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New Pajero diesel rated to tow 3000kg with 441Nm claimed at 2000rpm

December 17, 2008
New Pajero diesel rated to tow 3000kg with 441Nm claimed at 2000rpm

All Mitsubishi NT Pajero four-wheel drive long-wheel base vehicles in the 2009 range now have increased towing capacity of 3,000kg, up from the previous models 2,500 kg limit.

Industry website Autonews reports today that a revised Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) product line-up is available and two new models the entry level GL and the family oriented GLS - are added to the range.

Mitsubishi adds an engine upgrade, cabin and exterior refinements, increased towing capacity and revised specifications to the NT Pajero four-wheel drive range.

The upgraded 3.2-litre turbo diesel engine is the big news across the entire range. The 4M41Common Rail DI-D, the new engine gives the Pajero 147kW of power at 3,800 rpm and 441Nm of torque at 2000 rpm.

Mitsubishi claims 18 per cent improvement in both power and torque over the former diesel model. The 4M41 engine is said to deliver up to 13 per cent better fuel economy over the previous model.

The new diesel engine conforms to Euro 4 Emissions controls.

Robert McEniry, Mitsubishis President and Chief Executive Officer said today that - The new Pajero represents a real-world improvement from the previous model and offers benefits such as an engine with more grunt, a quieter and more sophisticated cabin environment, greater towing capacity and an improved exterior aesthetic, Mr McEniry said.

The 3.8-litre petrol V6 MIVEC engine will continue to be offered, along with a choice of both three- or five-door body styles, and the current standard five-speed manual or optional automatic transmissions, or the upgraded automatic transmission on the new diesel engine.

Engine type, transmission and body style combinations vary depending on the specification level. Five-door variants include the GL, GLX, GLS, and the premium VRX and Exceed models.The new entry level GL variant comes with the new 4M4I diesel engine only, mated to either a standard five-speed manual or optional new five-speed automatic transmission and offers a high standard of specifications including 17x7.5JJ steel wheels, fabric seat trim, an AM/FM CD player and either five or seven seats. Side and curtain airbags and a rear diff lock are available options.

Mitsubishi NT Pajero Exceed 5 Door
Mitsubishi NT Pajero Exceed 5 Door

An improved Emission Control System includes upgrades to the airflow, intake air temperature and boost pressure sensors, and EGR valves and coolers.

Pajeros 3.8 litre V6 SOHC 24-valve petrol engine with MIVEC (Mitsubishis variable valve timing), introduced with the NS model in 2006, produces 184kW@6,000 rpm and 329Nm at 2,750 rpm and has often been praised for its available power and efficiency.

Switching between high and low speed cam profiles to drive the twin intake valves, the Pajeros 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine produces a flexible power delivery with on-road relaxed performance across the full rev range. This engine is also Euro 4 compliant and LPG compatible.

Editor's Note: A response from Mitsubishi to questions about towing with the new Pajero NT is now in Forums General.

Mitsubishi NT Pajero Exceed 5 Door.
Mitsubishi NT Pajero Exceed 5 Door.