Shah Rukh Khan is called the King of Bollywood, and for all the right reasons. Apart from delivering several hits in his record, Shah Rukh Khan is also known for one more thing in the Bollywood circuits – his love for cars. Over the years, Shah Rukh Khan has owned several desirable vehicles in his collection, ranging from sedans to SUVs. However, if you look closely, it will become evident how much he loves a tough-looking SUV. One such SUV which Shah Rukh Khan has owned in the past is a Mitsubishi Pajero.
Here is rare footage of Shah Rukh Khan from the late nineties, driving a red-coloured second-generation Mitsubishi Pajero. The Pajero shown here is a pre-facelift model of the second generation version and gets silver-coloured cladding all around and a large and wide bull bar at the front. This particular version was initially imported directly from Japan and was replaced by a facelifted model a few years down, which was later assembled at Mitsubishi’s Thiruvalur plant in India. The model shown here looks like the imported version only.
Not only Shah Rukh Khan, but many prominent personalities have owned a Mitsubishi Pajero in the past. The rugged-looking SUV was highly regarded as a status symbol for the immense road presence it possessed. The Mitsubishi Pajero was launched as a 4×4 lifestyle SUV. At that time, it was short on comfort features compared to modern standards but was bought mainly for the large dimensions and the capable four-wheel-drive system is offered. Even today, the Mitsubishi Pajero is highly sought after by enthusiasts in the used car market for its prowess on off-road terrains.
The Mitsubishi Pajero was brought into the Indian market with a sole powertrain option of a 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. Available with a manual gearbox and four-wheel drive as standard, this engine is used to make 120 bhp of maximum power and 280 Nm of maximum torque. These figures might look too low in current standards but were more than enough back in those times. The engine was known for its high reliability and tractability, with a good low-end torque making it a mile-muncher and seriously capable SUV off the road.
While the world bid adieu to the second-generation Mitsubishi Pajero in 1999, the Indian market continued to get it till 2012 with the name of Mitsubishi Pajero SFX. This version was equipped with additional features, a retuned powertrain compliant to BS-4 emission norms and quirky looking dual-tone paint schemes.