Best of all, prices have been trimmed across a new three-model range. The base GLX manual opens the batting at $50,990, plus on-road costs. The middle order GLS replaces both the GLX-R and VRX models, with a manufacturer's recommended list price of $58,990; while the Exceed automatic chimes in with a winning total of $65,990.
Peak power of 147 kW at 3800 rpm and 447 Nm of torque at 2000 revs puts the Pajero in the tough guy towing capacity of three tonnes with a braked trailer.
Standard safety equipment includes front driver and passenger airbags, side and curtain airbags, seat belt reminders, IsoFix child restraints and a reversing camera.
In a bid to add some sparkle, the somewhat bland body has been 'bling-ed' up with a new front bumper, front guards, side steps and rear deflector, chrome radiator grille, door handles and mirrors, plus privacy glass. The Pajero rolls on sturdy 18-inch alloy wheels. High intensity discharge headlamps and front LED daytime running lights now come as standard to help improve visibility.
The mid-range Pajero GLS test vehicle, which replaces the GLX-R and VRX models, gained the Mitsubishi Multi Communication System with satellite navigation, reversing sensors, rain sensing wipers and dusk sensing headlamps, while heated and power front seats and partial leather seat trim added comfort.
The Mitsubishi Pajero has a 3.2-litre common-rail, direct-injection turbo-diesel engine. It's mated with a five-speed, all synchromesh manual gearbox standard, or a five-speed automatic transmission, the latter comes with a Sports mode. The auto lets the driver switch between 2WD and 4WD modes at speeds of up to 100 km/h on almost all surfaces.
Off-road behaviour is impressive thanks to Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology (MATT) which delivers a high level of off-road accessibility and outstanding on-road safety and handling with standard rear differential lock. MATT also deals up Active Stability and Traction Control, ABS anti-skid braking with electronic brake force distribution.