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by David Zalstein

The Mitsubishi Pajero has been updated with a diesel-only range and five-star safety leading the changes.

With the deletion of the 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine from the line-up, all four Mitsubishi Pajero variants are exclusively powered by the 3.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit.

Delivering 147kW at 3800rpm and 441Nm at 2000rpm, the oiler claims fuel consumption figures of 8.4 litres per 100km when tied to the five-speed manual transmission and 9.0L/100km for the five-speed auto.

The update also sees the SUV’s ANCAP safety rating increase from four to a maximum five stars.

With Mitsubishi’s RISE body protection, front driver and passenger, side and curtain airbags, and seat belt reminders carried over from the previous model, standard safety equipment now includes a reversing camera and, from July, ISOFIX child restraints.

Mitsubishi Pajero GLX

The entry-level, five-seat Pajero GLX – $50,990 (man) and $53,990 (auto) – receives a front skid plate, rear fog lights, roof rails, wheel arch flares and 17-inch alloy wheels. A secure spare wheel cover and power mirrors complete the exterior package.

Inside, the GLX (pictured above) features a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, automatic climate control, and a six-speaker single CD audio system with iPod/USB/AUX inputs and Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming.

Priced at $55,990 (man) and $58,990 (auto), the seven-seat Pajero GLX-R (pictured below) lifts the exterior styling with front fog lights, colour-coded exterior door mirrors and handles, a rear tailgate spoiler and integrated side steps.

Mitsubishi Pajero GLX-R

Front mud guards and a black door sash are also included as is automatic climate control for front passengers and manual air-conditioning for those in the rear.

The seven-seat Pajero VRX at $63,990 is now an auto-only proposition, with Mitsubishi Australia dropping the manual variant due to low sales volume.

Distinguishing the mid-range VRX (pictured below) is a chrome radiator grille, privacy glass, exterior door mirrors with turn signals and puddle lamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Automatic dusk-sensing headlights, headlight washers, and rain-sensing wipers also feature.

The interior is upgraded with partial leather seat trim, power adjustable heated front seats, and leather-look material on the console and door trims and floor.

Mitsubishi Pajero VRX

The flagship Pajero Exceed (pictured top) is now $2500 more to get into with the $73,990 automatic diesel model taking over as the sole top-spec variant thanks to Mitsubishi’s decision to discontinue the $71,490 petrol-powered automatic option.

Making the premium Exceed look the part on the outside are high intensity discharge (HID) headlights, front fog lights with chrome bezels and chrome highlights on the door mirrors, handles and side strips.

The premium theme continues into the cabin with leather seat trim, wood print- highlighted steering wheel and trim panels and an 860-watt, 12-speaker Rockford acoustic design audio system and 9-inch DVD rear seat entertainment system with two wireless headphones.

Pajero Exceed and VRX trim levels also receive Mitsubishi’s Multi Communications System (MMCS) with satellite navigation – previously reserved for the Exceed – as well as rear parking sensors.

All Mitsubishi Pajero variants come with keyless entry as standard, along with Mitsubishi’s all-terrain technology (MATT), comprising stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and Super Select II 4WD that allows drivers to alternate between 2WD and 4WD modes.

A rear differential lock is also standard equipment and the Pajero’s 3000kg braked towing capacity is unchanged.

The colour palette also remains untouched with seven colours on offer – White; Cool Silver; Graphite Grey; Champagne; Ironbark; Warm White; and pearlescent Pitch Black.

The updated Mitsubishi Pajero is covered under the Japanese manufacturer’s five-year/130,000km new vehicle warranty and its capped-price servicing program. The latter sees the first four years or 60,000km worth of services, scheduled every 15,000km, range from $395 to $645 for a total of $2330.

A maximum five years roadside assist is also available.

Mitsubishi Pajero manufacturer’s price list:
Mitsubishi Pajero GLX five seat manual – $50,990
Mitsubishi Pajero GLX five seat automatic – $53,990
Mitsubishi Pajero GLX-R seven seat manual – $55,990
Mitsubishi Pajero GLX-R seven seat automatic –$58,990
Mitsubishi Pajero VRX seven seat automatic – $63,990
Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed seven seat automatic – $73,990