Mitsubishi Upgrades Outlander & Pajero
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11th November, 2005
Two of Mitsubishi’s popular models – Outlander and Pajero – have received upgrades to enhance their popularity.
The major changes to Pajero have been to the mid-range GLS model. It now gets chrome exterior mirrors (were black), front fog lamps, privacy glass, and rear spoiler added to the outside, as well as a powder coat finish added to the existing 16” alloys.
The entry model GLX gets a manual driver’s seat dual height adjustment and 6-CD in-dash stacker added, while the top-of-the-range Exceed gets powder coated 17” alloys, and the multi-media system has been upgraded with fully illuminated buttons, larger escutcheon, revised screen design and layout, as well as the latest Australian road map upgrade. The rear seat entertainment system is now standard in Exceed.
The 3.8 litre petrol engine is now Euro 3 compliant, and delivers 149kW of power at 5,000 rpm and 310Nm of torque at 3,250 rpm. The torquey 3.2 litre direct injection turbo diesel engine remains unchanged, and produces 121kW of power at 3,800 rpm and 373Nm or torque at a low 2,000rpm.
Pajero is a part-time 4WD with its acclaimed ‘Super Select’ 4WD system - combining both a full-time four-wheel drive mode with a selectable two-wheel drive mode – being arguably the best available. Combined with the other components of MATTÔ - the Active Stability Control (incorporating Active Traction Control) and Electronic Brake Assist – that are standard throughout the complete range – Pajero is still one of the best all-round 4WDs on the market today. Its civilised on-road manners and go-anywhere off-road capability have been benchmarks for the category for many years.
There have been changes to a couple of colour combinations, with Red Metallic replacing Medium Red Mica and Deep Blue (solid) replacing Deep Blue Mica.
Meanwhile, Outlander VR-X gains an in-dash multi-media entertainment unit that incorporates AM/FM audio, CD/DVD and MP3 player, satellite navigation and off-road navigation.
There has also been a minor change to the VR-X colour palette, with the unique Code Red colour being replaced by a striking Electric Blue.
Outlander is powered by a 2.4 litre 16-valve four-cylinder MIVEC (Mitsubishi’s variable valve timing system), that is mated to a four-speed INVECS II ‘Smart Logic’ automatic transmission with ‘Sports Mode’ tiptrontic-style sequential shifting mode. Drive is put to the ground through a full-time all-wheel drive system that is derived from the legendary Lancer Evolution, and incorporates a Viscous Coupling Unit to transfer drive to the rear wheels.
The striking VR-X styling is now even sportier with silver highlights added to the side skirts, and front and rear bumpers. And, a dual sunroof is now available on XLS and VR-X models for $2,000.
A new model Outlander has gone on sale in Japan. It will be introduced locally in 2006.
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