Kei Car Weekend Edition: Mitsubishi Pajero Mini

The Mitsubishi Pajero nameplate was also affixed on a tiny little SUV, endearingly called the Pajero Mini. The design language matched the bigger versions, so sensibly it appeared to be created as a scaled-down version of a full-size Pajero. And as befits the tiny car class, the drivetrain was also 660cc, with a choice of a turbo or not.
There were a few generations available, so it wasn’t a one-time gimmick.

Also, there were weird-as-hell editions available, like the Duke, the Iron Cross and the White Skipper.
Above, the Duke.
You could buy a Pajero Mini as late as 2012, with the front matching the then-current big Pajero.
In addition to being marketed as a Mitsubishi, you could also have the Pajero Mini as a Nissan Kix. Sensibly, the Kix was the least ornate of the development versions.


  1. How are Nissan and Mitsubishi related? Awesome little SUV – and quite some hood to look at for a kei car.

    1. They aren’t, but there are some weird tie-ups between some of the companies. Eg: (At the time,Ford controlled ) Mazda’s joint venture with (GM associated, owned 10%) Suzuki or the Nissan/Isuzu joint venture vans. Or the Nissan/Mazda/Ford/Mitsubishi vannettes.

    2. Badge-engineering to fill gaps in your lineup is big in Japan. Nissan buys all of their kei cars from other manufacturers, Mitsubishi buys from Nissan to replace their large sedan and the Lancer wagon, they both buy the same kei van from Suzuki

  2. Cool! Those would make a neat alternative to a Sidekick/Samurai/Tracker, although it’s nearly a foot narrower and shorter than than the Tracker.

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