

Mitsubishi 3.2 Di-DC GLS Exceed 4X4 A/T

Summary

Seriously versatile and superbly capable, both offroad and onroad.

Best value for money in the family sized real 4×4 SUV niche.

The Pajero enjoys a deserved reputation of toughness and reliability.

We suggest you get the Exceed model.

A new Pajero is expected late in 2016.

Also look at Range Rover, MB Gelendewagen, Toyota Land Cruiser, Nissan Patrol, Discovery, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler.

Costs

The flagship 3.2 Di-DC GLS 4×4 Exceed (A/T) Diesel is R669 900 (as tested).

The workhorse 3.2 Di-DC GLS 4X4 A/T is  R649 900

3 Year/100,000km Manufacturer’s Warranty

5 Year/100,000km Maintenance Plan

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Affordable Mitsubishi Outlander GLX

Mitsubishi South Africa has launched a value-for-money model with a very competitively-priced GLX version of its Outlander.

Priced at R349 900 the new addition offers a high level of standard specification, including a Multi Select 4WD system (Electronically controlled on demand 2WD with 4WD and 4WD Lock on demand). It has a ground clearance of 215mm.

The specification of the GLX includes: rear park distance warning system, keyless operating system and electrically-operated exterior rear view mirrors, with safety equipment including automatic stability control (ASC), anti-skid brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EDB) and six airbags.

Both the GLX and GLS models are powered by a 2,4-litre petrol engine developing 125kW of power at 6 000r/min and 226Nm of torque at 4 100r/min. Drive goes to two or all four wheels via a 6-speed continuously variable transmission with Sports Mode.

The existing Outlander GLS, which costs R399 900, has additional equipment and a higher trim level than the GLX with a sunroof, hill start assist, leather seat trim and a Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers, CD/MP3 player and a 6-CD auto-changer.

Both Outlander models are covered by a 3-year/100 000km warranty and 3-year/60 000km maintenance plan, with servicing intervals every 15 000km.