The Mitsubishi Pajero Mini is a tiny, cute, and interesting off-roader that’s quirky and very small. 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. Compared to the full-sized original, the kei vehicle was considerably smaller and was fitted with petrol 660 cc four-cylinder engines.
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. Today I’m reviewing a Pajero Mini, and I’ll show you all the quirks and features of this little Pajero Mini. Then I’ll drive the Pajero Mini and review the driving experience.
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.