CC Global: 2004 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2.5 TD GLS – Forget Sport, It’s All About Utility

Many Japanese SUVs (Stout Utility Vehicles) in the Netherlands are converted into a panel van for a registration as a commercial vehicle. Diesel power comes with the package. An example of such a stayer is this Mitsubishi, most likely owned by an excavator operator, as there was no one else to see in the whole area.

The first generation of the Pajero Sport was offered from 1996 to 2008. The same SUV was also marketed as the Challenger, Montero Sport, Nativa, Shogun Sport and Strada G-Wagon.

It was fully based on the third generation of the Mitsubishi Whatchamacallit pickup, as introduced in 1996. Depending on where you live, that could be the Strada, Colt, L200, Storm, Magnum, Strakar or Triton. I’d say hooray for globally used alphanumeric brand names.

Back to business: body-on-frame, a live rear axle with coil springs (leaf springs prior to late 2000) and independent front suspension with torsion bars.

Straightforward yet not spartan. Everything you need is there, a five-speed manual included.

Hardly ever.

This is how a well-used Pajero Sport van may look like on the inside. Note the full divider, with a window in this case, between the cab and the cargo compartment.

The 2.5 liter inline-four turbodiesel (8v OHC) with an intercooler on top of things, so that hood scoop is functional. Maximum power output 115 DIN-hp.

The GVM of this SUV panel van is rated at 2,510 kg (5,534 lbs), its curb weight is 1,880 kg (4,145 lbs). Another important number in this segment is the towing capacity: 2,800 kg (6,173 lbs).

I assume the owner can dig it!