Pajero

1999

Pajero

In a full model change, Pajero underwent significant evolutionary changes as it metamorphosed into its third-generation manifestation in September 1999. Major changes included the replacement of the previous separate body and frame construction with very strong monocoque construction, in which the frame is an integral part of the body shell. Overall length, width and wheelbase were also increased. The resulting reductions in weight and increases in rigidity delivered excellent handling and stability as well as ride comfort. 3.5L V6 GDI and a new 3.2L Di-D direct-injection diesel engines were added to the lineup, delivering high power output, generating high torque as well as returning excellent fuel consumption. The Super Select 4WD system, which combined the benefits of both part- and full-time four-wheel drive, had been evolved into the SS4-II with the previous mechanical drive mode selector replaced by an electrically driven selector to bring a major improvement in operational feel. All-round independent suspension was by double-wishbone with coil at the front and by a multi-link arrangement at the rear and working in concert with the longer wheelbase and suspension stroke brought significant improvements in high-speed stability as well as in Paerjo's signature all-terrain performance. The styling created an organic front bumper design that protruded forwards like the shape of a wild cat's jaw, taking the moment when it freezes just before and the moment when it thrusts powerfully and leaps after its prey as its motif.

Short body type
Overall length 4220 mm
Overall width 1875 mm
Overall height 1845 mm
Engines 3.5 L, 3.2L diesel turbo