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Mitsubishi Pajero SUV
Design, technical and equipment upgrades

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV: front side view.

New 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 (UK).

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 Europe).

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV: wading through mud.

A 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 25-degrees (34.8-degrees).

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 and versions).

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV: back side view.

Spare 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 accessory items.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV: dashboard view 1.

The dashboard boasts a powerfully shaped cross section.

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.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV:dashboard view from the driver seat.

Centre 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 emergency triangle.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV: centre console.

Optional 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 capabilities.

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 transmission.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV: front seats side view.

5-speed automatic with electronically-controlled Super Select 4WD II.

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.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV: 7-seater view, leather trim.

The 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 friction losses.

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 and 4LLc).

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 conditions.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV: Reverse assistant: guides superimposed on the rear view camera image.

Reverse assistant: guides superimposed on the rear view camera image.

The 2H mode (rear-wheel drive) minimizes road friction losses to allow maximum fuel economy and is also ideal for urban driving in fine weather.

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 off-road conditions.

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.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV: Rockford Acoustic Design Premium Sound System.

Rockford 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 surfaces.

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.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV: short body version.

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero 3-door short body version.

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 tires.

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.

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