The new Pajero - due next year
This Pajero is the fourth in the series, and 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 new 3.2-litre 4-cylinder diesel with common rail direct fuel injection or a 3.8-litre V6 MIVEC*1 petrol unit.
A 4WD system with the sophisticated Super Select 4WD-II transfer case plus both ASTC*2 and a locking rear differential, 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 in Japan, and 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 and Middle East, Central and South America, and Asia and ASEAN regions - which would include South Africa.
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.
More than 2.5-million Pajeros have been produced in the approximately 25 years since the first generation was launched in 1982.