The final edition of the 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero is due in showrooms within weeks after production ended following a 39-year run.
Australia has been allocated a final batch of 800 examples of the 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero seven-seat four-wheel-drive, all of which will be badged Final Edition.
The Final Edition will be available across all three model grades, GLS, GLX and Exceed.
Discounted drive-away prices supplied to dealers include metallic and pearl paint at no extra cost and are listed below compared to their RRPs:
• 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero GLX Final Edition: RRP $54,990 plus on-road costs, discounted to $52,490 drive-away
• 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero GLS Final Edition: RRP $60,490 plus on-road costs, discounted to $59,490 drive-away
• 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed Final Edition: RRP $63,490 plus on-road costs, discounted to $62,990 drive-away
All examples of the 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero Final Edition are powered by the familiar 3.2-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder (141kW/441Nm) paired to a five-speed auto and all-wheel-drive, and fuelled by an 88-litre tank.
There are no mechanical changes to the Final Edition of the 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero and the commemorative details are accessories that will be fitted locally.
According to the Mitsubishi dealer bulletin, additional equipment fitted to the Final Edition of the 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero includes a Final Edition badge, a tinted bonnet protector, a leather cover for the owner’s manual and service book, carpet floor mats, a plastic cargo liner, and a protective boot flap (that folds out so you don’t scratch the bumper when loading).
All other features are carried over from the standard vehicle, including 18-inch alloy wheels on GLS and Exceed, and 17-inch alloy wheels on the GLX grade.
Infotainment includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring on all models, and Rockford premium audio on GLX and Exceed grades.
Standard heavy-duty equipment includes a rear differential lock and a three-tonne towing capacity. The vehicle maintains its off-road credentials such as 700mm wading depth, and approach (36.6 degrees), rampover (22.5 degrees) and departure (25 degrees) angles.
Just 800 examples of the Pajero are due in Australia after production came to an end in March 2021. Once they’re sold there will be no more.
The Mitsubishi Pajero reached the end of the production line after clocking up more than 3.3 million sales globally.
As reported earlier, it would cost too much to replace the ageing tooling used to continue to manufacture the current Mitsubishi Pajero, and the company could not justify further investment in a new model given the market shift towards "crossover" recreational vehicles, rather than highly capable off-roaders.
Four generations of Mitsubishi Pajero have been made since 1982 and more than 150,000 examples have been sold in Australia since the first one arrived in 1983 as a two-door, followed by a four-door in 1984.
The current generation Mitsubishi Pajero went on sale in 2006 and is now 15 years old, though its underpinnings date back to the model introduced in 1999. Previous generations of the Mitsubishi Pajero were overhauled every seven years.
Sales of the Mitsubishi Pajero in Australia in 2020 were less than one-third of the nameplate’s peak, set in 2002.
Mitsubishi Australia reported 2399 Pajeros as sold in 2020 – having already already fallen to 2847 examples reported as sold in 2019 – versus 8490 deliveries in the year 2002.
As reported earlier, global production of the Mitsubishi Pajero peaked in 1992, when 174,708 examples were manufactured. The Japanese factory’s biggest export year was in 2000, when 129,198 examples were shipped overseas.
However, the Mitsubishi Pajero started its steady global sales decline in 2008. Sales halved in the grip of the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 (to 58,000 sales after a spike of 112,000 sales in 2007) and the nameplate never truly recovered.
The Mitsubishi Pajero has averaged about 50,000 sales per annum globally for the past decade, less than a third of its production peak, and an output generally regarded as unprofitable for a mainstream vehicle.
The Mitsubishi Pajero name will live on with the smaller and cheaper Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (pictured below), a heavy duty four-wheel-drive based on the Mitsubishi Triton ute.
Mitsubishi clearly doesn’t want to let go of one of the company’s longest serving nameplates.
In its hey day, the Mitsubishi Pajero dominated the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally from 1985 to 2007 – during which time it clocked up a record 12 wins, including seven in a row from 2001 to 2007.
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