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2006 Paris Auto Show, Part III Page 2

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Mitsubishi Pajero

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero

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It’s been gone from the U.S. market a year — but the Mitsubishi Pajero (we knew it as the Montero) is being renovated and is on display at the Paris auto show with a new skin, new 4x4 technology, and worked-over powertrains. The new big ute, which goes on sale this month in Japan, gets flatter, more angular sheetmetal more akin to the original 1979 Pajero, Mitsubishi says. A three-door version shares the same design philosophy, along with the external-mounted spare tire. A more coherent look outside and inside shares some of the elements of the new Outlander crossover, particularly in the dash shapes, where an optional navigation system has sprouted. The four-wheel-drive system can be ordered with a lockable rear differential; anti-lock braking and traction and stability control are standard equipment. Two common-rail diesels are offered, as is a 247-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 shared with Mitsubishi models sold in the U.S. A five-speed automatic or manual transmission can be specified.

 

Suzuki Splash


2006 Suzuki Splash concept

2006 Suzuki Splash concept

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Auto shows are test beds for manufacturers, who use journalists and the public as guinea pigs for new ideas. Hey, it’s not all bad — particularly when it comes to cute family vehicles like the Suzuki Splash, a fun-looking concept that seeks to update the Japanese automaker’s image from staid to something a little more stylish. The Splash is based on the non-U.S. Swift subcompact, but with a taller body and panoramic glass for a roomier, airier cabin. The LED headlamps and distinctive grille give the Splash a unique face while the interior sports a “floating” instrument panel with a dash-mounted shift lever. Anti-lock brakes and stability control are anticipated in the concept, which also wears highly unlikely 18-inch treads.

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