Manila Rent-A-Car: Mitsubishi Pajero For Hire
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The Mitsubishi Pajero is a sport utility vehicle manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors. It was named after Leopardus pajeros, the Pampas Cat which inhabits the Patagonia plateau region in southern Argentina. Mitsubishi Motors in the Philippines took an early lead in the 4X4 sweepstakes way back in the late 1980’s with its introduction of the first generation, long wheel base, high-roof Mitsubishi Pajero. Pajero was the first SUV in the Philippines to be tagged as a status symbol. The next generation Pajero was introduced as Mitsubishi Montero Sports SUV model in 2009, a medium-sized SUV with a ladder-type chassis that is available with either a 4X2 or a 4X4 drivetrain. There are three variants available: the basic Montero Sport GLS 4X2, the mid-range Montero Sport GLS 4X4, and the top-of-the-line Montero Sport GLS SE 4X4.
- Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed auto and 5-speed auto
- Engines: 4M41 3.2 Di-D, 6G72 3.0 V6, 6G75 3.8 V6, diesel
- Torque: 441Nm @ 2000rpm
- Power: 147kW @ 3800rpm
- Seating Capacity: 6 passengers
- Suspension: Front: Independent – double wishbone coil spring and stabiliser bar, Rear: Independent – multi–link coil spring and stabiliser bar
- Safety: ABS, EBD, BA, ESC, TC
- Airbags: Dual front and side airbags
Pajero’s new four cylinder turbo-diesel powerplant is a Common Rail design which injects fuel into the combustion chamber at very high pressure – this ensures excellent throttle response, enhanced fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions. Code-named the 4M41, the engine delivers 147kW of power at 3,800 rpm and 441Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm – both figures are 18 per cent better than the superseded diesel.
The Rockford Fosgate stereo is brilliant, and quite easy to set up using Mitsubishi’s Multi Communication System (MMCS), which is a touchscreen that controls radio, SatNav, DVD, reversing camera (which has a fantastically wide angle) and other functions. The boot mounted subwoofer adds to the punchiness on offer, too. Dynamically, the Pajero is fairly good for a large four-wheel-drive. Aside from the steering, it turns in without too much fuss, and handles quite well, exhibiting body roll as you would expect and keeping a predictable neutral-to-understeer balance the whole way through cornering.