Mitsubishi New Zealand has boosted its Pajero four-wheel drive range with the handsome three-door, short wheelbase model.
Five-door Pajeros were launched here earlier this year and are selling well.
Unlike the five-door the new three-door model will be available as a diesel only, though it's available in two trim levels, the GLS and the upmarket Exceed.
The $65,500 GLS has dual airbags; an anti-theft engine immobiliser; leather-wrapped steering wheel; electrically-operated windows and exterior mirrors; six-speaker sound system with 10-disc Compact Disc changer, and powered aerial.
The $70,500 Exceed builds on that with side airbags; cruise control; leather-faced seats; heated front seats; power-adjustable driver's seat; wood-rimmed steering wheel; and an electrically-operated glass sunroof. Exterior differences from the GLS include chromed grille and exterior mirrors; roof rack rails; foglamps; and an aerofoil over the tailgate.
The 3.2 litre direct injection diesel engine puts out 121kW of power and 373Nm of peak torque. It drives through a five-speed automatic gearbox.
Like the five-door, the three-door has a monocoque chassis/body in place of the separate frame and body of previous Pajeros. Overall length of 4280mm is 515mm shorter than the five-door. The three-door's wheelbase is 2545mm.
The angle of approach for off-road work is 42 degrees, and the angle of departure is 33.5 degrees. Ground clearance is 225mm.
The all-round independent suspension is by double wishbones at the front, and multi links at the rear. Tyres are 265/70Rs on 16-inch rims. ABS anti-skid braking is standard on the four-wheel discs.
The selectable four-wheel drive system has a feature which adjusts the torque automatically between front and rear axles, reacting to wheel slippage to retain maximum traction. It switches the torque split between 30/70 and 50/50. Rear diff locks are standard.
Mitsubishi NZ marketing Chief Mike Alexander says there's been "solid demand" for the three-door. The first shipment has been pre-sold.