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The Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 Di-D and the Lunar Ariva with a laden weight of 1000 kg is a perfect match.


weight ratio
towball limit

Flat roads

5th gear


hill starts


1000 kg 2260 kg
65 kg

Score 14.1

24% *

* without the use of low gear


  • Car is relatively heavy compared to caravan
  • Higher speeds are safely possible
  • Speed on motorways
  • Hill starts
  • Usability highest gear
  • More flexibility in payload


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The Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 Di-D and the Lunar Ariva of a laden weight of 1000 kg is an excellent combination for all journeys on all kinds of roads.


The chance of snaking is small even at higher speeds.

Flat roads

The performances of the engine of this outfit are in general very good. Under all conditions on motorways it is possible to drive with 60 mph in the 5th gear, by giving the engine just a bit of throttle. In that case the engine runs approximately 2100 rpm. In a headwind or for example on a crossover there is no need to downshift immediately.


On most motorways inclines (1:20) driving is easily possible in the 4th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 72 mph. Hill starts are possible on steep slopes up to 25%. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 24% not to drive.

Attention: This car can easily drive much faster with the caravan than is safe. So always keep an eye on your speed!


The main details in a list. Ideal for comparing different combinations with one another, for example your present with a new one.

Towing limit
3300 kg
Weight ratio
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1000 kg / 2260 kg)
Towball limit
115 kg
65 kg
Score at optimal noseweight
Infuence pay load
Flat roads
Top speed
93 mph (5th gear)
At headwind
86 mph
Speed in practice
86 mph (5th gear)
0 - 60 mph
19.6 sec. - (max. 16.1 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
13.5 sec. - (max. 11 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 6 sec. (max. 4.7 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (5th) gear
often useful
Gears in practice
5th gear
4th gear
Revs at 60 mph
Percentage between accelerator
47% - 54%
37% - 42%
Power needed at 60 mph 1404 N
over: 1541 N
over: 2539 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
66 mph - (72 mph)
In the
4th gear
3044 - (3331)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
13.3 sec. - (max. 10.1 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
4th gear
By revs
Percentage accelerator
Hill starts
Maximum incline
23.2% - 25.6%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
5 mph - (9 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
Maximum speed on 1:8
45 mph in the 3th gear


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Details combination

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Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 Di-D
March 2003 - February 2007
kW (160 bhp) at rpm
Nm at - rpm
kg user payload kg
/ R
manual with 5 gears (en met low gear)
Towing limit
kg (towball limit kg)
Lunar Ariva
Empty weight
kg Payload kg
m. (8'7")
Overall width:
m. (6'8")
Overall body lenght:
m. (13'3")
Shipping length:
m. (17'0")
Actual gross train weight
3260 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight


User Payload:

Output in km/h or mph:

Other Car:

Other Caravan:


The Mitsubishi towing a Lunar Ariva (1000) kg reviewed by M Hayes:

I have a 2005 Shogun SWB manual with the 3.2 DiD engine, coupled with a 2004 Lunar Ariva. Didn't really buy the Shogun for towing as I had it well before the caravan came along but what a superb towcar it has proven to be. With a winterhoff stabiliser fitted the tow is absolutely rock solid even in very strong winds. Of course the car weighing over twice that of the van makes for a super stable set up. What I really love though is the fantastic pull from that 3.2 diesel engine. On long runs it sits happily in fifth gear, occasionally going to 4th for more control through bends etc. Rarely do you need to go lower than 4th gear but if required then it pulls like the proverbial train in 3rd gear. In fact you can accelerate very nicely indeed uphill. I rarely have anyone stuck behind me when towing and often pull away from other traffic when going up long inclines, when the massive torque this engine has really comes to the fore. This is hugely reassuring and I wouldn't now want to tow with anything else. I have the manual gearbox and find it well up to the job. In fact I prefer it over the auto (have used both) when going down hill and being able to use engine braking more effectively, although the brakes themselves are very powerful and progressive to use. I guess it is because of my light and small caravan but I get pretty good mpg when towing, normally a little over 25mpg and even better on a long run. Without the van this swb manual will easily do 33/34 mpg, which is darn impressive for such a large engine and heavy vehicle. It is the super select model and I always leave it in 4H (and the manual says to use this when towing) which makes it grip the road and power across slippery surfaces with ease. Having owned both the LWB and the SWB I would recommend the SWB (if you dont need the interior space) for towing since it generally feels more stable when changing direction, having a relatively short arm from towbar to rear axle. Add to this the usual Mitsubishi build quality and you have (in my opinion) one of the best towing vehicles available. I can't say I don't feel the weight on the back but I can say I feel totally in control at all times, arriving at the campsite relaxed and calm.

The Mitsubishi towing a Jurgens Oryx (978) kg reviewed by D vo0n Benecke:

Auto tows like a dream. Always enough power and torque for any hill. Diesel cunsumption not that good when towing at about 95 km/h = 18mpg