Making it official: More Mitsubishi Pajero before Paris

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]

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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 Systemâ„¢ 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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