MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION (MMC) a few months ago unveiled for sale in Thailand a revised PAJERO SPORT. There is still no ‘word’ from Mitsubishi Malaysia on the possible introduction of this 7-seat SUV in Malaysia as the possible asking price puts it a little higher over the current segment leader, the Toyota Fortuner. For Malaysia, Toyota leads in this segment and with Chevrolet, Nissan and Ford not active in this segment, it would seem like a good idea for Mitsubishi to challenge the Fortuner….or at least try and see.
This new PAJERO SPORT adopts a more refined, powerful appearance, complemented with a refreshed interior that delivers quality and comfort. Easy-to-read 8-inch color LCD meter is newly adopted, and the Power Tailgate allows users to open and close the tailgate with a smartphone.
PAJERO SPORT is one of MMC’s global strategic models and has approximate 77,000 units sold globally in fiscal 2018. Manufactured at Laem Chabang plant of MITSUBISHI MOTORS (Thailand) Co.,Ltd., the company’s local production and distributor, the new PAJERO SPORT will eventually be sold in some 90 countries including the Philippines and Australia.
Fused with sedan-like comfort and functionality, the new PAJERO SPORT inherits the PAJERO series off-road capability, reliability and durability in a mid-size SUV.
It was redesigned with the theme of Elevate your Journey. It features more powerful yet refined exterior, high quality and comfortable interior with advanced functions. The new PAJERO SPORT is created to meet the drivers’ desire for exploration and adventure.
Exterior design accentuates wide, sculptured and powerful appearance
The MITSUBISHI MOTORS’ signature Dynamic Shield front view design concept has been further evolved on the new PAJERO SPORT while securing good visibility, emphasizing the sense of wideness with the headlights continuing from the front grille and the combination lamps at the bumper corners. The higher bonnet of the vehicle exhibits a deeper front face, while a more solid, powerful chrome part design projects a more refined, sophisticated appearance.
Advanced and convenient new components
Easy-to-read 8-inch color LCD meter, and 8 inch Smartphone-Link Display Audio (SDA). Power Tailgate (safety mechanism included) with a new hands-free feature.
MITSUBISHI Remote Control offers a number of functions that facilitate ease of access. It will send notification to the driver’s smartphone to lock the doors via the app when the driver leaves the vehicle with the doors unlocked.
The Power Tailgate can be opened or closed by smartphone. In addition, the tailgate reservation system can be preset by smartphone anywhere, which enables the driver to open or close the tailgate automatically when he/she approaches or leaves the vehicle. The keyless operation system is effective between the vehicle and within Bluetooth* operating range.
High quality and comfortable interior
Refreshed floor console and soft padded interior door handles enhance the overall interior look with quality and comfort. Storage tray that sits under the floor console can be accessible from left and right sides. New AC power outlet added on the existing USB plug at the console rear panel improves usability for all passengers.
Integrated vehicle performance
The 2.4L MIVEC turbo diesel and an 8-speed automatic transmission delivers excellent environmental and smooth performance.
Enhanced safety features with the addition of Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) functions.
The new PAJERO SPORT retains the Super-Select 4WD-II system that delivers optimal traction for all surfaces and confidence-inspiring handling characteristics. The off-road mode with a newly designed switch on 4WD models elevates all-terrain performance and self-extraction capability through the integrated control of engine output, transmission settings and brake power.
Pickup truck drivers are finding it increasingly hard to give other cars enough room when they park due to modern trucks getting wider by a foot on average despite car park spaces remaining the same size as the 1980’s. This leads to frustration among drivers and can result in angry notes being left on windscreens, as well as many bumps and scrapes in tight car park spaces.
However, if parking spaces were made bigger there would be less available car park spaces for drivers to use, which would also cause an inconvenience as there are more cars on the road than ever before, all battling for somewhere to park.
Our vehicles have definitely bulked up over the past few years. They’re as much as 25% wider than they were when many car parks were built and the most recent town council guidelines on space size date right back to the 1990s, when cars were definitely slimmer. There has been a huge surge in big 4x4s and SUVs and they’re all trying to cram themselves into our shrinking car parks.
UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), the sole importer and distributor for Toyota vehicles in Malaysia, recognizes the importance of having a comprehensive service network for its Toyota customers. Recently, a new Toyota 2S centre located at Klang, Selangor was opened. Operated by PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd, the centre offers aftersales services to Toyota customers and owners in Pandamaran, Bukit Tinggi, Bandar Botanik, and other nearby areas.
PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd has been an authorised Toyota dealer since 2015 with a sales outlet located in Bukit Tinggi, Klang. Over the past four years, as its sales have grown along with its customer base, it has made new investments to expand its facilities to raise the quality of services. This has led to the establishment of the new 2S outlet.
The service centre is equipped with 19 service bays with trained personnel to ensure that customers’ vehicles are promptly attended to. It is also equipped with diagnostic equipment and the necessary Special Service Tools to maintain Toyota vehicles. While waiting for their vehicles to be serviced, customers can relax in the lounge which has amenities for their comfort and convenience.
Commending PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd on their commitment to provide Toyota customers with high quality aftersales services, UMW Toyota Motor’s President, Ravindran K. said, “PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd has been our business partner since 2015 and has provided good services to customers. We are delighted to see that with the growth in their business, they have made the decision to upgrade their facilities to enhance their aftersales services. This has truly reflects the Toyota “Customer First” philosophy where priorities and value-added services are prepared for our customers’ convenience.”
PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd is located at PT 7420 Jalan Kim Chuan, Pandamaran, 42000 Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan.For enquiries, please call 03-3323 9398 (Sales) or 03-3385 2381 / 010-396 0468 (Service). Information on Toyota vehicles and the locations of outlets nationwide can be found at toyota.com.my.
The pickup truck market in North America and Asia does not seem to be slowing down, just like the SUV segment. So, it is probably time for SUV brands with no pickup trucks in their lineup to start thinking about it as the platform and technology from a SUV can easily be put into production as a pickup truck to cater to lifestyle buyers.
Kia Motors America (KMA) in 2016 unveiled a cutting-edge vision for a full-size SUV at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Called the ‘Telluride’, it was a striking three-row, seven-passenger, luxury SUV concept that featured a modern and upright shape, muscular stance, and state-of-the-art technology to care for its occupants.
Purely conceptual, the Kia Telluride was based on an existing platform and reveals the brand’s interest in potentially offering a premium SUV positioned above the current hot-selling Sorento 3-row SUV.
Now, with the same platform, Kia is able to produce this compact large pickup truck for the North American market, which could also see interest in Asia as we have seen with the Ford Raptor.
At 70.9-inches tall, 79.1-inches wide and 196.9-inches long, the Telluride SUV is 4.4-inches taller, 4.7-inches wider, and a sizable 9.5-inches longer than the current Sorento.
Underpinning the Telluride is a modified Sorento chassis with a wheelbase stretched 11.9 inches to 121.3 inches, giving Telluride a dominating presence. It’s modern and muscular appearance is accentuated by flared fenders stretching around massive 22-inch five-spoke wheels.
The Telluride’s front fascia incorporates a much larger version of Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, and its menacing face brings an attitude all its own with recessed quad-LED headlamps, pronounced horizontal LED indicator lights, and an aggressive polished-metal skid plate below the bumper. In the rear, thin vertical taillights align with the modern design language of the SUV, while consistent styling cues across the front and rear door handles, hood scoops and dual exhaust tips enhance the vehicle’s solid appearance.
The Mercedes-Benz Unimog celebrates its 70th anniversary with an updated model that looks better than any Hummer to enter the market.
Then the ultimate luxury off road vehicle that is a statement killer, the Mercedes G-Wagon is celebrating its 40th anniversary of being the vehicle of choice for basketball, baseball and football players and their pop star wife’s. However, we suggest, if you want to show the world you have loads of money, then a Unimog is what you should be driving.
Press Release: Vehicles that rise to top form in extreme terrain, have captivated with amazing technological feats for decades and have a dedicated worldwide fan base in their corner. Mercedes-Benz has no less than two of them.
What the G-Class is in the passenger car sector, the Unimog is among commercial vehicles. And while the G-Class is celebrating its 40-year anniversary this year, the Unimog can look back on a tradition that spans more than 70 years. Enough reasons to bring both of them together for a summit.
There are vehicles that whet the appetite for adventure and arouse the childlike urge to play in every adult: The Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the Mercedes-Benz Unimog are among them. As unique characters, they both have been taking their very own path for many decades. And this path often starts where others already have reached the end of theirs – thanks to their off-road capabilities.
Both of them have already repeatedly demonstrated their reliability and ability to get anywhere at the Dakar Rally and other events. In addition, the Unimog and the G-Class share maximum robustness and durability as well as the tremendous model variety, with which they fulfil virtually any customer request.
No wonder that they also cut a splendid figure in Hollywood: In the blockbusters “Jurassic World” of 2015 and “Transformers: The Last Knight” from the year 2017, the two icons even shared the screen. The current G-Class celebrated its world première in Detroit in January 2018 with Arnold Schwarzenegger on stage. In addition to the G-Class, the superstar once also had a Unimog sitting in his garage.
World-famous fine art photographer David Yarrow has teamed up with Land Rover in support of Tusk to raise awareness of declining lion numbers in Africa by capturing a set of stunning wildlife images.
Tusk has designated 2019 as its Year of the Lion to bring the issue of threatened lion populations to the top of the conservation agenda. To support the initiative, Land Rover sent a prototype of the new Defender 4×4, which will make its world premiere later this year, to the Borana Conservancy in Laikipia, in northern Kenya, to help support lion tracking and monitoring operations.
The new 4×4 promises to bring an unparalleled breadth of capability and new levels of comfort and driveability to the Defender family and was tested by expert wildlife managers performing a series of real-world activities in Borana. Land Rover’s link to East Africa stretches back to 1948, when some of the first 48 pre-production Series models were tested in the region.
Yarrow was on hand to capture a series of images as the new Defender, wearing a specially devised camouflage, was put to work locating a pride of lions. There are currently fewer than 20,000 African lions remaining in the wild, compared with 25,000 rhinos (20,000 white rhinos and 5,000 black rhinos), and three-quarters of African lion populations are in decline.
David Yarrow, leading fine art photographer, said: “Wildlife photography is all about access – about getting yourself in the best position – so you need a vehicle that can reach inaccessible places. Defender has been synonymous with adventure and conservation since the first Land Rover debuted in 1948, so it’s fitting that one of the first official tasks for New Defender has been to shine a light on the dangers faced by lions in Africa.”
The unique program in Kenya gave Tusk-supported wildlife managers a chance to test the new Defender in real-world scenarios across the 14,000-hectare conservancy in day to day operations, including a darting exercise to help replace an old tracking collar fitted to a male lion. The lion was sedated at close range from the security of the specially camouflaged new Defender prototype.
Charles Mayhew MBE, Chief Executive, Tusk, said: “This year marks Tusk’s Year of the Lion. Our aim is to raise awareness of the alarming decline in lion populations across Africa. Fortunately, within the Borana Conservancy, there are a number of prides of lion and tracking and monitoring their movements across this vast and tough environment is vital in order to protect them and reduce any conflict with neighbouring communities. The new Defender took everything in its stride, from deep river wading to climbing rocky trails.”
Supported by Tusk, the Borana Conservancy works in a number of strategic areas including supporting communities, environmental education, habitat protection, saving endangered species and ensuring human-wildlife co-existence is achievable. The reserve is home to some of the most vulnerable species in the world with elephants, black rhinoceros, African wild dogs and Grevy’s zebras sharing the reserve alongside lions and other large predators.
The initiative was supported by Jaguar Land Rover’s worldwide logistical partner and supporter of Tusk, DHL.
Mitsubishi Motors brings a strong focus on quality to all of its 4WD vehicles. Mitsubishi takes into consideration the size and use of each vehicle in order to implement the most appropriate 4WD system.
Electronically Controlled 4WD
The electronically controlled 4WD system comes in three modes which can be chosen according to the driver’s preferences and the driving conditions. Drivers can switch the drive mode instantly and while driving the vehicle. All that is required is a single touch of the drive mode selector on the centre console. The front and rear torque distribution mechanism uses electronically controlled coupling to distribute the torque between the front and rear wheels appropriately at all times, based on vehicle driving conditions and the operation by the driver, etc. Furthermore, it ensures outstanding traction performance while at the same time eliminating the tight corner braking phenomenon characteristic of 4WDs.
The Evoque joins the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover in offering plug-in hybrid (PHEV) options and it might just come to Malaysia if the National Automotive Policy 2018 (NAP) gives incentives for PHEV and low emission vehicles.
For this new Evoque PHEV, Land Rover will add a 300-volt plug-in hybrid will toward the end of next year. It will have an electric motor mated to a new 3-cylinder petrol engine that will reduce CO2 emissions to below 45 grams per km.
The Evoque’s all-wheel drive versions will be available with a 48-volt mild-hybrid that adds a belt-driven starter-generator to capture energy lost in braking and add electric assistance under acceleration.
The engine will also shut off below speeds of 17km/h to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions. The most fuel efficient mild-hybrid diesel version has CO2 emissions of 149 g/km, Land Rover said.
Electrification is key to reducing JLR’s CO2 levels below the agreed 135 g/km average needed to avoid fines when the European Union introduce tougher CO2 emissions limits for new vehicles in 2020/21.
JLR’s average European emissions are currently at 178 g/km, the company said earlier this year. JLR said last year every new model will come with electrified options from 2020 onwards.
The most powerful option is a petrol version with an output of 296 hp. The Evoque will continue to be available with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. This new Evoque is not bigger than the model it replaces and features almost identical footprint. However, thanks to Land Rover’s new mixed-metal Premium Transverse Architecture, it provides more room for the passengers, especially at the back. The cargo space is some 6% larger at 610 liters growing up to 1,430 liters with the rear seats folded. Look out for its arrival here in Malaysia in the coming months.
Petron returns to power one of the world’s top ten toughest motor race off-road events, the Rainforest Challenge (RFC) Grand Finale in Malaysia as the official fuel sponsor and engine oil partner. Petron fueled more than 150 4×4 vehicles participated by 300 off road driving enthusiasts from 30 nations to compete against the odds in Malaysia’s dense tropical rainforest starting 24 November.
“Petron is proud to be a partner of this super league of extreme 4×4 motor sports as its official fuel partner for the third year. The Rainforest Challenge has definitely brought out the best sporting spirit in everyone. This year, we introduced our engine oil Petron Rev-X Engine Oil to complement the Turbo Diesel Euro 5 in this legendary race for an even better performance and excellent engine cleaning action. This partnership underscores our products’ superiority, which have been proven to be the best fuel-lubes match even for the most adventurous off-road race as well as for your daily journeys,” said Choong Kum Choy, Head of Retail Business of Petron Malaysia.
“RFC is, indeed, proud to have Petron as our fuel and engine oil partner especially as we face tough conditions during the monsoon season. Drenched terrains demand toughest products to keep us going. The adage ‘When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Gets Going’ is very appropriately applied to Petron’s products in the Rainforest Challenge. This year, we faced the longest off-road sector under monsoon conditions but we are very confident that the fuel and engine oil from Petron enables us to finish the race,” said Founder and Creator of Rainforest Challenge & RFC Global Series, Luis J.A. Wee.
Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 5 is formulated to improve engine performance, ensure better fuel economy, and extend engine life. It has much lower Sulphur content, 10 parts per million and is 50 times cleaner than Euro 2M diesel, helping reduce exhaust emissions and withstand the extreme heat of today’s fuel injection systems. Petron Rev-X Engine Oil protects the engine with Dynamic Cleaning Technology (DC Tech) to keep the engine clean for improved wear protection and smoother operations.
RFC Malaysia, the pinnacle of 4×4 extreme off-road racing is the finale event from the RFC Global Series (RFCGS) which is a worldwide off-road racing circuit spanning 22 nations with 45 events. This year, the route will take participants from Kota Bahru, Tanah Merah, Kuala Krai and ending at Gua Musang. Stages of the race are named Predator, Terminator and Twilight Zone which include navigating the endless steep downhills and uphill, crossing narrow bridges, tropical swamps, steered around the brown-red mud pools and cutting across the mighty river at Bering.
The event was flagged off on 24 November at Dataran Redha, Kota Lama Kota Bharu, with local police cars escorting the racing convoy to Tumpat Pantai Sri Tujuh for their first overnight campsite. The participants refueled at the Petron service station in Belimbing, Tanah Merah before entering the challenge’ pitstops at Air Naga, Gua Harimau and Bering.
Due to the long off-road section out of reach of any towns or villages, all race and support vehicles must carry enough fuel to last them from 27 November right up to closing day on 4 December. Teams entered the final stopover at Pos Gob pit stop – the deepest aborigines’ settlement in Kelantan that marks their 6th campsite for the race. The off-roaders next preceeded their journey for Kuala Betis and have their tanks refueled for the final time at Petron service station in Gua Musang.
Land Rover’s highly-anticipated luxury compact SUV, the New Range Rover Evoque, has been revealed in London’s creative East End with a high-energy display which saw a number of vehicles driving across digital skylines around the globe.
Having pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, with global sales of over 772,096 and more than 217 international awards, the new Range Rover Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the original. Combining unrivalled Range Rover heritage with cutting-edge technology – designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain – it meets the needs of today’s customers. Tech firsts include ‘see through bonnet’ technology and a rear-view mirror that turns into an HD screen displaying a camera feed of what’s behind the vehicle.
The compact footprint is almost identical at 4.37m, yet built on Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture, there is more interior space than before. A longer wheelbase yields 20mm extra rear kneeroom and an increase in small item stowage – the larger glove box and centre cubby can now fit tablets, handbags and bottles with ease. The luggage space is 10 per cent larger (591 litres) as well as much wider and easily fits a folded pram or set of golf clubs, with space increasing to 1,383 litres when the flexible 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded.
The new architecture has been developed for electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch and a plug-in hybrid model offered around 12 months afterwards. The mild hybrid powertrain is a first for Land Rover and works by harvesting energy normally lost during deceleration thanks to the engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator, storing it in the under-floor battery.
At speeds below 17km/h (11mph), the engine will shut off while the driver applies the brakes. When pulling away, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration and reduce fuel consumption. The result is a refined, quiet and efficient drive in built-up traffic heavy areas, in addition to efficiency savings.
The lowest emitting CO2 derivative is the 143g/km front wheel drive, manual transmission with 150PS Ingenium diesel engine.
The most popular all wheel drive, automatic transmission vehicles, come with a choice of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. This is where the 48-volt mild-hybrid system is used to reduce CO2 emissions to as lows as 149g/km and fuel economy from 50.4mpg (5.6l/100km) (based on NEDC Equivalent test procedure).
An even more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and three-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine will also join the range.
Every bit a Range Rover, the compact SUV combines all-terrain capability with all-weather assurance. New Evoque features All-Wheel Drive, as well as a second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect to enhance efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility. Terrain Response 2 – technology first found on full-size Range Rover – automatically detects the surface being driven on a adjusts the set-up accordingly, while Evoque can now wade through water up to 600mm (previously 500mm).
Combining all-terrain capability with on-road composure, the Evoque’s new MacPherson Hydrobush front and Integral Link rear suspension and Adaptive Dynamics technology deliver not only improved refinement and stability in all conditions, but enables the agile handling that makes Evoque ideal for the tight city streets of many countries around the world.
The famed Range Rover command driving position has jumped into the digital age, with a segment-first ‘ClearSight rear-view mirror’ that transforms into an HD video screen. If rear visibility is compromised by passengers or bulky items, the driver simply flicks a switch on the underside of the mirror and a camera feed from the top of the car displays what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition. The screen provides a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light.
There is a reversing camera as standard on all models, alongside a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which centres the vehicle in the lane based on road markings as well as maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
Active safety features such as Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Driver Condition Monitor are all available to keep occupants safe.
Evoque is the first Land Rover with Smart Settings, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver’s preference and acts as an onboard butler. In addition to seat position, music and climate settings, Evoque can also control steering column preferences to maximise comfort.
Land Rover also collaborated with a number of fashion and technology brands to bring the design, innovation and sustainability characteristics of the New Range Rover Evoque to life.
This interior textile is made from recycled polyester microfibres, from items such as plastic bottles – in fact the equivalent of 53 plastic bottles go into each vehicle specified with these seats