Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has announced the 2009 model year NT Pajero four-wheel drive range. The list of improvements is extensive but the engine upgrade definitely gets our attention.
Apart from the cabin and exterior refinements plus increased towing capacity and revised specifications, Mitsubishi has introduced an upgraded 3.2-litre turbo diesel engine across the entire range.
The new oil burner, also known as 4M41Common Rail DI-D, now produces 147kW of power (at 3,800 rpm) and 441Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. That’s an enormous 18 per cent increase in both power and torque over the outgoing diesel.
As is the case with modern technology, more power and more torque also means better fuel economy, in this case a 13 percent improvement.
Mitsubishi will also introduce a new five-speed automatic transmission with sports mode (also available as five-speed manual). Higher end specified models come withlock up and intelligent shift control.
If you’ve read our review of the 2008 Mitsubishi Pajero Diesel review, you’d know that we criticized the noisy engine, Mitsubishi says they have addressed this issue with the MY09.
The new model has an increased towing capacity (3,000 kg from the previous model’s 2,500 kg limit).
The broaden the Pajero range an entry level GL and the family oriented GLS variants have added to the range.
Safety is taken care of by Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), driver and passenger SRS airbags, an Anti-Lock Braking System with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and the Mitsubishi Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) system.
Five-door variants include:
The new GL model is only available with the new 3.2-litre diesel (with either a standard five-speed manual or optional new five-speed automatic transmission). Standard features include 17×7.5JJ steel wheels, fabric seat trim, an AM/FM CD player and either five or seven seats. Unfortunately side and curtain airbags (as well as a rear diff lock) are only available as options.
The middle child GLX variant is a carry over from the MY08 and like all other Pajeros in the five-door range, is available with either the petrol or diesel engine. Manual or optional automatic transmissions is available.
The all-new family orientated GLS model is available with either the diesel or the 3.8-litre V6 SOHC 24-valve petrol engine with MIVEC (Mitsubishi’s variable valve timing). With the family in mind, side and curtain airbags, rear air conditioning and side steps are all standard features.
From the outside fog lamps, body coloured exterior appointments and a newly designed full chrome grille finish off the package.
The Pajero VRX is also availble with either engine but only offered in automatic transmission. Features include full leather seat trim, power front seats, new front door trim and a lidded console, along with a rear diff lock on diesel variants.
You can also tick the Mitsubishi Multi Communication System (MMCS) which comes with a seven-inch colour touch screen with satellite navigation, reverse camera for improved safety, maintenance information, Bluetooth function and full iPod compatibility.
If you’re willing to go all out, the range topping Pajero Exceed come with nine-spoke 18×7.5JJ alloy wheels, a full chrome grille and bright highlights on the exterior, and new wood and leather steering wheel, patterned instrument panel and automatic light sensing headlamps and rain sensing wipers.
The MMCS system plus the Rockford Acoustic Design premium audio system and rear seat entertainment system come as standard meanwhile the electric slide and tilt sunroof is an optional extra.
If you’re after something smaller, the two three-door variants carry over from the previous Pajero line-up – the R and the X. Available in Petrol and Diesel (but only as Autos).
Check back first thing tomorrow for CarAdvice‘s first steer of the MY09 Pajero.