The History of the legendary Pajero LWB

The fantastic history of the legendary Mitsubishi Pajero LWB is definitely one of true off-road and safari nature. From its origins as a short wheelbase, long wheelbase variants were introduced approximately a year after its production initialised in July 1983.
The inspiration behind the design was to have the appearance of a leopard found in the wild areas of the South American Andes mountain range, between Argentina and Chile. This symbolism would reflect the wild concept and outdoor spirit that Pajero represented.

With its introduction in the 1980s, the Jeep version of the Mitsubishi struggled to gain market share with international markets as there were some licensing issues with Willy’s that made it difficult to break ground in overseas markets.

The combination of luxury and adventure lifestyle was the main target market, it was a true competitor amongst enthusiasts in 1980s Japan. The appeal of its rugged capability made the vehicle a true item that would soon be introduced to the …

Mitsubishi Outlander 2019 review

Mitsubishi must have a thing for old cars. The Lancer, Pajero and ASX are all now much older than most other car companies would tolerate without them being given at least a vigorous going-over, if not replacing them completely.

The Mitsubishi Outlander is, comparatively speaking, a spring chicken, at just six years since its launch. That said, the pace of improvements has picked up over the past 24 months as new or updated competitors pile into the market.

This car has a couple of important things going for it; it’s cheap, and it also has a bang up-to-date plug-in hybrid model, the PHEV.

And as the MY19 Outlander has now arrived, virtually straight after the MY18.5, we thought it time for a good old fashioned shakedown.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The Outlander has always been reasonable value and is probably the best-value seven-seat SUV out there, with the departure of the Holden Captiva. Though I would argue it already held that title,…

2019 Mitsubishi Triton in Adventure trim

Following its appearance at the recent Kuala Lumpur InternationalMotor Show (KLIMS 18), the refreshed Mitsubishi Triton is currently on display at My Town Shopping Centre from December 7-9. This time, we are allowed inside the pick-up truck, giving us our first look at the Malaysian-spec interior that customers will get when the model is launched in the first quarter of 2019. The unit you see here wears the Adventure trim (based on the badging) – similar to the one at KLIMS – and features exterior items like slim projector headlamps, 18-inch six twin-spoke alloy wheels with 265/60 profile tyres, chrome side mirror caps and door handles, LED tail lights, reverse camera, keyless entry, side steps, as well as front and rear parking sensors. Meanwhile, the interior equipment list includes a leather-wrapped, multi-function, four-spoke steering wheel; multi-info coloured instrument display; dual-zone climate control with rear ceiling vents; touchscreen infotainment system; leather upholstery;…

Mitsubishi ASX Sport edition adds colour and tech

Mitsubishi has taken some of that orange and black flavouring that it applied to the Triton ‘Athlete’ special edition and applied it to a new range-topping Mitsubishi ASXedition called the Sport.
The ASX Sport is based on the GLX model and sells for the same base price, but according to Mitsubishi it adds R30 000 worth of extras.
Most notably, it adds an upgraded infotainment system that is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As before, the factory-fitted 17.8cm touchscreen infotainment system also features satellite navigation and Bluetooth.

On the outside, the Sport has been dressed up with a number of styling accessories, including a Sport decal set that consists of various black and orange strips as well as carbon fibre inserts.
The special edition can be ordered with either white or grey exterior paint, and in both cases, it rolls on a set of gloss black alloy wheels.

As with the GLX it’s based on, the Sport features a lengthy list of standard features, including…

Mitsubishi Outlander LS 2018 new car review

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander there’s a new twin-blade grille with black mesh insert and silver garnish and new front bumper as well as new rear bumper and new 18-inch alloy wheel design to set it apart from last year’s Outlander. There’s also a number of smaller specification upgrades across various models that we’ll go into detail later.

What do you get?There are no shortage of Outlanders to choose from with 10 in the conventional range (with either a petrol or diesel engine) plus the plug-in hybrid line-up. We’re driving the mid-grade LS equipped with the 2.4-litre petrol engine, continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive.
Standard gear includes a keyless ignition, auto headlights and wipers, a cargo blind, 7.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, digital radio, a reversing camera and dual-zone climate control. For 2019 there’s new leather-look seat trim for the LS. Safety is well covered with forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and lan…

Pajero still an old-school SUV icon

In its press material Mitsubishi makes much of the Pajero’s Dakar Rally-winning heritage of a record 12 victories, even though it hasn’t competed there in years. But the marketing hype isn’t unjustified because the Pajero is still one of the “real” all-terrain vehicles in the market, rather than the ever-growing number of urban soft-roaders that aren’t necessarily designed to get their tyres muddy. Point this Mitsubishi at a rugged 4x4 trail and it has all the tools needed to plod through picturesque pastures and duel with deep dongas with minimum chance of getting stuck.
A lofty 235mm ground clearance, a 36.6 degree approach angle (superior to rivals such as Prado, Pathfinder and Discovery), 25 degree departure angle, selectable all-wheel drive, low range, and centre and rear differential locks ensured that the long-wheelbase Pajero cruised through our steep and slippery off-road trail. The Super Select 4WD system also allows convenient shifting between two and four-wheel drive at up to …