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Mitsubishi 4×4 Experience Nationwide Tour hits East Malaysia

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Over the next two months, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia’s fleet of 4×4 vehicles, namely the Triton VGT and Pajero Sport VGT will be touring the major cities of East Malaysia as part of the Mitsubishi 4×4 Experience Nationwide Tour 2013.

Admission is free for all members of the public, with the event having gotten underway with its first roadshow at The Spring Shopping Mall in Kuching last weekend from 14 to 16 September 2013. Subsequent events will follow according to the schedule below:

Visitors to the event will get to see and experience the Triton VGT and Pajero Sport VGT through a special obstacle course including giant ramp and side traverse.

Bookings received for any Mitsubishi vehicles during the Mitsubishi Experience Nationwide Tour 2013 will be rewarded with special edition Ralliart Sports Water Bottles., and visitors who test-drives any Mitsubishi vehicle will receive Mitsubishi merchandizes while stocks last.

Picture: Official Mitsubishi release

Mitsubishi Super Deals offering Free Maintenance and Cash Rebates

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is offering free maintenance programmes up to 2 years, cash rebates up to RM 10,000 and free Mitsubishi genuine accessories for selected 2012 models until 31 August 2013 or while stocks last.

Offers vary from model to model and they are listed below:
- ASX: Free accessories worth RM1,300 and a choice between two years free maintenance plus cash rebate up to RM8,000 OR a pure cash rebate of up to RM10,000.
- Lancer Sportback: Choose between two years free maintenance plus cash rebate up to RM1,000 OR a pure cash rebate of up to RM3,000.
- Mirage GL CVT: Two years free maintenance, free tonneau cover, and Petronas gift card worth RM1,000.
- Pajero Sport VGT: Two years free maintenance plus cash rebate up to RM5,000 and free accessories worth RM1,800 OR pure cash rebate up to RM7,000.
- Triton 2.5 M/T: Two years free maintenance plus cash rebate up to RM5,000 OR pure cash rebate up to RM7,000.
- Triton VGT: Two years free maintenance plus cash rebate up to RM6,500 OR pure cash rebate up to RM8,000.

The two-year free maintenance package outlined above offers free maintenance on parts lubricants and labour costs. Parts covered by the package include engine oil, fuel filters, air cleaner, brake fluid, coolant, differential oil and transmission oil (based on the recommended scheduled service).

Mitsubishi Raya Promotions 2012

Monday, July 9th, 2012

In its latest Hari Raya promotions, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia offers brand new owners of the Triton Pick-up Trucks, ASX SUV and all Pajero Sport SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicle) with the following attractive rewards from 30 June to 31 August:

Mitsubishi Triton
- 40″ Sharp Aquos LED TV for Triton AT, MT, and MT Standard
- 32″ Sharp Aquos LED TV for Triton VGT and Triton Lite Turbo

Mitsubishi ASX
- 32″ Sharp Aquos LED TV

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
- Genuine Accessories worth RM4,500 inclusive of Front & Rear Airdams, Mirror Cover with LED Indicators, and Rear Garnish.

Cash Rebates are offered to all models (except Pajero Exceed) or 2-Years Free Maintenance Package, which covers Engine Oil, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, Air Cleaner, Brake Fluids, Coolants, Transmission Oil & Differential Oil (based on recommended scheduled service).

Mitsubishi celebrate multiple car award wins for 2010

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, brimming with joy over three of its cars picking up trophies in the recent Malaysian auto awards season, is celebrating the occasion with giveaway freebies for all customers who test drive or place a booking for a Mitsubishi vehicle from now until 31 December 2010.

Customers who walk into a Mitsubishi showroom to test drive any model, from luxury 4X4s to family sedans, will get a limited edition Mitsubishi merchandise (while stocks last). The festive reward value will vary according to the respective variants and models (terms and conditions apply). Customers will also receive an exclusive Mitsubishi jacket for booking and vehicle registered by 31 December.

Mitsubishi has been a prolific winner in recent Malaysian car awards, and this year the Triton facelift, Pajero Sport GL, and Pajero added a trophy each to the company’s cabinet. The Triton and Pajero Sport GL were named Best Pick-Up and Best Large SUV categories respectively by Autocar ASEAN, while the newly launched Mitsubishi Pajero won the SUV Category (RM280,000 – RM350,000) at the New Straits Times / Maybank Car of the Year 2010 Awards.

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Mitsubishi Triton

Mitsubishi Raya Bonus Excitement

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

In conjunction with the upcoming Raya festive period, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia is offering the following offers and promotions for potential customers in period from 23 Aug to 30 Sept 2010:

- Cash bonus up to RM3,000 for all customers who book and register any Mitsubishi model during the promotion period. The actual bonus value, however, would vary between models.

- Free Mitsubishi jacket for booking and registering of any Mitsubishi model

- Two-Year Free Maintenance package for all models bought during the promotional period except for the Triton Lite. The package provides free maintenance parts and labour costs for owners. Parts covered by the package include Engine Oil, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, Air Cleaner, Brake Fluid, Coolant, Differential Oil and Transmission Oil (based on recommended scheduled service intervals).

- Free Mitsubishi merchandise for customers who test drive any Mitsubishi model during the period. While stocks last, of course.

- 20% discount on selected spare parts at Mitsubishi service centres. Free golf umbrella for Mitsubishi owners.

New Grandis, Red Metallic pajero sport gl

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Media Test Drive

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Recently, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia organized a special test drive session of the all-new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport for members of the local media. A total of 21 journalists from various publications were invited to attend the event. Spread into five cars, each took turns to drive the Pajero Sport from KL all the way up to Penang and back the following day with a few backroad detours thrown in to fully test its ride, handling and off-road capabilities.

The media pack gathered in the morning at MMM’s HQ in Shah Alam, where they were introduced to Mitsu’s veteran Dakar Rally driver Hiroshi Masuoka, who played a key role in the development of the Pajero Sport. At 9:30am, after a quick group photo, everybody got into their assigned cars and fired up the Pajero’s (let’s use the Sport moniker sparingly from this point forward) two and a half litre turbo-diesel powerplant. Collectively, the five diesel engines idling together produced an audible clatter, which became markedly reduced when the cars are on their own.

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Journalists being introduced to Masuoka, before getting into their respective cars.

I was placed in Car No. 3, in the company of  a trio of experienced veteran writers – LeePS of Auto International, Yamin Vong of CBT and BH Chan of Chinese-language based magazine Motorcar. We were flagged off by MMM Chairman, Datuk Syed Hisham Syed Wazir, in the presence of Masuoka-san, CEO Mr Keizo Ono and COO En Omar Harun, with LeePS at the helm of our car. The mini-convoy headed to its first destination at the Selangor Fruit Valley at Bukit Bestari, Rawang. Driving sedately, LeePS was taking it easy on the highway, allowing the other cars to build a sizeable lead over us.

As LeePS strolled the Pajero forward at a leisurely pace, the three of us on the passenger seats had time to look around and evaluate the quality of its cabin. Impressions at this stage were good. The cabin is solidly built, and while the materials used are not bespoke, they look very capable of lasting years of hard use. We got a little wind noise on the highway, but not enough to disrupt our conversations or the music collection stored in the little Pajero-shaped thumbdrive plugged into the USB slot by MMM.

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LeePS took it easy on the highways, but gave the Pajero a thrashing along the Rawang backroads.

We eventually caught up with the other test cars at Exit 117 to Rawang & Batang Berjuntai. Heavy traffic split us from the convoy again, but once clear, LeePS absolutely hammered the Pajero through the twists of Jalan Batu Arang to get us again within touching distance of YS, Chris Wee and the others. Here, the Pajero’s tall body exhibited rolling tendencies, but the use of double wishbones up front teamed with independent rear suspension held by a lateral rod kept things firmly in check.

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Lateral rod kept body roll in check. Journalists were impressed.

LeePS was able to eventually catch up with the convoy again and we kept on their tails until we reached the Selangor Fruit Valley. There, we were treated to a feast of durians, rambutans, and mangosteens as Masuoka-san to took each of us in-turn on “taxi-ride” on a rough off-road track through the fruit farm in a bog-standard Pajero, rally style. It was an exercise to demonstrate the off-road ability and hardiness of the Pajero, with the engineering borne out of Mitsubishi’s 25-year experience in rallying.

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Selangor Fruit Valley – a feast of fruits and an off-road track awaited us here.

Although Masuoka appeared to be driving around the farm like a madman, there was little doubt that he knew what he was doing. During the few times that the Pajero almost lost grip, he was able to recover the situation almost nonchalantly, while casually engaging us in a conversation. You wouldn’t guess it from the pictures, but bumps aside, it was very refined in the cabin. The Pajero just took everything Masuoka threw at it without much fuss, emerging from this chassis-shattering ordeal none the worse for wear.

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Danny here actually had a proper conversation with Masuoka as the latter throws the Pajero Sport around the fruit farm.

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Poser…

We left the fruit farm with LeePS still behind the wheel, and continued along Jalan Batu Arang in the direction we came from. At this point, it seemed that the designated first drivers have gotten the best deal of the journey. After driving the Pajero through a stretch of untarred road, LeePS got to put the claimed 314Nm peak torque of the Pajero’s common-rail diesel engine to test with stretches of long straight roads. Overtaking on dual-lane single carriageways is not beyond the Pajero, but such efforts are best executed with some planning as the engine takes a few seconds to respond after burying your right foot on the throttle.

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LeePS got to further test the Pajero’s breadth of abilities.

The convoy regrouped for a driver change just before we re-entered the PLUS highway at Bukit Tagar, where Yamin took the reins in our car. The designated second drivers got an all-highway route as we cruised steadily to our next rest stop at Tapah for the next driver change. After taking a moment to freshen up, the keys were handed to me, as I was tasked to take Yamin, LeePS and BH to join the convoy for lunch at Indulgence Cafe at Ipoh, before continuing our journey to Bukit Gantang for our next driver change.

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Lunch at Indulgence Cafe, Ipoh

My leg of the journey behind the wheel takes us, much to my delight, through the winding and sloping stretches of the PLUS highway at Jelapang. Here, I had to call on the manual shifting function on the INVECS-II four-speed automatic transmission for added traction at the bends. It allowed for more confident cornering, but at a lanky 1.8-metres in height, the Pajero Sport was never going to pull off any physics-defying moves.

Along the straights, the Pajero Sport was a civilized cruiser. Although having only four ratios to play with, the auto gearbox was able to keep the tachometer ticking just over 2,000rpm at the national speed limit. There’s a slight lag in throttle response when prodded, but when it gets on song, all the torque of the diesel engine is delivered in smooth and seamless fashion, evidenced by a steady but relentless march of the speedometer into the triple-digit range.

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4A/T proved adequate during our test drive.

Compared to the 2.0-litre Captiva that we tested last weekend, the Pajero Sport’s 2,477cc 4D56 oil-burner, despite a 500cc advantage, loses out in the output stakes. Against the Captiva, it has a power and torque deficit of 12hp and 6Nm, with Mitsu claiming output figures of 136hp @3,500rpm and 314Nm @ 2,000rpm respectively. Not that this these figures make the Pajero a slouch, but it’s worth noting that in Europe, this engine is tuned to produce in excess of 170hp. According to MMM, the conservative tuning of the engine’s output is to accommodate the lower quality diesel of our market.

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2.5-litre 4D56 is a little low on power compared to other alternatives, but still pulls Pajero strongly enough.

After swapping drivers at Bukit Gantang, where I vacated the drivers seat to make way for BH, the convoy continued all the way to Penang almost without interruption, though it was a tortoise-paced drive once we crossed the Penang bridge. It took us more than 45 minutes to crawl our way from the bridge to the premises of the Shangri-La Rasa Sayang resort at Batu Ferringhi, where we checked in for the night after an exhausting day behind the wheel. The day’s programme was then wrapped up with a buffet dinner at Shangri-La’s very own Tepi Laut Restaurant & Bar, where Masuoka-san and the other representatives interacted with inquisitive members of the media in a feedback session of the Pajero Sport.

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Our lair for the night.

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Dinner at
Tepi Laut.

The next morning, as some of the other journalists engaged each other in a game of golf, I was able to spend some time on my own with one of the Pajero Sport test cars. Strong sunlight limited my photography options, but I was able to better explore the various features of the interior, not to mention testing the Pajero’s handling along the twisty coastal road of Batu Ferringhi. As advertised, the Super Select 4WD (SS4) system enabled on-the-fly switching between RWD and 4WD mode in seamless fashion up to 100kph.

There are three 4WD modes available – high range (4H), high ranged with locked centre differential (4HLc), and low range with locked centre differential (4LLc), with the chosen setting shown in an on-dash display. Setting the drivetrain to ’4LLc’ gives the Pajero the ability to climb slopes up 35 degrees steep, while maximum lateral travel angle is rated at 45 degrees. Complimenting the SS4, is a hybrid LSD with helical gears and a viscous coupling. As far as off-roading ability goes, the Pajero Sport is every bit a worthy bearer of the nameplate.

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Super Select 4WD indicator embedded in instrument panel.

It is however, a little short in terms of equipment. For 163,000 of your hard-earned ringgits, you will not be getting any one of auto-cruise, steering mounted controls, trip computers, or even a dash-mounted clock. The Kenwood ICE system with 2-DIN HU is a decent piece of kit though, with MP3, WMA and DVD capability built-in. A USB slot placed at the bottom of the centre console next to the cigarette lighter. As a safety feature, and also part of JPJ requirements, the DVD video player can only be used when the car is at a full stop.

Folding of the rear seats, an important feature for potential buyers of this car, can be operated intuitively. Both rows can be split folded, allowing for various cargo/passenger carrying configurations.  The folding mechanism has a solid feel about it, but occasionally it may take more than one attempt to snap the seats back in place. Releasing them was easy enough, especially the back row. It may sound flimsy, but all you have to do pull a couple of straps and the back row seats just tumble forward, slotting themselves nicely to form a flat bed.

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Dash is well-designed and solidly built, but at RM163k, it could do with more equipment.

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Various possible configurations of the rear seats.

For the return journey to KL, the pack was once again reshuffled, as each car headed home (MMM HQ) independently. I once again found myself in Yamin’s company, but this time we were joined by Salihin of Berita Harian Auto and Ong Siew Lam of Sin Chew. Yamin got us going, and took us through another winding back road of Tanjung Bungah before we joined Jalan Gottlieb and headed straight for the bridge. We swapped drivers twice, but it was an uneventful journey home. The only incident of note was that we had an encounter with a police roadblock, but we were waved right through without having to stop.

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Yamin gave the Pajero a good workout, before retiring to the backseat.

During our two days with it, the Pajero Sport gave us a very good impression of its abilities. It was properly refined on the straights, and equally adept in rough terrain. Being mounted on a ladder frame, it does lose out against monocoque-framed rivals in the urban battlefield. In addition, a specs sheet which features a four-speed auto gearbox and rear drum brakes is not likely to impress either, especially at RM163k. What the Pajero Sport has going for it is the ruggedness of its drivetrain, suspension and build quality making it a capable off-roader.

Specifications: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Price (OTR incl. insurance, Peninsula): RM162,980.00
Engine: 4D56, 2,477cc, 16V, inline-4, DOHC, turbodiesel with intercooler.
Max Power: 136hp @ 3,500rpm
Max Torque: 314Nm @ 2,000rpm
Drivetrain: 4-speed INVECS-II automatic transmission, Super Select 4WD
Brakes (front/rear): Vent disc / Drums
Suspension (front / rear): Double wishbones / 3-link with lateral rod
Tyres: 265/65 R17
Length × Width × Height: 4,695mm × 1,815mm × 1,800mm
Wheelbase: 2,800mm
Weight: 2,055kg (kerb), 2,710kg(gross)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 70 litres

(+): Rugged build, good high speed refinement, Super Select 4WD.
(-): Underequipped for the price

Verdict: The Pajero Sport is difficult to recommend if you’re an urban only user. However, if you need to constantly go offroad, this is a car to consider.

View the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Media Test Drive thread in our forum here.