Shahrukh Khan has been around in the movie industry for decades now. He is also a petrolhead and even though he does not drive off in expensive sportscars, he loves SUVs and owns a number of them. Shahrukh Khan’s first car was a humble Maruti Suzuki Omni, which he received as a gift from his mother. At present, his car collection is nothing short of a dream. His garage includes the likes of Land Rover Range Rover Vogue, several BMWs and so on, But this is not a story about his present car collection. This is about a Mitsubishi Pajero SFX, owned by Shahrukh Khan years ago.
This is rare footage of the young Shahrukh Khan driving around in the Mitsubishi Pajero SFX. The video is from Wild Films India. While the exact details of the car remain unknown, the video indicates that Shahrukh Khan either imported this Pajero SFX or bought it from someone in India. Since this car seems to be imported one and the footage is from a time that is much before Mitsubishi launched the SUV in the Indian market.
There were quite a few handful of Mitsibishi Pajero in India that were imported before the official launch of the SUV. Actually, it was the choice of the rich and the famous in those years. In present day scenario, the Mitsubishi Pajero was like Land Cruiser, which many imported before the official launch but many imported it.
Direct import from Japan
The imported Mitsubishi Pajero SFX in those days were imported directly from Japan. Since Japan also drives on the left hand-side of the road like India, importing these vehicles were not a big issue, if you had the money. Mitsubishi Japan used to export these iconic SUVs.
Mitsubishi finally launched the Pajero SFX as a luxury car in the Indian market. However, many customers bought the vehicle as it was extremely rugged and offered a high reliability. The Pajero SFX in those days were exactly bare bones compared to the sub-4m compact SUVs on sale in the present day.
While the Pajero SFX was all about ruggedness, reliability and even capabilities, it did not offer any kind of luxury features. The vehicle had this go-anywhere nature, which made it extremely popular among the off-roading community. Eventually, when Mitsubishi launched the vehicle in the Indian market, it offered only a single engine option. The vehicle was available with a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 120 Bhp and peak torque of 280 Nm. It came with a five-speed manual transmission. The vehicle came with 4X4 as standard with a low-ratio capable transfer case.
After India implemented the Bharat Stage-4 emission norms, Mitsubishi detuned the diesel engine to meet the new criteria. In the process, the vehicle lost about 10 horsepower. It was an indestructible SUV that could take on various terrains without sweating out. Mitsubishi has now discontinued the vehicle in the Indian market, however, the Japanese manufacturer used to import CKD kits and assemble them at the Hindustan Motors facility at Tiruvallur near Chennai.