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Fact: You Can Still Buy a New Mitsubishi Montero in the Rest of the World

Here’s something you may not have realized: You can still buy a brand-new Mitsubishi Montero in many other markets across the world. It’s called the Mitsubishi Pajero in most places — but the point is that it exists, and you can get it brand new. And here’s the crazy thing: It’s just an updated version of the exact same Montero we had in the States years ago.

Before I get into this, a little Montero overview. The Montero first came to the U.S. in the mid-1980s as a 2- or 4-door model. Eventually, a 2-door version was also sold as the Dodge Raider, with a little badge on the back that said "IMPORTED FOR DODGE," so you had no doubts as to its heritage. A second-generation model debuted in 1992, and the third-generation version came out for the 2001 model year.

Unfortunately for Mitsubishi, Montero popularity waned in its later years as buyers started to focus more on crossovers than capable, truck-based SUVs like the Montero — so Mitsubishi cancelled the Montero in the U.S. market following the 2006 model year, and devoted itself instead to selling crossovers.

Elsewhere, however, Mitsubishi facelifted the Montero after 2006 (calling it a "fourth-generation" model) — and it’s still on sale a decade later. The current Montero (or, rather, the current Pajero) looks a lot like the one we got from 2001 to 2006, albeit with some freshening, and apparently it’s offered with a range of engines from a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder to a 3.8-liter V6, with a few diesels peppered in. In the markets where it’s on sale, top rivals are the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and the Nissan Patrol — and from my own experience last year in Dubai, I can tell you the Pajero remains highly popular, at least over there.

Indeed, if you thought the Montero was gone, it isn’t — and in some places, it’s the model Mitsubishi remains best known for. Find a Mitsubishi Montero for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I own both a Prado and the Pajero from 2006. Both have around 200,000km now.  The Pajero is the best at light off-roading while the Prado comes to its own in the rough. I do like the Prado 4 liter a lot more then the mitsu’s 3.8. The latter has the beatbox transmission though.

  2. last year, i had a 1992 montero with a 5 speed manual… it may have taken 14 seconds to 60, but i loved it for the 2 months i had it… 

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