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by Tim Beissmann

Mitsubishi Motors Australia has released the 2011 Mitsubishi Pajero range, with an emphasis on safety and on-board equipment.

Side and curtain airbags are now standard across the Pajero range, joining stability control, traction control, brake assist, EBD and multi-mode ABS.

Other upgrades for the 2011 model year include a reversing sensor and cargo blind for the GLS, while the VRX scores a 12-speaker Rockford premium audio package, high intensity discharge headlamps with auto leveling, rain-sensing wipers, headlamp washers, auto headlights and a cargo blind.

Mechanically speaking, the Pajero is still available as either a 3.2-litre direct-injection diesel with 147kW and 441Nm of torque and a 3.8-litre MIVEC V6 engine with 184kW and 329Nm.

Sales of the Pajero have been strong in 2010, with Mitsubishi delivering 5958 through the first 10 months of the year (compared with 4103 over the same period last year).

Overall, the Pajero ranks fifth in the medium SUV segment for sales this year, trailing the Toyota Prado and Kluger, Holden Captiva and Ford Territory.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Pajero range is now available at the following prices (RRP including GST and LCT where applicable but excluding registration, stamp duty and dealer delivery):

  • Pajero GL CDi manual – $50,460 (+ $1170 over the 2010 model)
  • Pajero GL CDi automatic – $53,460 (+ $1170)
  • Pajero GLX CDi manual – $55,190 (+ $900)
  • Pajero GLX CDi automatic – $58,190 (+ $900)
  • Pajero GLS petrol automatic – $60,590 (+ $2800)
  • Pajero GLS CDi manual – $59,590 (+ $1300)
  • Pajero GLS CDi automatic – $62,590 (+ $1300)
  • Pajero VRX petrol automatic – $66,990 (+ $1500)
  • Pajero VRX CDi automatic – $69,490 (+ $1500)
  • Pajero Exceed petrol automatic – $74,290 (no change)
  • Pajero Exceed CDi automatic – $76,790 (no change)



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