Can a Pajero tow a caravan?

In this article, we will answer the following question:  Can a Pajero tow a caravan? We will review the Mitsubishi Pajero; talk about its engine, interior and exterior, safety and behaviour on the road. 

Can a Pajero tow a caravan?

The Mitsubishi Pajero is a reasonably good car for towing a caravan. With a towing capacity of 3000 kg, it can pull a fully-loaded caravan or trailer of any size. 

Under the hood of Pajero hides a classic DID diesel engine that has 4 cylinders in line and a displacement of 3.2 litres. It is on average up to 200 cc larger than all that offers the competition, and the car’s behaviour is more than admirable.

Pajero’s engine offers a maximum power of 200 hp and engine torque of 441 Nm starting at 2,000 pm.  At first glance, this torque is offered at a relatively high speed, but the power resources of a 3.2 DID are also large on a much higher speed range.

Mitsubishi Pajero Towing Capacity

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20163000kg3000kg
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20143000kg3000kg
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20113000kg3000kg
20102500kg3000kg
20092500kg3000kg
20082500kg2500kg
20072500kg2500kg
20062500kg2500kg
20052500kg2500kg
20042500kg2500kg
20031200kg2500kg
20021200kg2500kg
20011200kg2500kg
20001200kg2500kg
19991200kg2500kg
19982500kg2500kg
19972500kg2500kg
19962500kg2500kg
19952500kg2500kg
19942500kg2500kg
19932500kg2500kg
19922500kg2500kg
19911500kg2500kg
19901500kg1500kg
19891500kg1500kg
19881500kg1500kg
19871500kg1500kg
19861350kg1500kg
19851350kg1350kg
19841350kg1350kg
19831350kg1350kg

Review: Mitsubishi Pajero

When we have to talk about the technology found at a Pajero, we have to say that this car is a generation that made its presence on the European market in 2006 when the Japanese came to the market with an atypical concept for the brand’s cars, ie the current Pajero has a self-supporting body that offers a much better behaviour on the road.

In fact, in everyday life, the Pajero 3.2 DID car is a real off-road that benefits from a relatively dynamic behaviour on the road, a feeling that makes it difficult for us to move into the SUV segment which is dominated by cars that are designed to run 90% on the road.

Any Pajero model is built exclusively in Japan and has a standard 4 × 4 system called Mitsubishi Super Select. It works in the classic mode with rear-wheel drive when driving on the road, but also has a reduction box for when we want to go on an off-road circuit.

The Super Select system has a lockable rear differential and a two-speed reducer in Low mode, technical details that no other competitor of this car enjoys. Quite simply, this transmission is so good off-road that the only problem the driver has to take into account is only the ground clearance and the angles of attack and clearance.

How does The Super Select 4WD II work?

The Super Select 4WD II system that equips the Pajero model has four transmission modes, which can be selected while driving.

The driver can choose between permanent all-wheel drive (4H), which includes a viscous coupling (VCU) and a central differential, short-wheel drive (4LLc) and rear-wheel drive (2H), which reduces fuel consumption and driving noise.

  • 4HLc: All-wheel drive with constant traction force distribution (central differential locked) Locking the centre differential in the range of long steps allows you to travel on sandy or snowy surfaces and rough roads.
  • 4LLc: All-wheel drive with constant traction force distribution, short gears (central differential locked) Locking the centre differential in the range of short gears allows you to travel on surfaces covered with stones or mud and is effective for unlocking the vehicle.

Mitsubishi Pajero: Is it worth it?

By far, the Mitsubishi Pajero remains a legendary all-terrain vehicle, both for its outstanding performance and for the status it has offered to its owners. For many years it was the symbol of power, being among the first real all-terrain vehicles to enter Europe, along with the no less famous Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Massive bumpers, headlights with clear glass and chrome sills, are the elements that highlight Pajero in terms of design. The impression of strength and robustness that the car releases is colossal, and due to the generous dimensions (with the rear door open, Pajero exceeds 6 m in length), but also because of the diesel engine specially designed to cope with its high mass.

Standard Pajero offers power steering, electrically operated windows, automatic air conditioning with separate adjustment for the front and rear seats, electronic immobilizer, fog lamps, height-adjustable front and steering seats, seat – second, folding 60:40, seat – third, folding and retractable in the trunk.

Normally, in a car designed for harsh conditions, we find a fuel heater, cruise control (autopilot), multifunctional RV Meter central display (indicates outside temperature, date and time, airflow direction, audio system information, compass, barometer and altimeter).

When it comes to luxury, Pajero boasts the audio system with radio – CD and 6 speakers, the luxury package – dashboard and steering wheel with wooden insert, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearbox, electrically operated hatch, tinted windows (side windows) rear and rear window) and aileron in body colour on the rear door.

In addition, there are electrically operated, heated and folding exterior mirrors, chrome, pressure headlight washer, central locking with remote control, front and side airbags for front seats, longitudinal rails on the ceiling, leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver and passenger seat with electric adjustment.

The automatic gearbox has five steps, but can also be ordered manually, in a sequential system. Normally, the Pajero uses a two-wheel drive for fuel economy, which copes even in difficult but dry terrain. 

For muddy roads, or where water is present in abundance, switch to 4H (4 × 4) mode with a lever. For extreme conditions, the qualities of the car are recognized, and with the lever in the 4HLC or 4LLC position, very low rotation speeds can be obtained, with the help of which 35-degree ramps can be approached and 60 cm fords can be passed.

As in the case of the competition (Nissan Patrol, Toyota LandCruiser) the engine is noisy in the passenger compartment, in the first gears, but also at high speed. It is not easy to hide the noise of a power plant that can propel the “monster” of over two tons at 170 km / h! The consumption in 2 × 4 traction mode is around 11.9. 

Conclusions

The Pajero is not a cheap all-terrain car, but it offers performance, luxury and status that most of us only dream of. 

Body

+ Successful design, quality of assembly and painting, finishing

– Somewhat similar to the Toyota Landcruiser

Interior

+ Luxury equipment, order ergonomics, top optional equipment

– Lack of MP3 capability of the audio system

Comfort

+ Excellent driving comfort on good roads

– Quite difficult access inside, due to the high height of the thresholds

Engine / Transmission

+ Proper, high-performance and relatively economical engine/gearbox assembly

– Noisy engine in the first stages and at high speed

Road behaviour

+ Good road behaviour, even at 170 km / h, but especially in difficult terrain

– Beware of fast corners, high car mass and rear-wheel drive can cause unpleasant surprises.

If you have any questions about the Mitsubishi Pajero or want to share your knowledge with other readers, please let us know.

FAQ on Can a Pajero tow a caravan?

Is the Pajero good for towing?

With an impressive towing capacity of 3000 kg, the Pajero is pretty good for towing. It is not great, but it does a fair decent job with the maximum power of 200 hp and engine torque of 441 Nm starting at 2,000 pm.

What size caravan can a Pajero tow?

A Pajero can tow small to large-sized caravans. The towing limit of a Mitsubishi Pajero is 3000 kgs which are more than enough for a fully-loaded caravan.

Can a Pajero Sport tow a caravan?

Yes, Pajero Sport can tow a caravan. This model’s towing capacity reaches a maximum of 3,100 kgs. 

Is the Pajero being discontinued?

We can confirm that as of 2021, the Pajero is being discontinued, after more than 3.3 million sales worldwide. 

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