Range-topping Exceed ditched in favour of two-variant Pajero range with updated tech for 2020
Mitsubishi Australia has pared back its local Pajero line-up just months after the Japanese market announced it would discontinue the seven-seater altogether.
The manufacturer hopes the range rationalisation could increase the Pajero’s sales, with the enduring SUV’s popularity overtaken in recent years by the Pajero Sport (which is about to be updated), Hyundai Santa Fe and Mazda CX-9.
As part of the consolidation, Mitsubishi has discontinued its range-topping Exceed, leaving the base-model GLX and previous mid-spec GLS as the only two variants available.
Pricing is unchanged, the GLX anchoring the line-up at $53,990 (plus on-road costs) and the GLS at $59,490 (plus ORCs), but both models have received minor equipment updates.
The GLS variant gains a Rockford Fosgate 12-speaker audio system, while the GLX gets HID headlights with auto high-beam, auto-levelling and headlight washer jets.
Both variants are powered by the same 3.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, producing 147kW of power and 441Nm of torque.
Paired to a five-speed automatic transmission, power is sent to all four wheels through Mitsubishi’s Super Select II 4WD system.
And, while 2020 Pajero variants are fitted with emergency brake assist, it doesn’t get popular active safety features such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) or adaptive cruise control.
Mitsubishi Australia says 2020 Pajero models are on sale now.