Despite a decision to discontinue the Mitsubishi Pajero in both its domestic market and in Europe, the Japanese firm says sales will continue in many countries (including South Africa) for the “foreseeable future”.
In April 2019, Mitsubishi announced the Pajero nameplate would be discontinued in Japan, launching a “Final Edition” model to see off the 37-year-old badge. And now the automaker is set to follow suit in Europe and the United Kingdom, according to Autocar.
But the fourth-generation model will soldier on in a handful of markets, says Mitsubishi Australia spokesperson Karl Gehling, who was speaking to motoring.com.au.
“The Pajero continues to be sold in many markets, including the Middle East, South Africa, Philippines, Brazil, Chile, Russia and, of course, Australia,” he said.
Gehling added the decision taken in Europe would “not impact the lifecycle planning for Pajero”. A report from late in 2018 suggested the future of the model was up in the air with no direct replacement in sight.
In South Africa, the Pajero range currently comprises a three-door GLS derivative and a five-door GLS Exceed variant, priced at R699 995 and R799 995 respectively.
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