Mitsubishi iO 4x4
The Mitsubishi iO, or the baby Pajero as it will doubtless be known, was released in Australia in early 1999, and comes with a 1.6L engine in the SWB model and a 1.8L engine in the LWB. Mitsubishi Australia partially bowed to the inevitable, dubbing it the Pajero iO.
The iO is plainly aimed at the Kia Sportage and Suzuki Vitara which share a dual-range transfer case with the iO, and at the Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4 which do not. The main weakness in Mitsubishi's plan is the lack of a 2 litre engine here in oz, particularly when the top rivals have 2 litres or more.
Interior room is good in the front but "cosy" in the rear seats. Luggage room in the LWB is "modest" and if you want to use one for the school-run, make sure that your offspring play no musical instruments larger than a violin; the cello is "out". The SWB might have trouble fitting even a violin behind the rear seats.
Air conditioning, central locking, electric door mirrors & windows, are standard on SWB and LWB. It is therefore a little surprising that there is only a driver's airbag and no option of one for the passenger.
Rear vision is good thanks to the designers having taken a chunk out of the rear bumper so that the spare tyre can be hung on the rear door a little lower than on most 4WDs, i.e. out of the line of sight; the modest diameter of the 215/65R16 tyres helps in this regard.
Mitsubishi iO SWB 1.61999 -->
Mitsubishi iO LWB 1.81999 -->
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