A strong contender
Family-friendly crossover SUV’s have become a hot trend in recent years and for good reason- they are affordable and reliable and can easily accommodate the whole family but this means that there’s a small segment in the market that’s being pushed aside. That is the more robust and rowdy SUV’s that don’t shy away from any obstacle that isn’t family-friendly or in a controlled environment. Threatened with extinction, the Mitsubishi Pajero is one of the last surviving ‘gritty SUV’s’ and is holding up the metaphorical flag proudly. With many Dakar titles and accolades to their name, I think they are a great representative of this off-roading go-getter.
What makes it unique is the fact that it is a resilient SUV but a SUV for the family nonetheless. It’s feral and untamed which means the family can go and have a holiday in the most secluded and wildest destinations around. Available in a Short Wheel and Long Wheel Base, the Pajero gives clients the opportunity to choose between a 5-seater and a 7-seater but it still houses a hearty engine with a ridicules amount of horses under the hood to drag its boxy body where you want it to go. If you’re looking for an unrefined and rowdy family car (and no that’s not a paradox), the Mitsubishi Pajero is the vehicle for you.
The Pajero kind of reminds me of my old high school gym teacher- always clad in sports apparel with an impassive face. Obviously the Pajero doesn’t wear any clothing nor does it have a meaty face to make expressions but it does share the similarity of athleticism and domineering, enough to make a grown woman gulp and hide a smile of excitement. Its sportiness is evident thanks to its sheer size and features such as the 18–inch alloy wheels and pitch-black roof rails. The HID headlights are enhanced with an Automatic Headlamp Beam, Daytime Running and Automatic Levelling. Furthermore, this short wheel based vehicle has Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers, Fog Lamps, a headlight washer, Electrically Controlled Side Mirrors with a Folding Function, Privacy Glass and a Glass Sun Roof.
Keeping it lavish and up-to-date, the Pajero has a five-way powered driver seat, two-way powered passenger seat (which are both heated, might I add) and a leather/wooden combo multi-functional steering wheel which has audio and cruise control. It’s trimmed with a full-leather interior, including on the transmission, and the seats are cushy enough to soak up minor lumps and bumps from down-under. As it’s a short wheelbase, space in the cabin has obviously been compromised, but Mitsubishi had a few tricks up their sleeve (like nailing the spare wheel to the outside instead of burying it in the boot) to provide clients with plenty of space and memorable moments. The simplistic cabin outlay also ensures a laid-back and comfortable atmosphere.
Visibility is excellent thanks to giant front windows (a good view of monstrous sand dunes or rocky mountains should be appreciated, right?) Although the rear passengers might feel a little left out as their windows are pop-open but the Pajero makes up in other offerings such as space and connectivity so you don’t have to fret about anyone lacking in fun and entertainment. It also helps that the ride will be comfortable thanks to sufficient space for passengers to enjoy in the head, knee as well as leg department.
The touchscreen infotainment system although a bit old-fashioned, it’s still rather easy to use and is equipped with Bluetooth Connectivity with Hands-free Voice Control, a , CD and MP3 player, a USB and accessory socket and a Rockford Fosgate Sound System. For your convenience, the Pajero also has a rearview camera, automatic air conditioning in the front, manual air conditioning in the rear, Rear Park Distance Control and smart electric windows with an anti-trapping function, All Windows Auto Up/Down as well as a Key-off Timer. Safety features such as 6 Airbags (Driver, Passenger, Seat and Side Curtains), RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) RI Body Construction, Active Stability and Traction Control, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), BAS (Brake Assist System, an alarm and engine immobilizer, Keyless Entry with Central Locking and ISOFIX child seat anchorage have all been included to provide you with a safe journey, no matter where you might find yourself.
This 3.2-litre DOHC Intercooled Turbocharged engine produces 140kW of power and 441Nm of torque which it utilizes every drop off to provide its clients with a strong and willing vehicle that is more than capable. Although not ideally suited, the Pajero can be used for day-to-day driving in the city thanks to factors such as the impressive ground clearance and accurate steering means it will do well in these environments as well.
Four driving modes mean it’s extremely versatile and offers a driving experience that you can alter to your preference. It has plenty of aids like traction control and a diff lock to get you through even the harshest of tracks and terrains and 36.7 and 34.8-degree departure angles mean that your bumper will live to see the end of the journey.
The intuitive suspension and massive tyres do a good job at absorbing cratery terrain in the bush that that means that it will do just fine with the city’s pothole (although I’ve seen a few that want me to beg to differ). What I like about the Pajero and why I think it has become so popular among us women, is the fact that Pajero has gone and made a vehicle that’s easy to drive and perfect to take off the beaten track and I think it’s about due time they did because we don’t want to be missing out on the fun.
Where to find it
If this pert Pajero has caught your attention, visit www.mitsubishi.co.za today!
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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler