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Mitsubishi Pajero Mini 1994-2012 (平成 6-24年 三菱 パジェロ·ミニ)

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The Mitsubishi Pajero Mini, was produced from December 1994 to June 2012 at the Mizushima plant at Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture.  It is a kei-car built in the style of a mini-SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle).  Based on the platform of the Mitsubishi Minica kei car, the Pajero Mini was styled as a miniature version of the company’s successful Pajero SUV, in response to the SUV craze of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

1994 Mitsubishi Pajero Mini : paj1

The Pajero is known as a Shōgun in the UK and comparable to the better known Suzuki Jimny.   Compared to the full-sized original, the Pajero Mini featured a shorter wheelbase, 4-wheel drive, and a choice of naturally aspirated or turbocharged 660 cc 4-cylinder engines.

Engine Types : 4A30 659cc I4 (inline-four);   4A30 659cc I4 MVV;   4A30T 659cc I4 Turbo.

The popularity of the Pajero inspired Mitsubishi to create several limited editions, including the “Iron Cross”, “Desert Cruiser”, “White Skipper” and “Duke”.  In October 1998 the kei car regulations were again updated, and the Pajero Mini was widened and lengthened.

Pajero Mini “Iron Cross” : 

Pajero Mini “Desert Cruiser” : Related image

Pajero Mini “White Skipper” : 

Pajero Mini “Duke” : paj2

Wheelbase : 2,200 mm (86’6 in)

Length : 3,295 mm (129.7 in)

Width : 1,395 mm (54.9 in)

Height : 1,630 mm (64.2 in)

Curb weight : 859 kgs (1,874 lb)

” G A L L E R Y “

Pajero   Mini’s

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Since 2008, Mitsubishi has produced the Nissan Kix, an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) version of the Pajero Mini, expanding a similar deal already in place for the Mitsubishi eK / Nissan Otti.  In Japan, it was sold at a retail chain called “Galant Shop”, which was a sales channel for specific Mitsubishi models.

Nissan Kix : paj3paj4

The Nissan Kix RS : paj5

Production of the Mitsubishi Pajero Mini ended in June 2012.

(三菱 パジェロ·ミニ) Premium Selection – Final Anniversary Model (4WD)

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Image result for computer games clipart  The “ Mitsubishi Pajero Mini ” in Computer Games :

’97 Gran Turismo 2 (1999);  ’98 Gran Turismo 2 (1999)

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Incidently : “PAJERO” is a Spanish word with two meanings.  It’s a slang word meaning “He who fiddles with himself for sexual gratification“, and it is also unknowingly used by a major automobile manufacturer who took the more academic translation of the word to mean “Straw Dealer” !!!

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