The Mitsubishi Pajero is an aging but enduring icon

The old workhorse lives on
by Jason Tulio | Aug 26, 2017

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It's been over a decade since the world has seen an all-new Mitsubishi Pajero. To put that into perspective, the current model debuted about a year before the first iPhone. Yup, that long. In that time, other SUVs have come to the fore and blossomed, usurping the Pajero's dominance. Hell, its younger brother, the Montero Sport, is now the undisputed king of three-diamond SUVs. 

So does the old workhorse still have something to offer? In many ways, yes. Aside from sporting an iconic nameplate, it still holds up surprisingly well for an old platform. The exterior design is a tad square (no pun intended) for today's sleek market, but it retains that old Pajero charm--especially the rear spare tire cover and the side-opening rear door. Inside, updated amenities like the touchscreen infotainment system rival those found on newer cars.

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Since we were driving the diesel version, we had a 3.2-liter turbodiesel to toy around with. Yes, an aging mill paired to an old five-speed transmission. But as we discovered, the Pajero name lives on because it's still a damn fun SUV to drive. Click play on our video and enjoy. 

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