After more than three decades on the line spanning four generations, Mitsubishi is cutting back production of its Pajero SUV, which was sold as the Montero — and the Dodge Raider — in the U.S. during its tenure here. Known in most global markets as the Pajero, and as the Shogun in the U.K., the body-on-frame model was Mitsubishi’s answer to the Toyota Land Cruiser and the Nissan Patrol.
But the latest, fourth-gen model that debuted in 2006 and was produced only in Sakahogi, Japan, will no longer be offered in Japan or the U.K., as sales in the last few years for the domestic market have shrunk to a bare minimum. Earlier this spring Mitsubishi said it would produce the last 700 Japanese-market examples in Final Edition guise.
Built since 1982 in a number of bodystyles, including two-door hardtop and soft-top models and a four-door, the Pajero paired a relatively narrow and tall body with genuine off-road ability and a very rugged architecture. The first-gen model stayed in production for almost a decade, but the second-gen Pajero that debuted in 1991 never quite went away: It has been in production under license elsewhere in the world, mostly in China.
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