The Mitsubishi Pajero is a nameplate that brings statement and authority in the Philippines. Immediately associated with the nameplate are congressmen, or perhaps a PNP director who somehow was able to buy a Toyota Land Cruiser for 1.5 Million Pesos in a Toyota dealer in Pampanga.
The new Mitsubishi Pajero, despite needing a generation change, is still able to withstand the test of time. The basic shape, for example. While it has been with us for a while now, it has aged gracefully, still looking elegant and authoritative, with an aura that commands presence when on the road. New for the 2015 model year is a revised front bumper with a chrome strip, making it look imposing, while the rear trunk door’s design has been streamlined, with the rear spare tire now integrated into the design. Should you wish to see the stars at night, a sunroof is now offered as standard. Meanwhile, the HID Headlamps and new, LED daytime running lights keep it’s front-end looking fresh and modern.
Inside, occupants are treated to a comfortable cabin, with a choice of black or beige full leather interior. Amazingly, the interior color choices have been perfectly matched with the available seat color choices. 10-way power driver and 4-way power passenger seats ensure that there is a perfect driving or sitting position for everyone.
A new, 6.5 inch color LCD touchscreen system has the capability to play DVD, Bluetooth Audio, USB, and other media sources. Bluetooth telephone keeps the driver’s eyes on the road, and a reverse camera should eliminate any possible blind spots when reversing in this big SUV.
While the looks and features have certainly changed, under the hood, it’s the opposite. Powertrain choices remain unchanged. The 3.8 liter MIVEC V6 petrol engine produces 250 hp and 329 Nm of torque, while the 3.2 liter DI-D inline-4 diesel engine produces 165 hp and 373 Nm of torque. Both are mated only to a 5-Speed INVECS-II Automatic Transmission with manual override.
Buyers of the Mitsubishi Pajero will be happy to know that there is no price increase. The 3.8 liter V6 petrol model is priced at P2,500,000, while the 3.2 liter diesel model is priced at P2,700,000.
There are two two-tone color choices available for the Pajero. Sapporo Silver II (Skylark Gray on Sapporo Silver) and Claysoil Beige II (Riviera Green on Claysoil Beige). The single-tone color choices, meanwhile, are Sapporo Silver, Quartz Brown Metallic, Slylark Gray, Rio Grande White, and Midnight Graphite.