A fresh report out of Japan claims production of the Mitsubishi Pajero will cease in 2021.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Mitsubishi plans to close the factory that builds the Pajero in Sakahogi in the Gifu Prefecture.

The plant – which also builds the Delica and Outlander – stopped producing the Pajero for Japan in 2019, although the vehicle continued to be exported.

Indeed, in 2019, Mitsubishi announced the Pajero nameplate would be scrapped in its domestic market, launching a “Final Edition” model to see off the now-38-year-old badge. The SUV has, however, soldiered on in other markets, including here in South Africa where it was last updated in October 2014.

Production of the Delica and Outlander is expected to be moved to the automaker’s Okazaki plant.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the Sakahogi facility manufactured around 63 000 units in 2019, with around 900 people employed at the factory.

In South Africa, the Pajero range currently comprises a three-door GLS derivative and a five-door GLS Exceed variant, priced at R729 995 and R819 995 respectively.