MITSUBISHI Pajero 3 Doors

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MITSUBISHI Pajero 3 Doors Pajero/Montero/Shogun 3 doors
MITSUBISHI Pajero 3 Doors Pajero/Montero/Shogun 3 doors  2006 2022
2006 2022

The fourth generation of the Pajero/Montero/Shogun broke its chains and stormed the Mitsubishi Motors booth at the 2006 Paris Motor Show.
Depending on the market, the biggest Mitsubishi off-road-er wore the Montero/Pajero/Shogun name. While it wasn’t a revolution over its predecessor, it was a clear evolution that brought the car closer to its customers. Its only drawback on the European market was it’s over three-liter engines led to higher taxes, leading to slow sales.

The flared wheel arches and the sloped roofline were unusual for a proper off-road vehicle. Its flared wheel-arches created a muscular appearance for the Japanese off-road vehicle. In three-door shape, the rear side windows featured an ascending lower margin between the B- and the C-pillars. Like its predecessors, the Pajero’s fourth-generation kept its spare wheel on the rear, side-hinged door.

Inside, the Pajero featured a newly designed dashboard with a big instrument cluster. The center stack hosted the infotainment unit and an additional LCD for the onboard computer. At the front, Mitsubishi offered enough room for two occupants, but there was little room in the back, even for two passengers.

The technical platform was the one that brought the Pajero under spotlights. It was the only 4x4 vehicle in the world that featured a 4x4 on-demand system which could have been driven as an all-wheel-drive vehicle since it was fitted with three differentials. The central and the rear one could have been locked for better traction. For the engine bay, the manufacturer installed either a 3.2-liter turbocharged diesel or 3.8-liter gasoline. Both versions were mated as standard with a 5-speed manual, while a 5-speed automatic was available as an option.

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MITSUBISHI Pajero 3 Doors Pajero/Montero/Shogun SWB
MITSUBISHI Pajero 3 Doors Pajero/Montero/Shogun SWB  2003 2006
2003 2006

Mitsubishi tried to revive its Pajero/Montero/Shogun lineup in 2003 with a mild facelift for both versions, with three and five doors.
Unlike most other off-road vehicles on the market, Mitsubishi’s off-road flagship featured an integrated-chassis construction that lowered the car’s weight, but not too much. The refreshed lineup enhanced both the look and the technical side. But Mitsubishi didn’t decrease the engine’s size, and that was costly for them. In Europe, everything that passes the 3.0-liter displacement was heavily taxed, and the Pajero featured only larger than those units, either gasoline or turbo-diesel.

On the outside, the Japanese carmaker reshaped the front bumper. It ditched the squared fog lamps and introduced a set of smaller round ones under the headlights. Moreover, it now featured body-colored bumpers and side protection moldings, which greatly improved the overall car’s look. The Pajero/Montero/Shogun sported a pop-out window for the rear passengers and a shorter wheelbase in the three-door version.

Inside, the carmaker improved the cabin and included a restyled dashboard design that featured wood-trims on the center stack and on the steering wheel. Mitsubishi offered an option for leather seats, while the base version featured cloth upholstery.

The biggest changes were made under the hood, where the carmaker installed the same option for a 3.2-liter turbo-diesel or a 3.5-liter V-6. They were both paired to a five-speed automatic gearbox with manual mode. Like its five-door sibling, the Pajero/Montero/Shogun three-doors featured the Super-Select traction system, which allowed the driver to select rear-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive with three differentials, and in a low-range mode for hard off-road.

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MITSUBISHI Pajero 3 Doors Pajero/Montero/Shogun SWB
MITSUBISHI Pajero 3 Doors Pajero/Montero/Shogun SWB  2000 2003
2000 2003

Having undergone a comprehensive series of adjustments over the previous version, the third generation Pajero was like a distant cousin visiting after a 3-decade long absence.
Visually invigorated and surprising through equipment levels, the 3-door Pajero was now better looking and safer. With an emphasis on its second attribute, the Pajero had been developed using a unibody construction which led to a much impact-resistant vehicle and a well deserved good EuroNCAP safety rating. The all wheel drive SS4 system was also upgraded, allowing for 50/50 torque distribution.

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MITSUBISHI Pajero 3 Doors
MITSUBISHI Pajero 3 Doors   1992 1997
1992 1997

With the obsolete knocking on the door by 1991, the Pajero went through a radical series of changing from body styling to underpinnings, managing to keep a head place in its class.
Bodies were generally lengthened with the short-wheel base having been stretched an extra 2.8 in compared to the LWB which saw a 1.2 in length increase. The cars was the introduction of a 2.5 L turbocharged inter cooled Diesel and a 3.0 L electronic injection petrol unit, both linked to an optional Super Select four-wheel drive system. Later engine additions included a turbocharged 2.8 L Diesel unit and a large 3.5 L V6 plant.

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MITSUBISHI Pajero 3 Doors
MITSUBISHI Pajero 3 Doors   1982 1991
1982 1991

That was the beginning of a successful vehicle that raised the Mitsubishi’s flag twelve times in the most challenging race from those times, the Paris-Dakar Rally Raid.
Its rugged, simple appearance had a charming look, and it sold like hot cookies in the middle of the winter. The Japanese carmaker didn’t see that success coming, and it was overwhelmed by orders from all the markets where it introduced the car, with different names such as Pajero/Montero or Shogun.

It might have a minimalist design on the market. That simple design came with low production costs. Despite its short length, it offered five seats inside. The three-door version featured a side-hinged rear tailgate. The wrapped-around metallic bumper protected the small, squared, and corner-mounted taillights.

Inside, the minimalist design continued on the dashboard with a flat panel and a grab-handle on the passenger side. The instrument panel offered two dials and two gauges, each in an individual cluster. Even though the center stack was a new interior item for cars, the Pajero/Montero featured one for the ventilation unit and the stereo. The carmaker offered a clinometer and two additional gauges for oil pressure and ammeter on a separate cluster over the center stack as an option. The car provided good interior room for the front passengers but limited for the rear ones. Despite its almost flat floor in the rear, the car’s width was too small to provide enough shoulder and hip-room. As for the trunk, it was big enough for a briefcase.

The body-on-frame construction made the Pajero a trustworthy partner in harsh off-road situations. Under the hood, Mitsubishi installed diesel and gasoline engines depending on the market. All of them sent the power to a 4WD system with a low-range transfer box. At the front, the car featured independent suspension, while in the back, Mitsubishi installed a live axle.

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