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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Test Drive

Recently, Motors Malaysia organized a test drive session of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport for of the local media. A total of 21 from various publications invited to attend the event. Spread five cars, each turns to drive the Pajero from KL all the way up to Penang and back the day with a few backroad detours in to fully test its ride, and off-road capabilities.

The media in the morning at MMM s HQ in Shah Alam, where were introduced to Mitsu s veteran Rally driver Hiroshi who played a key role in the development of the Sport . At 9:30am, after a group photo, everybody got their assigned cars and up the Pajero s (let s use the Sport sparingly from this forward) two and a half litre powerplant. Collectively, the five engines idling together an audible clatter, which markedly reduced when the are on their own.

Journalists introduced to Masuoka, before into their respective

I was placed in Car No. 3, in the company of  a trio of veteran writers LeePS of International . Yamin Vong of CBT and BH of Chinese-language based magazine . We were flagged off by MMM Chairman , Syed Hisham Syed in the presence of Masuoka- san, CEO Mr Ono and COO En Omar Harun, with at the helm of our car. The mini-convoy to its first destination at the Selangor Valley at Bukit Bestari,

Driving sedately, LeePS was it easy on the highway, allowing the cars to build a sizeable over us.

As LeePS strolled the forward at a leisurely pace, the of us on the passenger seats had time to around and evaluate the quality of its Impressions at this stage good. The cabin is solidly and while the materials used are not they look very of lasting years of hard We got a little wind noise on the but not enough to disrupt our conversations or the collection stored in the little shaped thumbdrive plugged the USB slot by MMM .

LeePS took it on the highways, but gave the Pajero a along the Rawang backroads.

We caught up with the other cars at Exit 117 to Rawang Berjuntai. Heavy traffic us from the convoy again, but clear, LeePS absolutely the Pajero through the twists of Batu Arang to get us again touching distance of YS, Chris Wee and the Here, the Pajero s tall exhibited rolling tendencies, but the use of wishbones up front teamed independent rear suspension by a lateral rod kept things in check.

Lateral rod kept body in check. Journalists were

LeePS was able to eventually up with the convoy again and we on their tails until we the Selangor Fruit Valley . we were treated to a feast of rambutans, and mangosteens as Masuoka- san to each of us in-turn on taxi-ride on a off-road track through the farm in a bog-standard Pajero . style. It was an exercise to demonstrate the ability and hardiness of the Pajero . the engineering borne out of Mitsubishi s experience in rallying.

Selangor Valley a feast of fruits and an track awaited us here.

Masuoka appeared to be driving the farm like a madman, was little doubt that he what he was doing. During the few that the Pajero almost grip, he was able to recover the almost nonchalantly, while engaging us in a conversation. You wouldn t it from the pictures, but bumps it was very refined in the cabin.

The just took everything threw at it without much emerging from this ordeal none the worse for

Danny here actually had a conversation with Masuoka as the throws the Pajero Sport the fruit farm.


We the fruit farm with still behind the wheel, and along Jalan Batu in the direction we came from. At point, it seemed that the first drivers have the best deal of the journey. driving the Pajero through a of untarred road, LeePS got to put the 314Nm peak torque of the s common-rail diesel engine to with stretches of long roads.

Overtaking on dual-lane carriageways is not beyond the Pajero . but efforts are best executed some planning as the engine a few seconds to respond after your right foot on the

LeePS got to further test the s breadth of abilities.

The convoy for a driver change just we re-entered the PLUS highway at Tagar, where Yamin the reins in our car. The designated drivers got an all-highway route as we steadily to our next rest at Tapah for the next driver After taking a moment to up, the keys were handed to me, as I was to take Yamin, LeePS and BH to the convoy for lunch at Indulgence at Ipoh, before continuing our to Bukit Gantang for our next change.

Lunch at Indulgence , Ipoh

My leg of the journey behind the takes us, much to my delight, the winding and sloping stretches of the highway at Jelapang. Here, I had to on the manual shifting function on the four-speed automatic transmission for traction at the bends. It allowed for confident cornering, but at a lanky in height, the Pajero Sport was going to pull off any physics-defying

Along the straights, the Pajero was a civilized cruiser. Although only four ratios to with, the auto gearbox was to keep the tachometer ticking over 2,000rpm at the national limit. There s a slight lag in response when prodded, but it gets on song, all the torque of the engine is delivered in smooth and fashion, evidenced by a steady but march of the speedometer into the range.

4A/T proved during our test drive.

to the 2.0-litre Captiva that we last weekend, the Pajero s 2,477cc 4D56 oil-burner, a 500cc advantage, loses out in the stakes. Against the Captiva, it has a and torque deficit of 12hp and with Mitsu claiming figures of 136hp @3,500rpm and 314Nm @ respectively. Not that this figures make the Pajero a but it s worth noting that in this engine is tuned to in excess of 170hp.

According to the conservative tuning of the engine s is to accommodate the lower quality of our market.

2.5-litre 4D56 is a low on power compared to other but still pulls Pajero enough.

After swapping at Bukit Gantang, where I the drivers seat to make way for BH, the continued all the way to Penang almost interruption, though it was a tortoise-paced once we crossed the Penang It took us more than 45 to crawl our way from the bridge to the of the Shangri-La Rasa Sayang at Batu Ferringhi, where we in for the night after an exhausting day the wheel. The day s programme was then wrapped up with a dinner at  Shangri-La s very Tepi Laut Restaurant where Masuoka- san and the other interacted with inquisitive of the media in a feedback session of the Sport.

Our lair for the night.

Dinner at Laut.

The next morning, as of the other journalists each other in a game of I was able to spend some on my own with one of the Pajero Sport cars. Strong sunlight my photography options, but I was able to explore the various features of the not to mention testing the Pajero s along the twisty coastal of Batu Ferringhi. As advertised, the Select 4WD (SS4) system on-the-fly switching between RWD and 4WD in seamless fashion up to 100kph.

are three 4WD modes available range (4H), high with locked centre (4HLc), and low range with centre differential (4LLc), the chosen setting shown in an display. Setting the drivetrain to gives the Pajero the ability to slopes up 35 degrees steep, maximum lateral travel is rated at 45 degrees. Complimenting the SS4 . is a LSD with helical gears and a coupling.

As far as off-roading ability the Pajero Sport is every bit a bearer of the nameplate.

Super 4WD indicator embedded in instrument

It is however, a little short in of equipment. For 163,000 of your ringgits, you will not be getting any one of steering mounted controls, computers, or even a dash-mounted The Kenwood ICE system with HU is a decent piece of kit though, MP3, WMA and DVD capability built-in. A USB placed at the bottom of the centre next to the cigarette lighter.

As a feature, and also part of JPJ the DVD video player can only be when the car is at a full stop.

of the rear seats, an important for potential buyers of this can be operated intuitively. Both can be split folded, allowing for cargo/passenger carrying configurations.  The mechanism has a solid feel it, but occasionally it may take more one attempt to snap the seats in place. Releasing them was enough, especially the back

It may sound flimsy, but all you have to do a couple of straps and the back row just tumble forward, themselves nicely to form a bed.

Dash is well-designed and built, but at RM163k, it could do more equipment.

Various configurations of the rear seats.

For the journey to KL, the pack was once reshuffled, as each car headed ( MMM HQ) independently. I once again myself in Yamin s company, but time we were joined by of Berita Harian Auto and Ong Lam of Sin Chew . Yamin got us going, and us through another winding road of Tanjung Bungah we joined Jalan Gottlieb and straight for the bridge. We swapped twice, but it was an uneventful journey

The only incident of note was we had an encounter with a police but we were waved right without having to stop.

gave the Pajero a good before retiring to the backseat.

our two days with it, the Pajero gave us a very good of its abilities. It was properly refined on the and equally adept in rough Being mounted on a ladder it does lose out against rivals in the urban battlefield. In a specs sheet which a four-speed auto gearbox and drum brakes is not likely to either, especially at RM163k.

the Pajero Sport has going for it is the of its drivetrain, suspension and build making it a capable off-roader.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Max 136hp @ 3,500rpm

Max Torque: @ 2,000rpm

Brakes (front/rear): disc / Drums

Suspension / rear): Double wishbones / with lateral rod

Tyres: R17

Length × Width × Height: × 1,815mm × 1,800mm


Weight: 2,055kg (kerb),

Fuel Tank Capacity: 70

(+): Rugged build, high speed refinement, Select 4WD.

(-): for the price

Verdict: The Pajero Sport is to recommend if you re an urban only However, if you need to constantly go this is a car to consider.

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8 Responses to Pajero Sport Media Drive

i feel that the system still have and some unknow problem.

my pejaro sport just control and over turn to the side, and may cause by the ABS break.

the was bedly damage and now i face problems ..

Not parts at all for this car

it me feel bad for this pajero

additional information: the car age only 19

Peng Wong Says:

You 2 days and almost 1000 kms the car and you are unable to provide fuel as tested figures. It seems Malaysian test drives are not in providing fuel consumption. fuel is too cheap here.

if figures are given, some provide the ridiculous sen per km figures. If archived their test, how in the are we going to figure out what means with fluctuating prices.

Wrong. We would to provide fuel consumption but the refueling process was handled by the of the test drive, and as such, we do not how much fuel was burned per km. An is possible, but attaching numbers to a estimation isn t right.

You can also assured we don t provide FC figures in

Thanks for the comment

ivan Says:

Can we opt for HID light for pajero light is better than these days..

Is kind of that pajero sport not with these accesories:-

clock,external temperature display,distance to tank display-digitally,trip computers,digital control on steering and cruise RM 162k is kind off too high this equipment.

I hope can consider the suggestion.

Ncumisa Says:

What is the model of the ICE in this vehicle. I have the Pajero Sport and would to buy the In-Car DVD GPS radio.

chee wai Says:

feel to my new pajero sport, a lot of problem. turn right left / when speed 100km/h especially uneven road, to service centre the technician that the condition is normal for car. Safety belt noise but technician said the noise is normal for this of car noise will stop wear. Squeaking noise turning the steering, but need to for their report to mitsubishi.

dissappointted n won t buy mitsubishi car anymore.

ALI Says:





jeffery sta maria

Bought a Pajero Sport and feeling quite disappointed.The low is worst than my previous Rush.Had to switch on the fog lamp to in night driving.The high is no different either.Had to fix additional fog lamps to help out.A of days ago whilst driving the route Genting-Batang Kali steering vibrated severly and loud squeaks were after applying the wheel Heat from the friction had a toll of this 4X4.I am whether the brake fluid boiling point as well Had to the front brake discs.All happened with the vehicle 400075km.It all leads towards an owning a Mitsubishi .Understand and Monteros have brake besides other niggling a timid vehicle .Brembo has discs and pads as an aftermarket around for a replacement vehicle too .

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