The Mitsubishi Pajero is one of the most common sights on the roads and in the desert. Over time, this iconic SUV has almost become a part of the Arabian landscape. The Mitsubishi Pajero was first revealed to the masses back in 1981 and was then officially launched a year later. This Mitsubishi off-roader also goes by names such as the Montero, and Shogun is some parts of the world.
The Pajero is presently in its fourth generation which first appeared on the car scene over a decade ago. However, tiny design changes and hardware improvements mean that it is now more capable and popular than before. The main rivals for the 2019 Mitsubishi Pajero are the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Nissan Pathfinder, Chevrolet Trailblazer, and Kia Mohave.
The changes made to the exterior of the 2019 Mitsubishi Pajero are negligible over its predecessor. It is, however, a boxy, old-school SUV with its tough body-on-frame chassis. The Pajero’s tall, wide stance means that it commands respect out on the open road and narrow alleys. The front gets a large chrome grille, big xenon projector headlights, and a beefy bumper with integrated LED DRLs, fog lights, and a skid plate.
The large, flared fenders and muscular body cladding portrays a sense of dynamism and solidity along the sides. Also seen here are the stylish 18-inch alloys, side running boards, wide rear haunches, sturdy roof rails, and some really big windows. The rear fascia is dominated by the large rear glass, equally large spare tire housing, a rear skid plate, and the clear lens taillights.
The Mitsubishi Pajero (5-door) comes in at 4.900 meters in length, 1.875 meters in width, 1,870 meters in height, and has a wheelbase of 2.780 meters. With the third row of seats out of the way, the total cargo volume is over 1,000 liters.
Owing to its large, boxy proportions, the interior of the 2019 Mitsubishi Pajero offers loads of room for occupants and cargo, alike. Irrespective of whether you choose the 3-door/5-seat or 5-door/7-seat version of the Pajero, usable space won’t be a concern. The seats are large and comfortable enough to accommodate everyone, and they can be moved about to create more space and flexibility.
The cabin does get some soft-touch surfaces, textures, and even faux wood trim, but this is far from a premium SUV. However, the overall build quality and fit & finish are nothing to smear at, as fittings are built to last. Features-wise, the 2019 Pajero gets automatic climate control, leather upholstery, large electric sunroof, xenon headlights, power-operated front seats, cruise control, a cool box, and a Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system with 12 speakers.
Safety tech on the Mitsubishi Pajero comes in the form of 6 airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, electronic stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring system, parking sensors with a rearview camera, and ISOFIX mounts. Also included are a rear-differential lock, selectable 4WD system, and some skid plates.
Engine and performance
The 2019 Mitsubishi Pajero is available with 3.5 and 3.8-liter V6 engines, and both come mated to a 5-speed automatic. While the smaller engine makes 184 HP and 303 Nm, the 3.8 produces 250 HP and 330 Nm of torque.
Sending power to all four wheels, the Pajero can touch 100 km/h in 10.8 seconds, and hit a top speed of 200 km/h. Fuel consumption figures range between 13.0-13.5L/100 km.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Pajero starts at AED 96,900 for the base 3.5L 5-door version, and tops out at AED 130,000 for the fully-loaded 3.8L with 5 doors. Insurance premium ranges between AED 2,180 to AED 2,925.