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Published on September 15th, 2010 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Pajero Returns To Malaysia This September

The granddaddy of the SUV segment, the Mitsubishi Pajero, is coming to Malaysia (remember the Pajero LO47 which we still see in service with PDRM and JPJ). First introduced in Japan in late 2007, its arrival here seems late but never just too late as we in Malaysia are quite used to getting cars late after our neighbours like Singapore and Thailand have them in their showrooms. Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia is set to launch the model NT Pajero which made its global debut almost 3 years ago in 2 weeks time. This updated Pajero comes with a number of changes, most notably upgraded engines. Outputting more power and torque, the 3.2-litre turbo diesel engine provides smooth power delivery. Carrying the popular ‘Exceed’ branding we hope, this Pajero will be sold with a 5-speed automatic transmissions only.

The new 3.2-litre turbo diesel engine is at the heart of the changes to the new Pajero, now producing 147kW of power @ 3800rpm and 441Nm of torque @ 2000rpm. This is an 18% improvement in both power and torque over the former diesel model.

Fuel efficiency on the diesel engine has been improved by 13% as well. The 3.8-litre V6 engine pushes out 184kW @ 6000rpm and 329Nm @ 2750rpm.

Switching between high and low speed cam profiles to drive the twin intake valves, the Pajero’s 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine produces a very flexible power delivery with on-road relaxed performance across the full rev range. This engine is also Euro 4 compliant. A full test drive report will come soon after the launch.

Some of the other changes to the new Pajero include an updated cabin and improved sound absorbing materials aimed at providing occupants with a more relaxing journey and “increased driving pleasure” for all occupants. At the top of the new Pajero range is the Exceed model which will be fiited with 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome highlights on the exterior to communicate its luxury appointments and plenty of wood veneer and leather coverings in the cabin.

The Pajero Exceed also gets automatic light sensing headlamps and rain sensing wipers, an MMCS system which is integrated with a Rockford Acoustic Design premium audio system and a rear seat entertainment DVD system all as standard. This is set to be confirmed on the 23rd of September 2010 when it will be officially launched in our Malaysia market. Selling price will not be cheap as this is not a 2nd rate AFTA made SUV but a built in Japan product.

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