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It’s facelift time, apparently, as the Mitsubishi Pajero has also been facelifted, this time for the Japanese market. This is the second time the fourth-generation SUV has been updated since its introduction in 2006, never mind that the car itself is a heavily-revised version of the third-generation model, which had been around since 1999.

At the front, there’s a new full-length grille inspired by the company’s concepts from Tokyo 2013, bordered by two large vertical chrome bars. The front bumper has also been reshaped and feature LED positioning lights on higher trim levels. Exceed and Super Exceed models also get a redesigned spare tyre cover.

Inside, metallic trim now surrounds the central air vents, while the centre panel surrounding the head unit and the air-conditioning controls is now finished in woodgrain trim for the Super Exceed and piano black for the Exceed and VR-II models. Extra sound deadening material has also been installed behind the instrument panel and in the doors.

The existing Japanese market 3.0 litre naturally-aspirated petrol V6, 3.2 litre turbodiesel four, INVECS-II five-speed automatic transmission and Super Select II four-wheel drive system remain unchanged. Prices start from 2,921,400 yen (RM91,300) for the three-door VR-I petrol model, rising up to 4,930,200 yen (RM154,300) for the five-door Super Exceed diesel.

In Malaysia, the pre-facelift Pajero comes in Exceed guise with a 3.8 litre naturally-aspirated petrol V6, retailing at RM291,177 on the road without insurance. You can check out CarBase.my for full technical specifications and equipment of the current model.