KEEP keeping on. That's the motto for Mitsubishi's Pajero.
The ageing off-roader has been upgraded for 2015, gaining some styling tweaks, more features and most importantly lower pricing.
Reduced to a three-model offering, the Pajero still starts from $50,990 for the base model GLX manual but the range topping Exceed automatic is now $65,990 - an $8000 reduction.
Exterior changes include a different front bumper, chrome radiator grille and spare tyre cover design. Mitsubishi has massaged the interior with a new centre panel design and chrome air-conditioning dials. Seven seats are now standard across the range.
Automatic models come with improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels, with extra acoustic insulation in the dash. Mitsubishi says noise absorbing material has been added to the engine hood, top cowl, floor area, headlining, rear quarter trim and front transmission tunnel area. A noise insulation layer has also been added to the laminated firewall material.
Three trims are available, GLX, GLS (which replaces GLX-R and VRX) and Exceed.
Basic GLX equipment includes 18-inch alloys, front LED daytime running lamps, privacy glass and chrome outer door handles and mirrors for added style, high intensity discharge headlamps and a rear differential lock.
GLS adds Mitsubishi Multi Communication System with sat nav, reversing sensors, automatic wipers and lights, as well as heated and power front seats and partial leather seat trim.
The top-shelf Exceed gets an electric sunroof with slide and tilt, sport pedals, chrome windscreen and side protection moulding, a wood and leather four-spoke steering wheel and automatic high beam.
"The Pajero nameplate has rightfully earned its reputation for legendary off-road performance through decades of development and success in motorsport," Mitsubishi Motors Australia executive director of marketing Tony Principe said. "The updated 2015 Pajero range is packed full of features and offers the ultimate in premium four-wheel driving with no compromise on value."
Model: Mitsubishi Pajero MY15.
Details: Five-door seven-seat large four-wheel-drive sports utility vehicle.
Engine: 3.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel generating maximum power of 147kW @ 3800rpm and peak torque of 441Nm @ 2000rpm.
Transmission: Five-speed manual or five-speed automatic.
Consumption: 8.4-9 litres/100km (combined average).
Bottom line plus on-roads: GLX (m) $50,990, GLX (a) $53,990, GLS (a) $58,990, Exceed (a) $65,990.