What comes to mind when you think of the Pajero? Tuff, rugged, and powerful are just some that come to mind. Named after the Pampas Cat of Argentina this SUV is capable of doing what many others can’t. Being both practical, and stylish, while doing all the dirty work in between, it really conquers the road, dirt, and mud. Which ever one you choose, is up to you.
Introduced to the world in 1982, it exploded onto the international SUV market with high success. Being available with two powerful diesel engines, or gasoline engines, it really had something for everyone. Naturally the 2.3 litre turbo diesel was the most popular in Japan, and abroad. It had many luxuries that many vehicles did not have at the time. Power steering, a front double wishbone suspension, as well as suspension seats. Fairly remarkable for a vehicle originally marketed toward the commercial vehicle crowd.
Of course, this was just the first generation Pajero, Montero, or Shogun. All three of these names are used for this vehicle in different markets. In 1991, Mitsubishi revamped the SUV. A new facelift, a metal top, a canvas top convertible, a semi high roof, and a high roof wagon for the long wheelbase version, which was offered alongside the shorter, more compact version.
Everything on the first generation Pajero was further enhanced. Thus, the vehicle was now a luxury off roader. Again, the turbo diesel engines where extremely popular. The Pajero continued to be ground breaking, with a Super Select 4WD being introduced to the second generation. It allowed for both 4WD, and 2WD while being able to choose high range, or low range, with a locking centre differential. This new system allowed the driver to switch between 4WD, and 2WD, even at highway speed. Other innovations included multimode ABS, which meant ABS would be available no matter which mode was being used.
In 1993 a 2.8 litre turbo diesel was introduced. This version is now starting to become available for import to Canada. Both the 2.5L and 2.8L turbo diesels fits nicely in our climate.
"The Pajero is perfect for anyone that wants to save money on gas, help the environment, and not have to worry about getting through terrain that even most SUV’s can’t get through. "
You can pickup a good Pajero from the auction houses in Japan for 120k to 250k yen.
Mitsubishi Pajero Compliance
The Pajero was available in North America in limited numbers, and not in turbo diesel. Called the Montero here, it left the market after the third generation, again, unlike the rest of the world, all generations sold in North America lacked the diesel engine, that Canadians, and Americans alike have wanted for so many years. Finally through grey imports it can now be legally registered in Canada, having the much sought after turbo diesel.
Compliance for the Pajero is straightforward. The Pajero was available in Europe (and still is) so E-Coded headlights may be put in from these EU spec models. Daytime running lights are also required, along with front amber side markers, and red rear side markers.
Terra2 Imports has all required compliance parts in stock to comply your Pajero to meet and exceed BC’s and any other provincial regulations. The cost of compliance will vary between vehicles depending on what parts are required.