Three-door Pajero combines SWB agility with just about every bell and whistle you can dream of.
Three-door Pajero combines SWB agility with just about every bell and whistle you can dream of.
Three-door Pajero combines SWB agility with just about every bell and whistle you can dream of.
Three-door Pajero combines SWB agility with just about every bell and whistle you can dream of.
Three-door Pajero combines SWB agility with just about every bell and whistle you can dream of.
Three-door Pajero combines SWB agility with just about every bell and whistle you can dream of.
Three-door Pajero combines SWB agility with just about every bell and whistle you can dream of.
Three-door Pajero combines SWB agility with just about every bell and whistle you can dream of.
Three-door Pajero combines SWB agility with just about every bell and whistle you can dream of.
Three-door Pajero combines SWB agility with just about every bell and whistle you can dream of.
Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
For R30 000 more than the R549 000 standard model you get bundu-bashing extras that would cost more than R80 000 if you had to order them separately.
For R30 000 more than the R549 000 standard model you get bundu-bashing extras that would cost more than R80 000 if you had to order them separately.
Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi

By: IOL Motoring Staff

Short-wheelbase beetle-crushers, as a genre, are capable of astonishing off-road agility but, in one way, that has actually worked against them, leading to a consumer perception of rock-hoppers with somewhat basic accommodation - think Jeep Wrangler or Land Rover Defender 90.

If you want creature comforts, most buyers think you need a full-sized Chelsea Tractor, as in Jeep Grand Cherokee or Land Rover Discovery.

But there is one SUV that combines short-coupled agility with just about every bell and whistle you can dream of - and a few that you won't: the three-door Mitsubishi Pajero.

Updated for 2014, it comes with a number of new features, including a rear-view camera, privacy glass, a USB port and colour-coded door handles and side mirror housings.

UNSTOPPABLE

What hasn't changed is the shorty Pajero's proven 140kW/441Nm 3.2-litre common-rail turbodiesel, driving through a five speed automatic transmission and shift-on-the-fly all-wheel drive system.

That gives you a choice of rear-wheel only or all-wheel drive with 33/67 power split in the 2H/4H modes, while the 4HLc and 4LLc settings lock the centre differential and split the power 50/50 between front and rear axles. Add to that a standard-issue lockable rear differential and you have one seriously muscular mud-plugger.

And you also get six airbags, active stability and traction control, cruise control, high-intensity discharge headlamps with automatic levelling, parking sensors, a glass sunroof, a multi-function steering wheel, heated front seats and Bluetooth hands free voice 'phone control.

But wait, as they say, there's more.

Following up on the Pajero long-wheelbase legend of 2013, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Pajero in South Africa, Mitsubishi SA has put together a limited-edition Pajero short-wheelbase Legend for 2014.

For R579 000 - R30 000 more than the R549 000 standard model - you get bundu-bashing extras that'd cost more than R80 000 if you had to order them separately.

They include off-road tyres with a pressure monitoring system and an air compressor built into the engine compartment, dual batteries, rock-sliders and bash plates under the engine, sump and gearbox, a nudge bar, 150mm LED spotlights, heavy-duty seat covers and a roof rack.

But there's a catch; there's always a catch.

Only 30 shorty Pajero Legend-Edition specials will be built; if you’re no.31 in the queue, you lose. The rest, as they say, is up to you.