The Pajero from the Mitsubishi stable draws the same kind of attention on Indian roads as a Mercedes Benz, a BMW or a Lexus. The version of the Pajero that has been launched in India is the latest 3200cc inter-cooled, turbo-charged, diesel engine-fitted model called Pajero GLX, priced at around Rs 33.8 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The model is characterised by a muscular exterior styling bulging wheel arches and horizontally-straked doors. What is revolutionary about the vehicle is the monocoque (one-piece) construction chosen in place of a body-on-frame design to improve the dynamics, reduce weight and make for a roomier cabin. Its suspension is a totally independent set-up and the company's engineering team claims that the Pajero's handling is on a par with the Merc M-class.
The 3.2-litre CBU variant has a number of features, including some high-tech gadgets. For one, it has a monocoque body and belongs to a higher generation of Pajeros. It comes with an altimeter, barometer and even a compass. Seating is flexible and comes with a high degree of comfort. Air bags are standard for front passengers as well as for side impact.
Even the base model (GL) comes with power steering, though there's no central locking or air-conditioner. The top-of-the-line GLS model comes with a long list of accessories including, a six CD-changer with six speakers.
The CKD model to be assembled in India has a normal chassis platform and comes with a smaller 2.8 turbo diesel engine, which churns out 125bhp and can pull a massive 292Nm of torque. It comes with a new cyclone-type pre-air cleaner, which increases the intake of air while reducing that of dirt and water. The Super Select 4 x 4 system smoothly shifts through four driving modes to optimise torque transfer. The interiors come with every kind of luxury you could hope for.
Mitsubishi GLX variants:
Comprehensive technical specifications
|Specifications ||Pajero GLX (High) ||Pajero GLX (Middle) ||Pajero GLX (Low)|
| ||Sports Utility Vehicle ||Sports Utility Vehicle ||Sports Utility Vehicle|
|Antilock brake system ||Available ||Available ||n.a.|
|Front ||Ventilated Disc ||Ventilated Disc ||Ventilated Disc |
|Rear ||Ventilated Drum in Disc ||Ventilated Drum in Disc ||Ventilated Drum in Disc|
|Front track ||1560 mm ||1560 mm ||1560 mm|
|Ground clearance ||235 mm ||235 mm ||235 mm|
|Kerb weight ||2060 kgs. ||2060 kgs. ||2060 kgs.|
|Overall Height ||1855 mm ||1855 mm ||1855 mm|
|Overall Length ||4775 mm ||4775 mm ||4775 mm|
|Overall Width ||1845 mm ||1845 mm ||1845 mm|
|Rear track ||1560 mm ||1560 mm ||1560 mm|
|Tank capacity ||90 litres ||90 litres ||90 litres|
|Wheelbase ||2780 mm ||2780 mm ||2780 mm|
|Bore & Stroke ||n.a. ||n.a. ||n.a.|
|Brake Horse Power ||124 bhp @ 4000 rpm ||124 bhp @ 4000 rpm ||124 bhp @ 4000 rpm|
|Compression ratio ||n.a. ||n.a. ||n.a.|
|Construction ||n.a. ||n.a. ||n.a.|
|Cubic capacity ||3,200 cc ||3,200 cc ||3,200 cc|
|Fuel ||Diesel ||Diesel ||Diesel|
|Ignition ||Distributor type injection pump ||Distributor type injection pump ||Distributor type injection pump|
|Layout ||4 cylinder inline-Turbocharged ||4 cylinder inline-Turbocharged ||4 cylinder inline-Turbocharged|
|Torque ||29.8 kgm @ 2000 ||29.8 kgm @ 2000 ||29.8 kgm @ 2000|
|Valve gear ||2 valves per cylinder ||2 valves per cylinder ||2 valves per cylinder|
|Transmission ||Manual 5 speed ||Manual 5 speed ||Manual 5 speed|
|Type ||Four wheel drive ||Four wheel drive ||Four wheel drive|
|Type ||Power assisted Rack and pinion ||Power assisted Rack and pinion ||Power assisted Rack and pinion|
|Front ||Dual wishbone coil spring suspension and stabilizer bar ||Dual wishbone coil spring suspension and stabilizer bar ||Dual wishbone coil spring suspension and stabilizer bar|
|Rear ||Multi link coil spring suspension and stabilizer bar ||Multi link coil spring suspension and stabilizer bar ||Multi link coil spring suspension and stabilizer bar|
|Wheels & Tyres|
|Tyres ||265/70R 16 ||235/80R 16 ||235/80R 16 |
|Wheel make ||Alloy ||Pressed Steel ||Pressed Steel|
|Wheel size ||16 x 7.0JJ ||16 x 6.0JJ ||16 x 6.0JJ |