Va­lue, sty­le and a­bi­li­ty

George Herald - Southern Cape Property Guide & Auto Dealer - - Voorblad - (G­len Hill is motoring e­di­tor of The Ci­ti­zen)

The new Mit­subis­hi Pa­je­ro of­fers a cor­nu­co­pia of fe­a­tu­res and be­ne­fits to the po­ten­ti­al o­w­ner. Our col­le­a­gues ha­ve high prai­se for the va­lue pro­po­si­ti­on which puts it on par with so­me well-kno­wn and pri­cy com­pe­ti­ti­ors.

Mit­subis­hi de­bu­ted Pa­je­ro S­port at Ky­a­la­mi last month. They did them­sel­ves a dis­ser­vi­ce. Hid­den in all the clut­ter of a motoring fes­ti­val was one of the fi­nest off-ro­ad dri­vet­rains I ha­ve ex­pe­rien­ced.

For­tu­na­te­ly so­meo­ne at Mit­subis­hi must ha­ve un­der­stood this was a sy­stem that nee­ded to be ex­pe­rien­ced and set up an op­por­tu­ni­ty for us.

Ob­vi­ous­ly all off-ro­ad de­mon­stra­ti­ons set up by a ma­nu­fac­tu­rer are con­stru­ed to a gre­a­ter or les­ser ex­tent. One is hard­ly li­ke­ly to set your own vehi­cle up for fai­lu­re.

Ho­we­ver, the cour­se set up for the Pa­je­ro S­port was chal­len­ging by any stan­dards. All the sa­me, it ma­de it through all the chal­len­ges. Most se­ri­ous 4x4s would pro­ba­bly ha­ve do­ne so. But the most sig­ni­fi­cant di­men­si­on to the Pa­je­ro’s a­chie­vement was how well the vehi­cle a­chie­ved it.

P­ri­ced at un­der R600 000, the Pa­je­ro S­port ac­tu­al­ly slots in at the lo­wer end of the lar­ge SUV ran­ge. It went a­bout its bu­si­ness li­ke so­me vehi­cles of twi­ce the pri­ce.

BALANCE

The se­cret I be­lie­ve lies in how Mit­subis­hi ha­ve ma­na­ged to balance all as­pects con­tri­bu­ting to off-ro­ad per­for­man­ce.

The new Pa­je­ro S­port is po­we­red by Mit­subis­hi’s ne­w­ge­ne­ra­ti­on hig­hper­for­man­ce MIVEC 4-cy­lin­der tur­bo die­sel en­gi­ne pro­du­cing 133kW at 3 500rpm. Cru­ci­al­ly though, 430Nm of tor­que is a­vai­la­ble at 2 500rpm.

Add to this first part of the re­ci­pe the 8-speed au­to­ma­tic trans­mis­si­on, with in­tel­li­gent shift con­t­rol and a much lo­wer than pre­vi­ous­ly dri­ve ra­tio through the trans­fer box and dri­ve was ne­ver a pro­blem.

The Pa­je­ro S­port be­ne­fits furt­her from Mit­subis­hi’s Su­per Se­lect 4-II 4WD sy­stem, which now bo­as­ts e­lec­tro­nic off-ro­ad as­sis­tan­ce as well. This ba­si­cal­ly i­rons out the tor­que de­li­very to the w­heels, en­su­ring the vehi­cle does not bog or slip, both fac­tors ma­king for smoot­her and mo­re com­pe­tent tra­ver­sing of rough ter­rain. The vehi­cle’s a­bi­li­ty to pull off on a steep in­cli­ne off-ro­ad is ex­tra­or­di­na­ry and the o­ver­ri­ding im­pres­si­on w­hen off-ro­a­ding is that the vehi­cle is un­stres­sed, which le­a­ves the dri­ver fee­ling the sa­me.

AD­DI­TI­O­NAL SA­FE­TY

Hill-des­cent con­t­rol (HDC) has been ad­ded for ad­di­ti­o­nal sa­fe­ty w­hen on dan­ge­rous ground. This too is ex­tre­me­ly e­a­sy to use, on­ce enga­ged, by way of bra­ke and thrott­le. It ne­ver thre­a­tens to let the vehi­cle run a­way.

Bra­ke tem­pe­ra­tu­re is al­so mo­ni­to­red and the dri­ver in­for­med if a full stop is re­com­men­ded. In ad­di­ti­on, the se­lec­ta­ble off-ro­ad mo­de max­i­mi­ses tracti­on on unse­a­led sur­fa­ces.

The ad­di­ti­o­nal e­lec­tro­nic as­sis­tan­ce al­lows the dri­ver to se­lect either a gra­vel, mud or snow, sand or rock set­ting to suit sur­fa­ce con­di­ti­ons and op­ti­mi­se en­gi­ne out­put, trans­mis­si­on set­tings and bra­king for su­pe­ri­or tracti­on.

Add the locka­ble re­ar dif­fe­ren­ti­al and the Pa­je­ro S­port will ta­ke you a­ny­w­he­re you mig­ht re­a­lis­ti­cal­ly want to go in the ut­most com­fort.

Per­forms li­ke so­mething twi­ce the pri­ce

The smooth 8-speed au­to­ma­tic trans­mis­si­on al­so of­fers a s­port mo­de with ma­nu­al shif­ting and pad­d­le shifts be­hind the s­teer­ing w­heel. This gi­ves the dri­ver full con­t­rol for sports dri­ving on twis­ty ro­ads, long des­cents and in u­nu­su­al to­wing con­di­ti­ons.

STY­LING

Sty­ling has been chan­ged sig­ni­fi­cant­ly and per­haps so­me of the Pa­je­ro dis­tincti­ve­ness has been lost, but that is the fu­tu­re, ask any Hi­lux fan.

LED dri­ving lamps with au­to le­vel­ling and DRLs, in­clu­ding a he­ad­lamp was­her for the 4WD ver­si­on, are stan­dard fe­a­tu­res, whi­le an LED high-moun­ted re­ar­stop lamp on the tail­ga­te pro­vi­des ad­di­ti­o­nal sa­fe­ty.

In li­ne with its Pa­je­ro her­i­ta­ge, the ne­w­co­mer bo­as­ts dou­ble wishbo­ne coil springs with a sta­bi­li­zer bar in the front and mul­ti-link sus­pen­si­on with sta­bi­li­ser bar in the back.

The qui­et dri­ve, thanks to its strong lad­der-fra­me de­sign which ab­sorbs all le­vels of NVH, gi­ves the new Pa­je­ro S­port a big se­dan car­li­ke ri­de and hand­ling.

The new Pa­je­ro S­port has a re­spec­ta­ble tur­ning ci­r­cle of just 11,2m which ma­kes it e­a­sy e­nough to de­al with in the ur­ban spa­ce.

The high-qua­li­ty feel of the luxu­ri­ous in­te­ri­or of­fers good com­fort and spa­ce with ge­ne­rous he­ad and leg room as well as stora­ge, lug­ga­ge or s­port e­quip­ment spa­ce for the mo­re ad­ven­tu­rous.

Soft-feel le­at­her se­ats furt­her en­han­ce the qua­li­ty feel of the new Pa­je­ro S­port. The dri­ver’s se­at is e­lec­tri­cal­ly ad­jus­ta­ble.

The se­cond row of se­ats of­fers a 60:40 split with tum­ble, re­cli­ning and s­li­ding functi­on with cen­t­re arm­rest and cup hol­ders.

The thi­rd row of se­ats folds flat in­to the floor to mi­ni­mi­se in­tru­si­on in­to the car­go spa­ce w­hen not in use.

CREATURE COMFORTS

Dri­ver com­fort is im­pro­ved with a tilt and te­les­co­pic s­teer­ing w­heel with pad­d­le shifts, re­ar park dis­tan­ce con­t­rol with a re­ar­view ca­me­ra, du­al au­to­ma­tic air con­di­ti­o­ning with re­ar pas­sen­ger tem­pe­ra­tu­re con­trols and an e­lec­tric par­king bra­ke.

Ot­her stan­dard fe­a­tu­res, a­mong ma­ny ot­hers, in­clu­de a key­less o­pe­ra­ting sy­stem with e­lec­tro­nic start functi­on, mul­ti-functi­on le­at­her s­teer­ing w­heel with au­dio and crui­se con­t­rol, Blu­e­tooth with hands-free voi­ce con­t­rol and fold-a­way e­lec­tric door mir­rors in­cor­po­ra­ting turn in­di­ca­tors.

Sig­ni­fi­cant pas­sen­ger pro­tecti­on fe­a­tu­res cou­pled with Mit­subis­hi’s Rein­for­ced Im­pact Sa­fe­ty E­vo­lu­ti­on (Ri­se) bo­dy con­structi­on ha­ve e­ar­ned the new Pa­je­ro S­port the max­i­mum sco­re in the Aus­tra­li­an An­cap sa­fe­ty test - a ra­ting of 5 stars. Stan­dard built-in sa­fe­ty fe­a­tu­res which in­clu­de acti­ve sta­bi­li­ty and tracti­on con­t­rol (ASTC), an­ti­lock bra­king sy­stem (ABS), E­lec­tro­nic Bra­ke­for­ce Dis­tri­bu­ti­on (EBD), bra­ke as­sist sy­stem (BAS), bra­ke o­ver­ri­de sy­stem and six ai­r­bags for the dri­ver, pas­sen­ger and si­de cur­tain ai­r­bags, round off the sa­fe­ty packa­ge.

Hill des­cent con­t­rol and the new e­lec­tro­nic of­fro­ad mo­de con­t­rol add ad­di­ti­o­nal sa­fe­ty be­ne­fits to im­pres­si­ve off-ro­ad per­for­man­ce.

VA­LUE

Dusk-sen­sing he­ad­lamps, rain-sen­sing windscreen wipers, an e­lec­tro­nic chro­ma­tic re­ar-view mir­ror, an LED high-moun­ted stop lamp on the tail­ga­te and a re­ar view ca­me­ra all add to the im­pres­si­ve list of sa­fe­ty fe­a­tu­res.

“So­mething that adds hu­ge va­lue to the new Pa­je­ro S­port is the fact that ma­ny ad­ded-va­lue fe­a­tu­res are stan­dard as op­po­sed to most com­pe­ti­tors w­he­re it at­tracts an ex­tra cost,” says Mit­subis­hi SA ge­ne­ral ma­na­ger, Nic Camp­bell.

“If it’s va­lue for mo­ney you cra­ve, you’d be hard pres­sed to look beyond the keen­ly p­ri­ced and well-e­quip­ped Pa­je­ro S­port 4WD de­ri­va­ti­ve.”

“We are con­fi­dent that the new Pa­je­ro S­port will fit in ni­ce­ly with our ex­is­ting pro­duct li­ne-up and cu­s­to­mer ba­se, whi­le lu­ring new li­fe­sty­le cu­s­to­mers with its so­phi­sti­ca­ted car-li­ke dri­ving dy­n­a­mi­cs, luxu­ri­ous com­fort and e­le­gant sty­le as well as its ad­mi­ra­ble off-ro­ad re­pu­ta­ti­on.”

DETAIL

Pa­je­ro S­port 2,4 D4 MIVEC 2WD 8-speed A/T - R569 995 and Pa­je­ro S­port 2,4 D4 MIVEC 4WD 8-speed A/T - R599 995.

The Mit­subis­hi Pa­je­ro S­port has a three y­e­ar or 100 000km ma­nu­fac­tu­rer’s war­ran­ty and a fi­ve y­e­ar or 90 000km ser­vi­ce plan with 10 000km ser­vi­ce in­ter­vals.

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