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Mitsubishi Pajero 2016 Review

There was a time when every well to do Filipino family wished they had a Mitsubishi Pajero in their garage. As a pioneer in the luxury SUV segment in the country, it has become a status symbol for many. Although many new brands and models have entered the market, there are some who've always classified the Pajero in a league of its own. Today, we take a closer look at the latest model fitted with a more powerful heart and even more luxury appointments.

It's hard to notice that Mitsubishi has given its flagship Pajero an extensive rework this year. Looking at it, it's all classic Pajero bumper to bumper. The upswept headlights, upright styling, and tailgate-mounted spare tire immediately tells you it's a Pajero from a mile away. And bucking the trend towards low-profile tires, it maintains 18-inch wheels and tires, perfect for those who occasionally need to go off-road.

Inside is where the Pajero begins to show its age. With its newer rivals all boasting fancy, sweeping designs to their dashboards, this one has an upright almost Spartan layout. Nonetheless, Mitsubishi has done well to update it with a touchscreen multimedia system. Even the classic triple center cluster has been updated to a digital-type one.

The boxy profile of the Pajero gives it unparalleled visibility. The soft, cushy seats provide excellent comfort while the upright styling lends it generous headroom.

The biggest news for 2017 is the Pajero's more powerful heart. Retaining the same 3.2-liter Di-D engine from before, Mitsubishi has added a variable geometry turbo upping the power to 192 horsepower from 165. Torque is also up to 441 Nm.

Passing power is effortless while NVH levels are well-controlled. The ride is also relaxed, capable of isolating any sort of obstacle. It also resists the urge to be overly floaty, feeling planted even at high speeds.

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