The Mitsubishi Pajero: A Legend Never Fades Away
All hail the once King of the backroads, the Mitsubishi Pajero
With the major interest in classic SUVs going on today let’s take a look back at the one that inspired a thousand and one copycats. The Mitsubishi Pajero is an iconic SUV that has been in production since 1983.
The vehicle was first produced by the Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors. It was originally developed as a three-door, four-wheel drive vehicle, but has since expanded to include a five-door variant as well as a two-door convertible. The Pajero has been a popular choice for off-road enthusiasts, and has been marketed as a sports utility vehicle (SUV) since its introduction.
A legend is born, the Pajero I
The first generation of the Mitsubishi Pajero (known as the Pajero I) was released in 1983. It was available in two-door and three-door variants, with a 1.6L gasoline engine and a 2.0L diesel engine.
It featured independent suspension, four-wheel drive, and a manual transmission. The vehicle was well-received and quickly gained a reputation for its off-road capabilities.
Pajero II and Pajero III joins the family
In 1989, the second generation of the Mitsubishi Pajero (known as the Pajero II) was released. It featured a larger, 3.0L V6 gasoline engine, as well as a 2.5L turbocharged diesel engine. The vehicle also featured a five-speed manual transmission, as well as four-wheel drive. The Pajero II was available in both two-door and five-door variants.
In 1997, the third generation of the Mitsubishi Pajero (known as the Pajero III) was released. This generation was available with a 3.5L gasoline engine, as well as a 2.8L turbocharged diesel engine. The vehicle also featured a six-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drive. This generation also featured a two-door convertible variant.
The Pajero entered the new millennium strong
The fourth generation of the Mitsubishi Pajero (known as the Pajero IV) was released in 2006. This generation featured a 3.8L V6 gasoline engine, as well as a 3.2L turbocharged diesel engine.
It was available in both two-door and five-door variants, and featured a five-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. The Pajero IV also featured a petrol-electric hybrid variant.
The current fifth generation of the Mitsubishi Pajero (known as the Pajero V) was released in 2015. This generation features a 3.0L diesel engine, as well as a 3.2L petrol engine. It is available in both two-door and five-door variants, and features a six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. The Pajero V is also available with a petrol-electric hybrid variant.
The Mitsubishi Pajero still lives
The Mitsubishi Pajero has been a popular choice for off-road enthusiasts since its introduction, and is still a popular choice today. The vehicle has seen numerous changes throughout its history, but has stayed true to its off-road roots.
The Pajero continues to be a popular choice for those looking for an SUV with off-road capabilities and a comfortable interior.
Car review channel Throttle House have reviewed some great classic cars before but this Mitsubishi Pajero is a standout. This model is the rally version of the car – Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution.