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Mitsubishi Launches 3.8 Litre V6 Petrol Engine in Pajero

15 September, 2003

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(Improved specification and safety for minimal prices increases, and reductions in some instances)

As Pajero enters its 21st year in Australia, Mitsubishi Motors has introduced a larger 3.8 litre V6 petrol engine to its '04 M/Y NP Pajero range, to sit alongside its class-leading 3.2 Direct Injection Diesel engine.

The major change for the '04 M/Y Pajero centres around the new 3.8 litre SOHC V6 petrol engine that replaces the 3.5 litre V6 on automatic models (about 86% of Pajero sales).

This new four-valve per cylinder SOHC engine produces 150kW at 5,000 rpm (+ 7.1% at the same rpm), and 314Nm of torque at 3250 rpm (+ 3.6% at 250 rpm less).

The new engine has larger intake and exhaust valves that improve breathing efficiency, lighter pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft for smoother performance, and a new variable intake manifold to improve low-to-mid range speed and fuel economy.

This new manifold features a primary and secondary intake port for each cylinder. During low and mid rpms only the primary port is used, thereby increasing air speed and volume for more torque. When the engine speed increases to the higher range the secondary port opens to maximise output.

The 3.8 litre V6 has a "drive by wire" Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) that improves drivability for cold and hot starts, and acceleration by controlling the throttle travel according to the accelerator input.

The engine is LPG compatible, and improves Pajero in terms of starting acceleration and overtaking response, as well as better overall throttle response and ride comfort. Mitsubishi's testing shows that the 3.8 litre V6 has a 14% improvement 0-100kph, a 6% improvement 80-100kph, and a 7% improvement 0-400 metres over the 3.5 litre.

Manual petrol Pajeros keep the 3.5 litre SOHC four-valve per cylinder V6 engine that develops 140kW at 5000 rpm and 303Nm of torque at 3500 rpm.

The class-leading 3.2 litre Direct Injection Diesel DOHC four-valve engine continues across the range, and produces 121kW of power at 3800 rpm, and a stump-pulling 373Nm of torque at a low 2000 rpm.

All petrol and diesel engines comply with Euro Step 2 emission standards.

Drive is put to the ground through Mitsubishi's proven 'Super Select' II system, still arguably the best 4WD system on the market today. The centre diff is a viscous coupling unit, and the Active Stability Control, or Active Traction Control has now made the rear hybrid-LSD unit obsolete.

4WD can be engaged, and disengaged on the fly up to 100 kph. 2WD, 4WD Full-Time, 4WD High Lock and 4WD Low Locked are still all available, which allows the driver to select a Driving mode to suit every road condition.

Transmissions are the proven five-speed manual, or the acclaimed five-speed INVECS II 'Smart Logic' automatic with 'Sports Mode' sequential shifting. No other SUV in the class has such a sophisticated and unique automatic transmission, and is another instance where Mitsubishi has set new standards with Pajero for other manufacturers to follow. Most still do not offer a five-speed automatic, let alone one with sequential shifting. This gives the driver the option to put the car in 'D' and use it like a normal automatic, or when they want to enjoy more spirited driving move the lever to the left and use it like a manual.

Pajero's body construction is a unitary monocoque design with integrated chassis, a body construction that has proven its toughness and strength with eight victories in the tortuous Paris-Dakar Rally, as well as many other Off-Road events throughout the world.

In Australia, Townsville car dealer Geoff Pickering has won the last two Australian Off-Road Championships for Production Cars driving his NM LWB 3.5 litre Pajero GLX. In those years he has beaten legendary off-road racers in their outdated ladder frame construction vehicles, and Geoff is currently leading this year's championship, with an expectation to win it again.

Pajero's strength makes it ideal for towing boats and horse floats, as well as being more rigid, comfortable and silent on-road than traditional ladder frame chassied vehicles.

Mitsubishi's RISE (Realised Impact Safety Evolution) body construction provides the best occupant protection in the event of an accident. The front crushable zones absorb the impact in a controlled manner, while the exceptionally strong passenger cell module provides the optimum occupant protection.

The '04 M/Y Pajero sees a major step forward in active safety with the inclusion of ABS (including EBD) across the range. Significantly, ASC (which includes ATC) is now standard on all 3.8 litre V6 and Di-D models, making another first for Pajero by making this advanced technology available on all Pajero models.

3.5 litre V6 models now have Active Traction Control (ATC) fitted as standard. The ATC system incorporates Engine Brake Assist Control (EBAC), a form of hill descent control that requires no driver input, as standard on all models.

This comprehensive upgrade to primary safety, and the inclusion of sophisticated driver aids for increased on and off-road performance, see Pajero in an enviable position in the marketplace.

The combination of the above and Mitsubishi's proven 'Super Select II' system comes together to form MATT (Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology).

Active Traction Control is now standard on 3.5 litre petrol (manual) models.

Seatbelt pre-tensions are now fitted as standard on all models fitted with Dual Airbags.

The major external change is the 3.8 badge on the front fender, immediately above the turn indicator repeater, while GLX now gets the 16" X 7" alloy wheel and tyre combination previously restricted to GLS (Exceed also has 16" X 7" wheels and tyres, but has its own unique wheel design).

There is improved anti-corrosion treatment, including wheelhouse undercoating treatment, on all models.

The multi-function display screen on GLS and Exceed models now has a blue background with three screen displays - time/date, compass/barometer/altimeter, and air conditioning/internal-external temperature display.

GLS gets an in-dash 6-CD stacker as standard.

All petrol models now get a higher capacity alternator - up from 100amp to 110amp. (Di-D models carry over their 125amp alternator). As well, an improved starter motor - up to 1.4kW from 1.2kW - is standard on all petrol models.

Petrol models also get a higher performance starter motor - 1.4kW, up from 1.2kW - while the Di-D 2.2kW starter motor carries over.

Premium Roadside Assistance is now a standard item for all '04 M/Y Exceed models.

The model line-up is largely unchanged - GLX petrol and diesel, manual and auto; GLS petrol and diesel, manual and auto; and Exceed petrol and diesel in automatic only.

The colour palette is unchanged, but colours have been re-named in accordance with Mitsubishi's global colour names.

Prices have increased marginally on GLX petrol and Exceed, but have remained the same on GLS and reduced on GLX and GLS diesel models. They are:

 
M/T
A/T
GLX
3.5 litre V6 petrol
$46,390
n/a
3.8 litre V6 petrol
n/a
$49.390
3.2 litre Di-D
$48,590
$51,590
 
Options
Dual SRS airbags with pre-tensioners
$500
 
 
GLS
3.5 litre V6 petrol
$52,590)
n/a
3.8 litre V6 petrol
n/a
$55,590
3.2 litre Di-D
$53,990
$56,990
 
Options
Side SRS airbags
$500
 
 
Exceed
3.5 litre V6 petrol
n/a
n/a
3.8 litre V6 petrol
n/a
$62,990
3.2 litre Di-D
n/a
$66,990
 
Option
Tilt/slide electric sunroof
$1,850
 
 
The '04 M/Y Pajeros go on sale in early October

Popular 4WDs are entering their 21st year in Australia, thanks to Mitsubishi's Pajero. It was this vehicle that popularised four-wheel driving in Australia when the first generation was launched in the early 1980s.

Pajero is the embodiment of the Mitsubishi brand being a truly "spirited" car. Buyers perceive this spirit though its use of use of innovative 4WD technology, bold attractive styling and a proud rally success filled history that includes eight victories in the gruelling Paris-Dakar rally and significant success in the Australian Off Road rally championship. No other similar vehicle has had this success; in fact many of the so-called more fancy 4WDs have not undertaken this torturous event.

Pajero is the pinnacle of the Mitsubishi brand and drives significant aspirational appeal to the marque. In essence, every drive in a Pajero is an adventure.

The all new 3rd generation NM Pajero was launched in June 2000 and has received both critical acclaim and widespread marketplace success. NM Pajero saw the introduction of a raft of 4WD technology, and its bold exterior styling ensured that Pajero continued to redefine what is expected of a medium SUV in the marketplace.

In May 2002 the Direct injection Diesel (Di-D) engine was released with class leading power and torque, reinforcing Pajero's leadership qualities. This was followed in December 2002 with the release of a minor facelift (NP) and the inclusion of another first for the class, available Active Traction Control (ATC) on petrol engines and available Active Stability Control (ASC) on diesel engines across the range. Another first for Pajero that was introduced with NP was the release of Engine Brake Assist Control (EBAC), (a built-in hill descent control system), on all vehicles fitted with ATC or ASC.

Although many other new competitors have tried to emulate it, it should be remembered that the NP Pajero is still the best available package in the medium SUV segment today through its innovative design and superior on and off-road ability.

The 2004 MY NP Pajero features a long awaited upgrade to the V6 petrol engine, to 3.8 litre capacity on automatic models. This larger engine gives improvements to both power and torque, and therefore driveability.

Of additional importance, the '04 M/Y Pajero sees the inclusion of ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) as standard on all models, the inclusion of ATC on 3.5 litre manual models, and ASC standard on all others.

2. Market

Pajero competes in the Medium SUV segment of the Australian Commercial Vehicle market. Due to the product's inherent appeal and general 4WD ability it also competes with entrants from the Large SUV segment.

Pajero's primary competitor is the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. Secondary competitors include the Land Rover Discovery, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota Land Cruiser, Nissan Patrol and the soon to be released soft-road 4WDs, the Holden Adventra, Toyota Kluger and Ford Territory.

The SUV segment of the Australian Commercial Vehicle market has grown dramatically since 1994, increasing from a monthly average volume of around 3,800 units to almost 12,000 units in 2003.

The SUV segment comprises around 50% of the entire Commercial vehicle market - up from around 30% in 1994 - and a not insignificant 17% of the total vehicle market. This growth centres around the general improvement in the driveability and on-road performance of SUVs, coupled with the desire of owner's for increased visibility and a greater perceived safety feeling that this type of vehicle provides over and above traditional passenger vehicles.

There has also been a massive increase in model availability with increasing numbers of manufacturers entering the segment. This rate of growth should continue into the foreseeable future with economic conditions remaining quite buoyant, fuel prices remaining relatively stable and the availability of more new models from local manufacturers and prestige importers continuing to offer an increased range of variants to the market.

The Medium SUV segment (where Pajero is placed) makes up around 2,800 units per month (or 24% of the SUV segment) and has grown at a more modest rate of around 10% per annum since 1994. This segment has seen a number of new entrants over the period with Pajero's main competitor, the Land Cruiser Prado joining in 1996. This rate of growth should continue with the introduction of locally made, large, soft-road 4WDs models in late 2003 / early 2004.

The Large SUV segment has seen an even more modest rate of growth over the same period of around 2% per annum. This can be attributed to the limited number of entrants with long life cycles and a general aversion to this size of vehicle in the heavily populated eastern seaboard state capitals.

Combined the two sub-segments form around 41% of the total SUV market.

The actual number of competitors in the combined segment is relatively low, with nine manufacturers represented. The dominant three combined represent over 80% of the total volume.

Toyota is dominant with two strong representatives in the Land Cruiser and Land Cruiser Prado, and this growth in recent times has been heavily underpinned by the release of new versions of the above two models.

Nissan, with the Patrol and Pathfinder, has been a solid second and experienced strong growth in 1998 with the release of a new model Patrol. Since then their volume has declined.

Mitsubishi, which was second in the combined segment in 1994, is now placed third closely behind Nissan. This can be attributed to heavy competition from other offerings, and the lack of major product updates for the Challenger since its release in 1998.

That said, Mitsubishi volume has increased by around 3% per annum over the entire period and the release of the 3rd generation NM Pajero in 2000 has ensured that Mitsubishi has maintained a positive presence in this part of the market.

Petrol automatic is the predominant choice of engine/transmission in the combined segment, with 48% of vehicles being fitted with this type of powertrain. Six-cylinder is the engine of choice. \

Interestingly, a massive growth (46% per annum) in diesel automatics has taken place since 1999 with the release of new technology diesels, and the increased availability of automatic transmissions on this type of vehicle. Diesel automatics now make up over 21% of the segment, or around 1,100 units per month. Of these diesel sales, four-cylinder is the most popular choice.

The petrol/manual combination has undergone the biggest decline, reflecting the rise of more modern diesel engines coupled with advanced automatics. The increased penetration in metropolitan areas of these vehicles for use as daily transport, where convenience and ease of use of automatic is paramount in stop- start traffic is the reason for this. Diesel manuals have remained fairly static, with it still being a preferred choice by some, for more serious off-road use.

It would be expected that a future decline in manual diesel sales will occur as more advanced and reliable automatics are increasingly released to the market, and a general increase in acceptance of this type of transmission in this class of vehicle.

As can be seen, the largest contributors to Medium SUV sales are repurchasers within the segment (31%), and the Large Passenger Car segment (24%).

Buyers in the Medium SUV segment come from a broad spectrum of vehicles with a relatively low repurchase rate within the segment at around 31% for 2002 (repurchase rate has grown from 23% in 1999 to 31% in 2002) when compared to, say, the Large Passenger Car segment at 51%. This would tend to suggest that, despite the growth in the segment, it does represent a somewhat experimental purchase for buyers, and also reflects the fact that the purchase is not related to any specific work requirement. Hence it is highly discretionary in nature.

It also tends to reflect the fact that this type of vehicle is purchased at particular life stages for buyers, and repurchase will only occur if there is a true underlying need for this type of vehicle. This is particularly supported by the observed rate of purchase from previous owners in the passenger car segments, particularly the Large and Small/Light car where a life stage change (children or retirement) means the current vehicle no longer suits their needs.

3. Buyer Profile

Private buyers dominate the combined segment with consistently more than 40%, and up to 50%, of buyers coming from this category. This is followed by business making up around 35% of buyers.

The majority of business buyers in recent years fall into the novated lease / user chooser category. This has been driven by the tremendous growth in innovative salary packaging, and the increased tendency to include motor vehicles as part of employee packages as a tax effective way of owning a new vehicle, even after allowing for the effect of Fringe Benefits Tax.

In summary this means that nearly 80% of the buyers of this class of vehicle act as private in nature, meaning that high levels of customer service are likely to be required to satisfy this customer.

The only other significant category is State Government. The majority of purchases here are for rural Policing duties, where this type of vehicle proves a popular choice given some of the terrain covered.

The gender split of medium SUV buyers is biased toward males. No change in this trend has occurred over the 1999 to 2002 period with the proportion being in the 80-20 range for male to female. Pajero owners mirror this trend, being predominantly male.

The average age of Medium SUV owners is 45-46 years old and this has remained consistent since 1999. The dominant age group is 35-44 at around 32% of all Medium SUV owners. Pajero owners are slightly younger at around 44-45 years old, and the largest age group is 35-44 at 36%. This is also higher than the overall segment for this group.

Interesting differences exist between the segment and Pajero when Age / sex profiles are reviewed. Female Pajero owners are clustered toward the younger age groups with 73% of female Pajero owners being under 45 compared to the segment at 65%. Additionally, 13% of female owners in the segment are over 55 compared to only 7% for Pajero. Male / Age splits for the segment and Pajero are broadly consistent.

As would be expected, given the age profile of the buyers noted above, a high proportion of buyers in both the segment, and for Pajero, are married, although Pajero buyers have a slightly higher chance of being married at 94-95% of buyers (compared to 92% for the segment).

Pajero buyers are also more likely to have children when compared to the segment, with the general trend being towards having children rather than not. Buyers in the segment as a whole are closer to a 50-50 split as to having/not having children. The most common number of children is consistent between the segment and Pajero at two (2). This appears consistent with the general family size experienced in Australia and supports the primary use of the vehicles as family use.

Pajero buyers are more likely to have higher levels of education than other buyers in the segment with an average of around 45% being university educated compared to 40% for the segment. Conversely less Pajero buyers have only a secondary / trade level of education.

Following on from this, Pajero buyers are more likely to be white-collar professionals and senior managers as opposed to blue-collar trades and unskilled work. Consistent with the larger numbers of buyers in the older age groups for the segment as a whole, retirees make up more of Medium SUV buyers than Pajero.

In general Medium SUVs are primarily used for private purposes, with 52% of owners stating that they are only used for private purposes. Of the remaining owners, 45% state a mixed business/private usage pattern exists with only 3% claiming business use is the sole purpose of the vehicle.

46% of buyers say they never use the vehicle's 4WD ability, and 50% of people use the vehicle for daily commuting. This supports the observed trend for this type of vehicle to be the main family vehicle, and the high replacement of passenger vehicles with SUVs.

The relatively low tendency to never use the vehicle for towing (32%) suggests that medium SUVs are also purchased as towing vehicles over and above the traditional large passenger sedans that were favoured in the past. This is probably due to the inherent increase in stability that is gained through using a larger vehicle.

4. Engine

The major change for the '04 M/Y Pajero centres around the new 3.8 litre SOHC V6 petrol engine that replaces the 3.5 litre V6 on automatic models (about 86% of Pajero sales).

This new four-valve per cylinder SOHC engine produces 150kW at 5,000 rpm (+ 7.1% at the same rpm), and 314Nm of torque at 3250 rpm (+ 3.6% at 250 rpm less).

The new engine has larger intake and exhaust valves that improve breathing efficiency, lighter pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft for smoother performance, and a new variable intake manifold to improve low-to-mid range speed and fuel economy.

This new manifold features a primary and secondary intake port for each cylinder. During low and mid rpms only the primary port is used, thereby increasing air speed and volume for more torque. When the engine speed increases to the higher range the secondary port opens to maximise output.

The 3.8 litre V6 has a"fly by wire" Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) that improves drivability for cold and hot starts, and acceleration by controlling the throttle valve travel according to the accelerator input.

The engine is LPG compatible, and improves Pajero in terms of starting acceleration and overtaking response, as well as better overall throttle response and ride comfort. Mitsubishi's testing shows that the 3.8 litre V6 has a 14% improvement 0-100kph, a 6% improvement 80-100kph, and a 7% improvement 0-400 metres over the 3.5 litre.

Manual petrol Pajeros (approximately 14% of Pajero sales) keep the 3.5 litre SOHC four-valve per cylinder V6 engine that develops 140kW at 5000 rpm and 303Nm of torque at 3500 rpm.

The class-leading 3.2 litre Direct Injection Diesel DOHC four-valve engine continues across the range, and produces 121kW of power at 3800 rpm, and a stump-pulling 373Nm of torque at a low 2000 rpm.

All petrol and diesel engines comply with Euro Step 2 emission standards.

Engine Brake Assist Control (EBAC), a form of hill descent control, is now standard on all models. This has been made possible by Active Stability Control, or Active Traction Control, becoming standard on all models.

An Underfloor Catalytic Converter (UCC) has been included on all petrol V6 engines (previously only diesel models).

5. Drive Train

Transmissions
The manual transmission is a 5-speed all syncromesh unit, with the following ratios:

Petrol Diesel
First 4.234 4.234
Second 2.238 2.238
Third 1.398 1.398
Fourth 1.000 1.000
Fifth 0.819 0.760
Reverse 3.553 3.553
Final Drive Ratio 4.300 4.100
Transfer Ratio
- High 1.000 1.000
- Low 1.900 1.900

The automatic is Mitsubishi's acclaimed five-speed INVECS II 'Smart Logic' automatic with 'Sports Mode' sequential shifting. No other SUV in the class has such a sophisticated and unique automatic transmission, and is another instance where Mitsubishi has set new standards with Pajero for other manufacturers to follow. Most still do not offer a five-speed automatic, let alone one with sequential shifting.

Its ratios are:

Petrol Diesel
First 3.789 3.789
Second 2.057 2.057
Third 1.421 1.421
Fourth 1.000 1.000
Fifth 0.731 0.731
Reverse 3.865 3.865
Final Drive Ratio 4.300 3.917
Transfer Ratio
- High 1.000 1.000
- Low 1.900 1.900

Drive is put to the ground through Mitsubishi's proven 'Super Select' II system, still arguably the best 4WD system on the market today. The centre diff is a viscous coupling unit, and Active Stability Control, or Active Traction Control has now made the rear hybrid-LSD unit obsolete.

4WD can be engaged, and disengaged on the fly up to 100 kph. 2WD, 4WD Full Time , 4WD High Locked and 4WD Low Locked are still all available, which allows the driver to select a driving mode to suit every road condition.

This comprehensive upgrade to primary safety, and the inclusion of sophisticated driver aids for increased on and off-road performance, see Pajero in an enviable position in the marketplace.

The combination of these and Mitsubishi's proven 'Super Select' II system comes together to form MATT (Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology).

6. Body construction

Pajero's body construction is a unitary monocoque design with integrated chassis, a body construction that has proven its toughness and strength with eight victories in the tortuous Paris-Dakar Rally, as well as many other Off-Road events throughout the world.

In Australia, Townsville car dealer Geoff Pickering has won the last two Australian Off-Road Championships for Production Cars driving his NM LWB 3.5 litre Pajero GLX. In those years he has beaten the renowned Les Siviour in his (formerly unbeatable) Nissan Patrol with its (allegedly tougher) ladder frame construction. Geoff is currently leading this year's championship, and is expected to win it again after the next event.

Pajero's strength makes it ideal for towing boats and horse floats, as well as being more rigid, comfortable and silent on-road than traditional ladder frame chassied vehicles.

7. Safety

Mitsubishi's RISE (Realised Impact Safety Evolution) body construction provides the best occupant protection in the event of an accident. The front crushable zones absorb the impact in a controlled manner, while the exceptionally strong occupant cell module provides the best possible occupant protection.

However, primary safety is re-inforced with ABS (with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, or EBD) being standard on all models.

Active Stability Control (which incorporates Active Traction Control) is now standard on all 3.8 litre petrol (automatic) models, and all 3.2 litre Di-D Pajeros. This has been made possible by the availability of Electronic Throttle Control on the new 3.8 petrol engine.

Active Traction Control is now standard on 3.5 litre petrol (manual) models.
Seatbelt pre-tensions are now fitted as standard on all models fitted with Dual Airbags.

8. Wheels and tyres

All models now come with 16" X 7" alloys shod with 265/70R 16" tyres. This has been brought about by GLX now getting the same wheel and tyre combination as GLS.

Exceed has the same size wheel and tyre, but its own unique alloy rim design.

9. Other changes

The major external change is the 3.8 badge on the front fender, immediately above the turn indicator repeater (and the GLS wheel and tyre combination fitted to GLX as standard).

There is improved anti-corrosion treatment, including wheelhouse undercoating treatment, on all models.

The multi-function display screen on GLS and Exceed models now has a blue background with three screen displays - time/date, compass/barometer/altimeter, and air conditioning/internal-external temperature display (Exceed).

GLS has an in-dash 6-CD stacker as standard.

All petrol models now get a higher capacity alternator - up from 100amp to 110amp. (Di-D models carry over their 125amp alternator). As well, an improved starter motor - up to 1.4kW from 1.2kW - is standard on all petrol models.

Petrol models also get a higher performance starter motor - 1.4kW, up from 1.2kW - while the Di-D 2.2kW starter motor carries over.

Premium Roadside Assistance is now a standard item for all '04 M/Y Exceed models.

10. Model Line-up

The model line-up is largely unchanged from previously, namely:

   
5 door wagon
   
GLX
GLS
Exceed
3.5 V6 Petrol 5 sp Man
S
S
-
3.8 V6 Petrol 5 sp Auto
S
S
S
3.2 Di Diesel 5 sp Man
S
S
-
3.2 Di Diesel 5 sp Auto
S
S
S

11. Options

Options available are:

GLX Dual SRS airbags with pre-tensioners
$500
GLS Side airbags
$500
Exceed Electric tilt/slide sunroof
$1,850

 
GLX
GLS
Exceed
Dual SRS airbags with pretensioners
OPT
STD
STD
Side SRS airbags
NA
OPT
STD
Sunroof
NA
NA
OPT

12. Paint/Trim

With the move to MMC global colour names, all 04MY colours have changed names to more generic terms. A matrix is attached below for colour / model availability.

 
GLX
GLS
EXCEED
 
Blast Fabric/Neo Backskin Knit
Brook Fabric/Neo Backskin Knit
Black Leather inserts
Beige Leather inserts
Cool Silver Metallic
X
X
X
 
Green Mica
X
 
 
 
Beige Metallic
X
X
X
X
Deep Blue Mica
X
X
X
 
White Solid
X
 
 
 
Black Mica
X
X
X
X
White Pearl
 
 
X
 
Deep Blue Mica / Medium Grey Metallic
 
X
X
 
Green Mica / Medium Grey Metallic
 
X
 
X
Cool Silver Metallic / Medium Grey
 
X
X
 
Black Mica / Medium Grey Metallic
 
X
X
 
Medium Red Mica / Medium Grey Metallic
 
X
 
X
White Solid / Cool Silver Metallic
 
X
X
X

13. Sales Forecast

The current running rate for '03 Pajero is 683 units per month. With the release of the '04 M/Y, with its improved specification and value-for-money, we expect to lift that to 900 units per month, broken up as below:

 
'03 M/Y
'04 M/Y
GLX
102
223
GLS
247
350
Exceed
334
327

Total
683
900

The slight percentage change in mix is brought about by the re-positioning of the GLX and GLS models, which is expected to reduce Exceed's share of the mix.

Achieving these targets will lift Pajero's share of the Medium SUV segment from 22.6% to 29.7%.

14. Pricing

There are marginal increases in pricing on some models, and when taking the additional specification that has become standard on most models, the RRP for '04 M/Y Pajero is a very attractive proposition. Prices have been set at:

M/T A/T
GLX
3.5 litre V6 petrol $46,390 n/a (+$600)
3.8 litre V6 petrol n/a $49,390 (+$600)
3.2 litre Di-D $48.590 $51,590 (-$1,700 and -$1,700)
GLS
3.5 litre V6 petrol $52,590 n/a (nil change)
3.8 litre V6 petrol n/a $55,590 (nil change)
3.2 litre Di-D $53,990 $56,990 (-$2,420 and -$2,420)
Exceed
3.5 litre V6 petrol n/a n/a
3.8 litre V6 petrol n/a $62,990 (+$1,250)
3.2 litre Di-D n/a $66,990 (+$250)

Conclusion

The introduction of the '04 M/Y Pajero is a great story, building on the enviable reputation that Pajero has always enjoyed for its driver enjoyment.

With a reputation hard-earned in the crucible of intense and torrid off-road championships, and leading the 4WD market with sensible innovation, the latest NP Pajero range has added a host of useable and safety related specification that include:

  • 3.8 litre V6 petrol engine on automatic models,
  • ABS with EBD standard across the range, )
  • ATC standard on 3.5 litre V6 models, ) MATT
  • ASC standard on all other models )
  • 16" alloy wheel standard on GLX
  • seat belt pre-tensioners standard with dual SRS airbags,
  • Improved electronics,
  • Improved corrosion treatment,
  • Improved drivability,
  • Improved specification,
  • Premium roadside assistance standard on Exceed,

And, all with little or no price increase on petrol models, and a significant re-positioning of Di-D models to make this class-leading technology more affordable.

As Pajero enters its 21st year it is again poised to set the standard for others to imitate.

15. Specifications

Engine
3.5 litre V6 SOHC 24-valve petrol engine:
Displacement:  
3497cc
Bore X stroke:
93.0mm X 85.8mm
Compression Ratio:
9.0:1
Max power:
140kW @ 5000rpm
Max torque:
303Nm @ 3500rpm
 
3.8 litre V6 SOHC 24-valve petrol engine:
Displacement:
3828cc
Bore X stroke:
95.0mm X 90.0mm
Compression Ratio:
9.5:1
Max power:
150kW @ 5000rpm
Max torque:
314Nm @ 3250rpm
 
3.2 litre Direct Injection Diesel 16-valve 4-cylinder engine:
Displacement:
3200cc
Bore X stroke:
98.5mm X 105.0mm
Compression Ratio:
17.0:1
Max power:
121kW @ 3800rpm
Max torque:
373Nm @ 2000rpm
 
Transmission
 
5-spd M/T
5-spd A/T
 
petrol/diesel
petrol/diesel
First
4.234/4.234
3.789/3.789
Second
2.238/2.238
2.057/2.057
Third
1.398/1.398
1.421/1.421
Fourth
1.000/1.000
1.000/1.000
Fifth
0.819/0.760
0.731/0.731
Reverse
3.553/3.553
3.865/3.865
Final Drive Ratio
4.300/4.100
4.300/3.917
Transfer Ratio
- High
1.000/1.000
1.000/1.000
- Low
1.900/1.900
1.900/1.900

Clutch
Single dry plate with diaphragm spring, hydraulically actuated, asbestos-free

Brakes
4-wheel discs, power assisted.
ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution.

Suspension
Front Independent double wishbone coil spring and stabiliser bar.
Rear Independent multi-link coil spring and stabiliser bar.

Steering
Power assisted rack and pinion.

Wheels
7.00JJ X 16" alloy

Tyres
265/70R 16" steel belted radials

Fuel tank capacity
90 litres

Dimensions (mm)

 
GLX
GLS
Exceed
Length
4810
4830
4830
Width
1885
1895
1895
Height
1855
1855
1855
Wheelbase
2780
2780
2780
Track - front
1560
1560
1560
Rear
1560
1560
1560
Turning circle (kerb to kerb)
11.4
11.4
11.4
 
 
 
 
Ground clearance - petrol
235
235
235
Diesel
225
225
225
Approach angle
39
39
39
Departure angle
24
24
24
Ramp angle
24.5
24.5
24.5
Fording depth
600
600
600
 
 
 
 
Nominal weight
Kerb Mass
Petrol manual
2070
2090
-
Auto
2070
2090
2130
Diesel manual
2120
2140
-
Auto
2120
2140
2180
Gross Vehicle Mass
Petrol manual
2760
2760
-
Auto
2760
2760
2760
Diesel manual
2810
2810
-
Auto
2810
2810
2810
Gross Combination Mass
Petrol manual
5260
5260
-
Auto
5260
5260
5260
Diesel manual
5310
5310
-
Auto
5310
5310
5310
 
 
 
 
Towing Capacity
With trailer brakes
2500
2500
2500
Without trailer brakes
750
750
750

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