Mitsubishi has confirmed production of the Pajero will cease in 2021, with the Japanese firm’s division in South Africa saying it will “continue to order for as long as we are able to”.

When announcing its new mid-term global plan, Mitsubishi said its board had “resolved to stop production in first half of 2021” and close its Sakahogi factory, confirming an earlier rumour.

We asked Mitsubishi Motors South Africa what this meant for local customers.

“As this is a popular model in South Africa and a really good part of our brand heritage, we will continue to order [the Pajero] for as long as we are able to,” Nic Campbell, general manager of Mitsubishi Motors SA, told CARmag.co.za.

“We know that the Pajero is loved across South Africa and we will continue to support our customers.

“For now in SA, it’s Pajero business as usual and if you want the best off-road 4x4 adventure around, pop into one of our 41 dealers – we have stock,” Campbell added.

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, of course, soldiered on in some other markets, including here in South Africa where it was last updated in October 2014.

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.