Pajero Mini and Pajero Junior can be compared with “kittens”, if you remember that the name of their big brother Pajero comes from the name of a wild cat that lives in the mountains of South America. Pajero Mini was born in 1994. This is a light 3-door car, the body of which is decorated in the style of a real SUV. Although the exterior design of the Pajero, which had previously gained immense popularity, was transferred to a small model, the internal equipment and design of the Pajero Mini was borrowed from sedans. Pajero Mini is a typical representative of cars for outdoor activities, and it is more correct to call it a light station wagon with the makings of an SUV. This is evidenced by the presence of not only all-wheel drive, but also rear-wheel drive modifications.
Before starting production of the model, Mitsubishi marketers, having studied consumer demands, came to the conclusion that among young people there are a lot of fans of all-wheel drive cars, but not every one of them can afford to buy a full-size SUV. From that moment, the history of the development of compact four-wheel drive cars with characteristic unifying features began: high ground clearance, short base and small overhangs, a comfortable four-seater saloon. At the time sales began, the most inexpensive version of the Pajero Mini was worth just over 1 million yen. The car has a power steering, front fog lights, glazing with UV protection, roof rails, central locking, power accessories, air conditioning, 15-inch wheels. The quality of the interior is comparable to Mitsubishi sedans. In expensive trim levels there is a roll gauge, a compass, front protection - everything is like in "adult" SUVs. The most expensive modification of the Duke has a sporty design, which is emphasized by four round headlights and the original design of the front of the body.
Under the hood of the Pajero Mini hides a longitudinally located 4A30 four-cylinder gasoline engine with a capacity of 660 cubic meters. cm in versions with and without turbocharging. In addition, there are differences in design. 54 hp engine - 16-valve OHC, the second version is a 20-valve DOHC. The engines are quite revolving, but, for example, the maximum torque value of 97 Nm for the turbo version is reached at 3000 rpm, while for the aspirated engine 59 Nm - only at 5000 rpm. The car is equipped with two types of transmissions: a mechanical 5-speed gearbox and a 3-speed automatic transmission. The Pajero Mini suspension is similar to that of a passenger car. Front - MacPherson struts. Rear - multi-link 5-link design. The maneuverability of the car is ideal for urban environments. The length of the machine is only 3295 mm. Wheelbase - 2.2 m. Turning radius - 4.8 m. Ground clearance is very decent 195 mm. The car has a permanent rear-wheel drive, plus the ability to connect all-wheel drive using the Easy Select 4WD system. However, there are simpler, exclusively rear-wheel drive versions.
Compact Pajero Mini is quite well prepared in terms of security. The car is equipped with a driver’s pillow, has child seat mounts, door stiffeners, three-point seat belts. In expensive versions there is ABS. With small dimensions, the car was able to show quite successful results according to the JP NCAP test methods for frontal and side crash tests. Pajero Mini deserves interest as a typical city car, in which it is shameless to get into the forest for mushroom berries or fishing. At the same time, shortcomings inherent in the short base also affect - instability on the road, goat. Despite the very modest volume, its engines have a resource quite acceptable for such a light car and, with proper maintenance, can easily overcome an odometer of 200 thousand. km However, few first-generation cars can boast overall good technical condition.