Mitsubishi Pajero Mini
ManufacturerMitsubishi Motors
Also calledNissan Kix
AssemblyJapan: Kurashiki, Okayama (Mizushima plant)
Body and chassis
ClassKei car
Body style3-door SUV
SuccessorMitsubishi eK X

The Mitsubishi Pajero Mini (Japanese: 三菱・パジェロミニ, Hepburn: Mitsubishi Pajero Mini) is a kei car produced by Mitsubishi Motors from December 1994 until June 2012.


Based on the platform of the Minica, the Pajero Mini was styled as a miniature version of the company's successful Pajero sport utility vehicle, in response to the SUV craze of the late 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Compared to the full-sized original, the kei vehicle was considerably smaller and was fitted with petrol 660 cc four-cylinder engines.

The popularity of the vehicle inspired Mitsubishi to create several limited editions, including the "Iron Cross", "Desert Cruiser", "White Skipper" and "Duke".

First generation (1994; H51/56A)

Mitsubishi Pajero Mini H51A/H56A
Mitsubishi Pajero Mini XR-II
Body and chassis
RelatedMitsubishi Pajero Junior
Transmission5 speed manual
3/4 speed automatic
Wheelbase2,200 mm (86.6 in)
Length3,295 mm (129.7 in)
Width1,395 mm (54.9 in)
Height1,630 mm (64.2 in)
Curb weight780–930 kg (1,720–2,050 lb)

The original Pajero Mini was first presented in December 1994. It was available with a choice of naturally aspirated or turbocharged 659 cc four cylinder engines with 52 or 64 PS (38 or 47 kW). Front- or four-wheel drive were available, with 2WD models receiving the H51A model code and four-wheel drives being H56A. A larger-engined version with a wider track (and correspondingly larger fender flares) was presented in October 1995; this was sold as the Mitsubishi Pajero Junior. The turbocharged models were VR-I or VR-II depending on equipment levels, while the naturally aspirated versions were called XR-I and XR-II. The "-I" versions received little standard equipment and can easily be recognized by their steel wheels, black bumpers and other trim such as door handles and rear view mirrors, and minimal brightwork. The more expensive -II models were usually painted two-tone and often receive alloy wheels and various pieces of chrome trim.

In May 1996 the Pajero Mini "Skipper", a special version for urban and town use, was released. The name is a reference to Mitsubishi's Minica Skipper kei car coupé of the early 1970s. In December 1997, the Pajero Mini Duke was released. This had a somewhat more rugged appearance, including sturdy cladding along the sides and a grille with upright bars, a reference to Jeeps and Mitsubishi's history of license manufacturing the CJ-3B for four-and-a-half decades.

Second generation (1998; H53/58A)

Mitsubishi Pajero Mini H53A/H58A
Mitsubishi Pajero Mini Limited (facelift)
Transmission5 speed manual
4 speed automatic
Wheelbase2,200 mm (86.6 in)
Length3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height1,635 mm (64.4 in)
Curb weight820–990 kg (1,808–2,183 lb)

In October 1998 the kei car regulations were again updated, and the Pajero Mini was widened and lengthened accordingly at the same time.[2] The "Duke" special model was carried over; it now received a larger, deeper set grille with vertical rather than horizontal bars.

In Japan, the Pajero Mini was sold at a specific retail chain called Galant Shop. Since 2008 Mitsubishi has produced the Nissan Kix (Japanese: 日産・キックス, Hepburn: Nissan Kikkusu), an OEM version of the Pajero Mini, expanding a similar deal already in place for the Mitsubishi eK/Nissan Otti.[3]

Production of the Mitsubishi Pajero Mini ended in June 2012.[4]

Annual production and sales

Year Production Sales Exports
1994 unknown unknown unknown
1995 104,990 unknown unknown
1996 71,185 unknown unknown
1997 43,302 44,224 358
1998 48,792 47,592 32
1999 36,580 35,673 3
2000 24,895 27,011 2
2001 16,590 17,458 0
2002 12,672 13,720
2003 17,141 17,237
2004 10,307 10,371
2005 10,445 10,611
2006 9,436 9,367
2007 9,279 9,195
2008 17,033 11,456
2009 11,195 8,646
2010 9,165 8,056
2011 9,681 8,281
2012 5,862 6,081
32 more cars sold 2013-2017

(Sources: Facts & Figures 2000, Facts & Figures 2001, Facts & Figures 2005, Facts & Figures 2009, Mitsubishi Motors website)