Muscat: Mitsubishi's Pajero has truly become an icon in the automobile industry, with equal resonance in Oman. The first Pajero prototype was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in November 1973. The Pajero II prototype followed in 1978, five years later.
Mitsubishi's aim was to create an all-purpose recreational vehicle which was the thought behind the genesis of the renowned SUV. The first Pajero was launched in May 1982. Initially it was a three-door, short-wheelbase model available with metal or canvas top and three different engine options.
In January 1983, the first Pajero made its debut at the Paris Dakar Rally, taking first place in 1985. Till date, the Pajero is the most successful vehicle in the Dakar Rally (winning its class seven out of the last 10 races, and 15 of the full 32 races). In 2012, Mitsubishi announced a special 30th anniversary edition of the Pajero.
The specially prepared 30th anniversary edition is based on the Pajero 3.5-litre MIVEC V6 with INVECS II four-speed automatic transmission in GLS trim. It features a range of stylish exterior upgrades such as chrome door accents, chrome radiator grille, chrome wheel cover, silver roof rails and special edition 30th anniversary badges.
Reinforcing the existing popularity of the Pajero, Mitsubishi Oman's general manager, Mark Tomlinson said, "In line with the long-standing heritage of the Pajero, we recently announced a commemorative edition of the SUV to coincide with its 30th anniversary. We have seen widespread interest and acceptance towards the Pajero, and this persistently encourages us to bring forth further innovation for our customers in Oman."
The Pajero 30th anniversary edition offers first-class occupant and driver safety with RISE body protection, ABS braking system with EBD, electronic stability control and driver and passenger SRS airbags along with super select II which offers the driver a range of flexible on and off-road driving modes.