headlights with swept up undersides.
06 October 2006.
Just a few days after Mitsubishi
Motors Corporation (MMC) gave its substantially
upgraded Pajero sports utility vehicle its world
debut at the 2006 Mondial de l'Automobile (Paris Motor
Show, September 30 to October 15), the Japanese brand
launched its model first at home before it reaches
world markets between this fall and the spring of 2007
The upgraded Pajero SUV - known as
the Montero in Spain and the Shogun in the UK - adds
to the specifications of its predecessor new features
and modifications for the engines, drive, gearboxes, a
new aluminium engine hood, new or enhanced equipment
and options, such as a new Rockford Acoustic Design
Premium Sound System, a rear view camera, optional
on-board navigation system with a 30GB hard disk drive
and a 7-inch LCD display, a new 3.2-liter 4-cylinder
diesel with common rail direct fuel injection (for
new lighter aluminium hood.
Petrol engines offer a 24-valve
SOHC 3.8-liter V6 MIVEC (short for Mitsubishi
Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system) or
a 3.0-litre V6 available from launch in Japan.
The enhanced Pajero retains its
ramp angles: an approach angle of 36.6-degrees
(36.7-degrees on the short body); breakover angle of
22.5-degrees (25.2-degrees) and departure angle of
In terms of safety, the Pajero gets
dual-stage SRS airbags for driver and front passenger,
new design front seatbelts with pretensioner and force
limiter, and side-impact and curtain airbags (standard
and optional equipment may differ depending on markets
tire mounting is moved down 50 mm to
improve rear-view visibility.
Model Lineup (Japanese
market launch first) - The Pajero continues to be
offered in 7-seater long and 5-seater short body
types. The long body (4900mm long, 1875mm wide, 1870mm
high, with a 2780mm wheelbase) comes in a total of
five trim levels: three upscale oriented - Super
Exceed, Exceed-X and Exceed - and two more active
lifestyle oriented (more basic) - ZR-S and ZR.
The short body (4385mm long, 1875mm
wide, 1850mm high, with a 2545mm wheelbase) is offered
in VR-II and VR-I trim levels. Exceed, ZR-S, ZR and
VR-I trim levels are offered with a basic package
specification that excludes high-end equipment and
dashboard boasts a powerfully shaped
Design - The new Pajero
front motif is further distinguished by headlights
with swept up undersides for better obstacle
avoidance. The large door mirrors come with integrated
indicator repeater and approach lamps that light up
the area around the front doors at night. The new
design mirror also feature a deflector on the
underside of the housing that helps to keep rain
flowing round onto the door window.
The tailgate backpack-style spare
tire garnish is retained. Housing the license plate,
rear-view camera and rear fog lamps the garnish is
centrally located to make the rear combination lamps
more clearly visible to following drivers.
The spare tire mounting has been
moved down 50 mm to lower the centre of gravity and to
improve rear-view visibility.
Information Display: at the top and in
the middle of the dashboard.
Interior - The dashboard
boasts a powerfully shaped cross section. Frequently
used controls have been made larger for better visual
location and to facilitate more accurate operation.
Located at the top and in the
middle of the dashboard is the Centre Information
Display that presents fuel economy, speed and other
vehicle operating status information, as well as
current altitude, atmospheric pressure and exterior
temperature. The display also shows in-car
entertainment system status, a clock, and a calendar.
(depending on versions).
As before, long body models are
fitted with a third row of seats that fold away under
the floor when not required. The head restraints also
stow neatly under the floor.
Built into the tailgate is a
generous two-tier storage box: the top section
provides free space for stowing a first-aid kit or
tissue box while the bottom section holds the
navigation system with a 30GB hard
disk and 7'' LCD display.
The new Pajero sports a new
Rockford Acoustic Design Premium Sound System (some
specifications are country- or region-specific)
comprising a 860 Watt amplifier, 12 speakers, a
digital signal processor (DSP) and a 5.1 channel
theatre surround system.
Mitsubishi's optional on-board
navigation system houses a 30GB hard disk drive with a
7-inch LCD display and uses dedicated LSI circuitry to
provide ultra-fast search and route finding
In the European market
specifications, diesel models are powered by a 3.2-liter
common-rail direct injection diesel engine that
clears Euro-4 emissions regulations and is 15% quieter
than its predecessor. Maximum output reaches 125kW(170
PS) and 373Nm for the automatic transmission versions,
and 118kW(160 PS) / 381 Nm for the manual
electronically-controlled Super Select
Petrol models are powered by the 3.8-liter
V6 24-valve SOHC MIVEC engine that produces a
maximum power output of 250 PS. It uses two different
camshaft profiles to vary intake valve lift and timing
for low and for mid-high engine speeds and a
dual-stage intake manifold to deliver three modes of
engine performance: low, mid- and high speed.
Another petrol version is available
in Japan with a 3.0-liter V6 24-valve engine.
Gearboxes - The new Pajero
mates the 3.8-liter V6 24-valve SOHC MIVEC engines
with INVECS-II 5-speed automatic transmissions
or to a 5-speed manual (Europe) and the 3.0-liter V6
24-valve SOHC ECI-Multi engines with INVECS-II 4-speed
automatic transmissions respectively. Both
transmissions have undergone fine tuning to match
shift scheduling to the higher engine power outputs
resulting in the more effective use of power and
better fuel economy.
3rd row of seats folds away under the
floor when not required.
For the first time, the Pajero uses
an automatic transmission fluid (ATF) warmer that
shortens the ATF warm-up period to allow earlier
torque converter lockup after a cold start and reduce
Drive system - The upgraded
Pajero uses the electronically-controlled Super Select
4WD II four-wheel driveline which offers four drive
modes: the 2H 2WD mode and three 4WD modes (4H, 4HLc
SS4-II locks the centre
differential for maximum drive torque over poor
surfaces. It allows the viscous coupling type centre
differential to automatically tailor its basic 33:67
Front-Rear torque split to suit different surfaces and
assistant: guides superimposed on the
rear view camera
The 2H mode (rear-wheel
drive) minimizes road friction losses to allow maximum
fuel economy and is also ideal for urban driving in
4H is the standard operating
mode for SS4 II drive system. It caters for a wide
range of conditions: driving around town, on
expressways or winding country roads; and driving over
packed snow, icy surfaces, flat dirt and other
4HLc locks the centre
differential so that drive is transmitted through all
four wheels when driving in soft snow, sand, dirt or
other high-resistance conditions.
4LLc mode locks the centre
differential and keeps the transmission in a low gear
to negotiate rocky terrain or swampy conditions where
extra drive is required.
Acoustic Design Premium Sound System.
The rear differential lock is a
factory-fitted option (not available on basic
packages) which eliminates the differential between
the rear wheels. In conjunction with the front/rear
centre differential lockup, this new feature helps the
driver extract his vehicle when bogged down in soft
ASTC - Mitsubishi upgraded
its Active Traction & Stability Control (ATSC)
system that regulates drive and braking force at each
wheel on an individual basis, to accommodate and work
with a rear differential lock.
The ASTC system is now capable of
detecting the operating status of the rear
differential lock. This allows both systems to be
installed at the same time and thereby extend Pajero's
off-road capabilities further still.
The new Pajero retains its
independent double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension
configuration. Improvements to spring, shock absorber,
stabilisers and rubber bushing characteristics have
reduced roll by 25% to improve handling and stability
and to make for a flatter and more comfortable ride.
Mitsubishi Pajero 3-door short body
Brakes, wheels and tyres -
Depending on versions, Pajero models ride on two
aggressively styled designs of 18-inch alloy road
wheel: a 10-spoke luxury-finish wheel or a sportier
6-spoke wheel. The wheels are shod with 265/60R18
Braking is by 17-inch disc brakes
with 4-pot opposing callipers for better stopping
capabilities and higher resistance to fade.
The Pajero built-in frame monocoque
body (unitary body or unibody) features further
improvements in reliability and durability. Measures
taken to boost body stiffness include more spot welds,
a stiffer cowl top, use of a higher grade high tensile
strength steel and structural adhesives.
Switching to aluminium has lowered
the weight of the engine hood by approximately 9 kg.
As well as reducing the body weight and improving the
front/rear weight distribution, this also makes
opening and closing the hood a much easier task.
Since the launch of the first
generation Pajero in 1982, more than 2.5 million units
have been produced.
In Japan, where Mitsubishi Motors
have just announced the Japanese market launch of the
Pajero, tax inclusive prices for short body models
range from 2,415,000 yen to 3,486,000 yen and for long
body models from 2,625,000 yen to 4,368,000 yen.