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Mitsubishi Pajero Set to Receive a Model Update Prior to Exiting the Japanese Market

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While the Mitsubishi Pajero will live on in markets like Indonesia and Mexico, the new iteration of the SUV won't be around for very long in Japan

While a new version of the Mitsubishi Pajero is on the way, it won’t last long in Japan
Photo: Mitsubishi

While the Mitsubishi Montero is no longer part of the brand’s American lineup, it lives on in other markets under the Pajero nameplate. However, the Mitsubishi SUV could be getting ready to exit another major market.

While reports suggest that the Mitsubishi Pajero is receiving a major update later this year, they also forecast the vehicle’s discontinuation in Japan.

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The current generation of the Mitsubishi Pajero was introduced back in 2006. Around the same time the fourth generation of the model was introduced to other markets, the SUV officially left the U.S. market.

More than a decade later, Mitsubishi will be introducing a fifth generation for the Pajero. Shortly after this new iteration of the model is introduced, however, it will be leaving the Japanese automotive sector.

2006 Mitsubishi Montero
The Montero has been absent from Mitsubishi’s American lineup for over a decade
Photo: Mitsubishi

At one point in the 1990s, the Mitsubishi Pajero was the top-selling vehicle in Japan. Now, the SUV currently nets only a few hundred sales per year in Japan.

Still, the Pajero will live on in many other markets where it remains a popular option. Some such markets include Mexico and Indonesia.

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Even though the fifth-generation of the Mitsubishi Pajero has yet to be introduced, the automaker is already thinking about the future of the model beyond that. One possibility for the Mitsubishi Pajero is for it to share a platform with the Nissan Armada.

For the time being, Japanese drivers will still be able to purchase the Pajero model prior to its official exit from the market. That’s an opportunity American drivers haven’t had since 2006.

News Source: Motor Authority