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First, Mitsubishi gave everyone a tease of the new front end. Then, a Japanese car mag revealed full views in advance of the official unveiling. Well, today Mitsubishi finally announced the details of the 4th-generation Pajero (a.k.a. Montero, Shogun) SUV, which will be shown to the public later this month in Paris.

The updates work nicely, giving the big Mitsubishi a crisp new look even though though its dimensions are fundamentally unchanged (this is a refresh, not a full-blown redesign). Under the new sheetmetal, the interior gets cleaned up and upgraded with goodies like an optional 860-watt Rockford sound system. Mechanically, the Pajero is now available with a new 3.2L CRD 4-cylinder or 3.8L MIVEC V6. Both are connected to a new 4WD system.

The Pajero's off-roading tradition is reinforced annually at the Dakar Rally, and Mitsubishi also revealed the latest iteration of the Pajero Evolution racing off-roader.

Though it has visual appeal, don't plan on seeing this car in the US. As we've stated before, Mitsu has pulled the plug on the US-market Montero with the 2006 model year. You have to wonder how it would do anyway, given the presence of the good-looking new Outlander and the larger (but not so good-looking) Endeavour. Both of those are probably better equipped to meet the every whim of most potential customers, whose off-road excursions are seldom at best.

We can appreciate it from afar, though. Especially the sporty 2-door, which we've liked since the days of our youth, when the boxy Montero/Dodge Raider could only be had that way.

(Photos, press release after the jump)

[Sources: Mitsubishi, World Car Fans]

2007 Mitsubishi Pajero:
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2006 Mitsubishi Pajero (for comparison):
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Press Release:

World Premiere for the next generation of Pajero (European market specification) at Paris Motor Show

- 2007 Dakar Rally Pajero Evolution also unveiled -

Tokyo, September 8, 2006 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is to give the new global standard SUV Pajero* (European market specification) its world debut at Le Mondial de l'Automobile 2006 (Paris Motor Show 2006) to be held in Halls 1-8 of the Paris Expo porte de Versailles from September 28 (September 30 for the general public) through October 15.

More than 2.5 million Pajeros have been produced in the approximately 25 years since the first generation was launched in 1982. Sold in over 170 countries and regions today, Pajero has earned enormous popularity as a sport utility vehicle boasting outstanding durability and endurance that enable it to deliver safe, secure and comfortable performance over any and all types of road surface.

Debuting at the Paris Motor Show, this Pajero is the fourth in the series. The latest Pajero offers reliability forged in the crucible of grueling competition and use under the harshest conditions to be found on our planet. It retains the all-round SUV specifications of its predecessor, as seen in its approach angle, ground clearance and other all-terrain performance parameters. New features that distinguish the fourth-generation Pajero include:
  • A powertrain applied a new 3.2-liter 4-cylinder diesel with common rail direct fuel injection or a 3.8-liter V6 MIVEC*1 gasoline unit.
  • A 4WD system comprised of the sophisticated Super Select 4WD-II transfer case while both ASTC*2 and the rear differential lock available - developed on the bedrock of MMC's All-Wheel-Control (AWC) concept and delivering significant improvements in both off-road and tarmac performance.
  • Tastefully designed dashboard and interior complemented by high-end equipment such as Rockford Acoustic Design Premium Sound System™ with a new 860W 12-speaker.
This latest Pajero is to be produced at Pajero Manufacturing Co., Ltd. in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. MMC plans to start shipments to Europe in September, followed by shipments in Japan and to Australia in October. Eventually the company plans to export the car to some 170 countries and regions in the Near & Middle East, Central and South America, and Asia and ASEAN regions.

Debuting alongside at the Paris Motor Show will be the similarly-styled next generation of Pajero Evolution which will be entered at the 2007 Dakar Rally.

MMC will hold its press & media briefing at 2:30 pm on Thursday September 28 at the Mitsubishi Motors stand in Hall 3.
* : Montero in Spain / Shogun in the UK
*1 : MIVEC, Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system
*2 : ASTC, Active Stability & Traction Control
*3 : Pajero II, a concept car showcased in 23rd Tokyo Motor Show (1979)
*4 : PX-33, the first Japanese full-time 4WD passenger car (1936)

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've seen a 2 door Pajero (in Honduras). I have a Montero and love it. What would it take to import a 2 door Pajero to the US?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The mitsu P Zeroes nearly knocked the stuffing out of us at Pearl Harbour and in WW2. Now it seems they're back with a vengeance to finish what they started. From Ralliart Eclipses to Ralliart and VRG Gallants to Lancer Evolutions they've said "We're back!!" And this time we're loving them. And now we want the 2 door AND 4 door Monteros back. I'm crying all the way to my mitsu car dealer
      • 8 Years Ago
      Somehow the name "Land Cruiser" comes to mind. Hmmm...
      • 8 Years Ago

      If i remember correctly that 'fender-mirror' is required by law for SUVs and the like in Japan...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the 2 door should come to the U.S. since people have already expressed interest in the 4 door Outlander. Having a 2 door will attract young crowds
      that have been attracted to the FJ Cruiser and Jeep Wrangler.
      Mitsubishi should bring in a small number of them to test this market, but I think with the right advertisement and marketing, THEY WILL SELL!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      that thing looks pretty damn good!

      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice looking. Looks kinda like a Japan contender in the Jeep Wrangler category. I know the Montero and its sibling the Montero sport are well built and have lots of offroad potential. This has the potential to be pretty nice. Too bad we will probably never see it stateside.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2: Fender mounted mirrors are required on SUVs and trucks sold in the Japanese home market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Excellent Vehicle. Bring it back!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      As an owner of three genI or genII Monteros over the last 20 years I'm saddened by it's passing from the U.S. market.Guess I'll have to find another low milage 2006 model to tide me over .The Montero (Pajero,Shogun,etc) is a vehicle that had a strong personality in a country that seems to like the bland.Also Mitsubishi's shakey status here couldn't have helped the cause any.Advertisment was odd to say the least,and the name "Mitsubishi" does have negative war connotations here.The vehicle won over a lot of us older off road types though,even my father-in-law who said"This is a really good truck".He helped clean up the carnage at Pearl Harbor.Where there's a will there's a way.I'll have more of them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hi all the way from New Zealand ( just south of Australia) What a breath of fresh air Mitsubihi have bought to little old old N Z with their new outlander.
      Right from the new body design ( eat your heart out X3 owners)to sport like suspension set-up and the cvt auto coupled to the 6 speed tip-tronic offering brisk acceration,remember our speed limit is 100km on the open road.
      At the moment we only have one engine choice,a new alloy 2.4 twin-cam 16v mi-vac putting out around 127kw
      (170 hp)I find more than adequate, cubes are not everything.
      Judging by some of the knockers out there of this new model I know sales not only in the States but global sales will prove them wrong,anyway I own one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This might be a silly questions but what is that thing sticking up on the front? Looks like a 3rd mirror?