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Mike Stevens | Jul, 21 2014 | 7 Comments

Mitsubishi’s fourth-generation Pajero, now into its eighth year on the global stage, has been given a mild going-over.

Available only in Japan for now, the modestly updated four-wheel-drive picks up a re-styled front bumper and grille for the new model year.

The update sees the big Pajero take a tip from Mitsubishi’s latest concept series, with the refreshed grille design extending into the bumper, framed by a bold chrome border.

New foglights and LED daytime lights flank the new grille, while the general shape and look of the main driving lights remains largely unchanged.

Mitsubishi says it has also gifted the old warhorse with greater sound proofing in the cabin, focusing mainly on the dash and door panels.

New trim colour options and piano black highlights also feature in the cabin.

Japan’s existing engines carry over for the new model year, including a 132kW/260Nm 3.0 litre petrol V6 and a 140kW/440Nm 3.2 litre turbodiesel.

In Australia, the Pajero was offered with a 3.8 litre petrol six until this time last year, leaving only the 3.2 diesel - producing 147kW and 441Nm in local models.


Update Due For Australia?

Speaking with TMR today, Mitsubishi Australia’s Shayna Welsh said that these latest updates may filter through to our market in the near future, but "exact details and timing are still to be confirmed".


All-new Pajero Coming

An all-new replacement for the Pajero is projected to debut in 2017, by which point the current-generation Pajero will have been on sale for a decade.

We'll see a new ASX compact SUV in late 2015 or early 2016, however, and the next-generation Triton pickup is scheduled to debut later this year or early in 2015.

MORE: Mitsubishi News and Reviews

Above: Australia's Pajero SUV.
Above: Australia's Pajero SUV.

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