Talk of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation discontinuing production of its iconic Pajero SUV has been going around for quite some time now. Earlier this week, the Japanese carmaker confirmed this by saying that it would indeed be ending production of its erstwhile SUV by August this year.
To mark its end, the Pajero will have a Final Edition variant in its Japanese home market. The special model will receive unique touches to the exterior and interior, along with some cool items such as a limited edition watch from watchmaker Citizen. Only 700 units of the Pajero Final Edition will be produced.
Mitsuibishi Motors began producing the Pajero in 1982 and has since gone on to bag 12 Paris-Dakar trophies. Moreover, the Pajero was one of the most popular SUVs in the 1980s and 1990s and has remained true to its heritage of being a true off-road vehicle that can be equally at home on city streets.
While there are still more than a few enthusiasts who believe in such a vehicle, market demand for more car-like SUVs and crossovers has caused a drastic slump in Pajero sales in Japan. The model has only sold less than 1,000 units as of late. Despite its demise in the Land of the Rising Sun, Mitsubishi has said that it will still continue producing it in other markets around the world.