Mitsubishi Pajero Sport : First Drive
If big is beautiful, mud-plugging your favourite pastime and you fantasize about taking part in the Dakar Rally, look no further than the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
But then again, who wants to drive a Pajero around the city all day long? Especially when you have an awesome 4x4 system onboard! The Super Select 4WD system onboard the Pajero Sport has been tried and tested under the most gruelling conditions of international rallying. The shifter offers a total of four settings which include 2H, which is perfect for everyday driving in two-wheel drive mode, 4H allows you to take on slick or bad roads thanks to added traction, and the 50:50 front/rear torque split ensures that you have an enhanced level of control for high speed driving. Incidentally, you can shift from 2H to 4H on the fly up to 100km/h.
To take on the boonies, 4HLc is the ideal selection for the 4x4 capability is enhanced with the center differential being locked, and finally you have 4LLc, which essentially is the 4x4 low range with the centre differential locked that maximises low end torque and can help you get out of the worst of situations. It’s a crawling mode that can best be compared to a tractor like drive style. With all this power further enhanced by the seemingly endless off-roading capability of the Pajero Sport, I couldn’t but help resist leaving the tarmac for some muddy mayhem!
Soaking in the undulations, traversing over rocky terrain and literally ploughing your own road, one cannot but help letting out an evil laugh. The Pajero makes you feel as though you are the king of the jungle and nothing can destroy you. Mitsubishi’s famed rally DNA shines through as this behemoth takes on the unknown with ease. It’s a true blue SUV and Mitsubishi has ensured that it comes with the goodies right from its underpinnings which include the new thinner, lighter steel frame that retains the strength required to go boulder bashing.
I’ve already spoken about the super select 4x4, however adding to that is the fact that the Pajero Sport boasts of a solid 215mm of ground clearance and the short front of rear overhangs which translates to the vehicle possessing a 36-degree approach angle, a 23-degree ramp break over angle and a 25-degree departure angle. Coupled with large 17-inch wheels shod with a solid amount of rubber, the Pajero Sport remains unfazed no matter what you try and drive it over. It’s extremely capable and frankly I felt that the amount of off-roading that I was undertaking was probably just a walk in the park for the Pajero Sport.
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