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Mitsubishi Pajero Legend II arrives

4 July 2016

Mitsubishi SA has introduced the Pajero Legend II in both long- and short-wheel base variants. These limited special edition models will be available at dealers at R759 900 for the long- and R659 900 for the short-wheel base.

The Legend II builds on the success of its predecessor ­– the Pajero Legend 30-Years LWB Special Edition which was introduced in 2012.

For the Legend II, Mitsubishi has again added a host of extras to the Pajero without significantly increasing the retail price. This time round, however, the Legend II can be ordered with a range of additional extras that are sourced, subsidised and fitted by Mitsubishi South Africa.

“The Pajero has become synonymous with an adventure lifestyle and it remains unique, thanks to its combination of modern luxuries and tried-and-trusted mechanics. It is Mitsubishi’s legacy model and it will remain a mainstay of the brand’s product offering to off-road and adventure enthusiasts,” says Braam Faul, Marketing Manager of Mitsubishi South Africa.

The range of off-road accessories is sourced from the well-known Australian overland specialists, Opposite Lock, and from Front Runner South Africa, while cosmetic accessories are sourced from Mitsubishi’s own parts catalogue.

Up to R50 000 of additional value
The Pajero Legend II LWB is based on the top-spec Exceed derivative. Customers get an additional R50 000 worth of extras as part of the purchase price of R759 900. This includes a heavy-duty protection plate fitted below the engine and another below the gearbox assembly as well as heavy-duty rock sliders. It is also fitted with Yokohama Geolander dual-purpose tyres with a 265/60 R18 profile.

The Pajero Legend II SWB offers all the luxuries fitted to its long-wheel base sibling. Customers get an additional R40 000 worth of extras as part of the purchase price of R659 900 which also includes heavy-duty protection plates fitted below the engine and gearbox assembly and Yokohama Geolander dual-purpose tyres with a 265/65 R17 profile.

Other additions to both the LWB and SWB Legend II derivatives include a heavy-duty tow bar from Bosal, a Pajero-stamped chrome nudge bar and auto-locking and unlocking modules.

Inside the cabin the Pajero Legend II offers a high-end Garmin nüviCam with magnetic mount and built-in dash cam, a Tracks4Africa off-road map set for Southern Africa and a full set of hard-wearing rubber mats.

The range of additional accessories includes 41mm big bore front and rear heavy-duty shock absorbers from Tough Dog, a slim line roof rack from Front Runner and high-impact discharge spotlights from the adventure specialists, Light Force.

Other extras include an air compressor, snatch recovery kit, dash Caska D306LT Navigation unit and entertainment system, clear headlight protectors, bonnet guard and a cooler fridge.

Standard luxury features include electronically adjusted heated leather seats, a touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB , a reverse camera with rear parking sensors, a double volume glass sunroof and privacy glass for rear passengers.

Safety features include six airbags, ABS, EBD, BAS, Active Traction and Stability Control (ATSC) and Mitsubishi’s patented high-strength Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body shell. The range is fitted with ISO-FIX Child Seat Anchors as well.

Under the bonnet is Mitsubishi’s well proven 3.2 litre DI-D turbo-diesel engine, which delivers 140kW and 441Nm of torque.

Engine power is delivered in normal driving to the rear wheels through a five-speed automatic gearbox, with self-shifting option. The gearbox is mated to Mitsubishi’s unique Super-Select II 4WD system.

Super-Select 4WD II offers four driving options, with each mode making changes to the transfer case and vehicle electronics. Under normal driving conditions, the gearbox transfers all power to the rear wheels, while in 4H mode power is split 33% front and 67% rear, maintaining the rear wheel driving dynamics, while ensuring improved road holding in slippery conditions. This mode, which is ideal on high-speed dirt roads or in rainy conditions, can be selected while driving at speeds of up to 100 km/h.

Once in the bush, the Pajero Legend II offers two distinct off-road driving modes. In 4HLc, the power delivery between front and rear wheels are locked at 50:50. When the going gets really tough, a favourite terrain for Pajero enthusiasts, the driver can select 4LLc. In this mode the transfer case slows the lowest gears down to a crawl, traction control is switched off and drivers are given pure mechanical freedom to traverse rocks, mud, water and any other off-road obstacle. The rear differential can be locked and unlocked from inside the cabin.

The ground clearance is 235mm, an approach angle of 36.7° on the SWB model and 36.6° on the LWB model and departure angle of 25°.

Mitsubishi has retained its support for 500 ppm diesel, allowing overland enthusiasts the freedom to travel through Africa unhindered.

The Legend II come with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and a 5-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.