Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 13 Dec 2016
A True Legend
These days we are starting to see just about every major motoring manufacturer introduce a derivative of the SUV. Many modern “SUV” derivatives represent fairly standard hatchback chassis with a slight increase in the ride height department and not much else. You find that many modern compact SUV’s therefore, run scared at the first sight of a molehill, grass clippings or even light drizzle.
This is certainly not the case with the Mitsubishi Pajero. With a long line of consecutive Dakar Rally titles under its belt, the Pajero is an accomplished SUV which we have seen on our roads for many years. In 2006 the current shape of Pajero was introduced. The current Pajero is such a proven article, that little has changed since its introduction.
The Pajero is an incredibly important model for Mitsubishi and as a result they have now introduced the Legend II edition. Think of the Legend II as a Pajero only further enhanced with the addition of many additional Mitsubishi approved parts which further enhance its off-road abilities.
Made To Work Around You
The Legend II comes in two distinct body variants, namely the SWB (Short Wheel Base) and a seven seating LWB (Long Wheel Base) edition. Both editions pack a rugged blend of both luxury and off-road prowess. I spent a week exploring both the SWB & LWB editions and was pleasantly surprised with the comfort of both offerings.
Steering feels weighted, which adds confidence in tough off-road situations. The Legend II is also fitted with Yokohama Geolander tyres, these are as good on-road as they are off. You really are able to tackle any terrain owing to generous ground clearance, a low-range transfer case as well as excellent approach and departure angles of 36.7° and 25° respectively when driving either the short or long wheel base variants.
Driving The Legend II
Mitsubishi has not changed its winning 3.2-litre turbodiesel engine. The powerful unit delivers 140 kW and 441 Nm of torque, figures that exceed many of the Pajero’s closest competitors including the likes of the Toyota Prado and Nissan Patrol. Mitsubishi claims a tow rating (braked trailer) of 3 300 kg for the LWB model, a very impressive number.
The Pajero has long been a favourite amongst off-road enthusiasts. With the Legend II edition, Mitsubishi South Africa has studied the usage patterns (and accessory buying trends) of its local customers and selected a range of items totalling a value in excess of R50,000 to add to the Pajero at no additional cost. These parts include a toughened plate below the engine, a bold chromed nudge bar, side steps and many other components which make the already tough Pajero even more legendary.
SA Pricing & Warranty
The Mitsubishi Pajero LWB Legend II costs R819 900 and comes backed with a (3-years/100 000 km) warranty and a (5-years/100 000 k)m maintenance plan.
The Mitsubishi Pajero SWB Legend II comes in at R719 900 and comes backed with a (3-years/100 000 km) warranty and a (5-years/100 000 km) maintenance plan.