The Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin
Mitsubishi Pinin History
The Pinin was a compact SUV (small-size Sport Utility Vehicle), based on the already successful Pajero iO, released in June 1998. The name ‘iO’ came from the Italian for ‘I’ or ‘me’ in order to symbolise the car as being easy to drive and your very own Pajero (the Pajero was a larger SUV model). The iO was available in three, or five door versions.
The Pinin differed from the standard iO as it was produced exclusively for the European market by Pininfarina. It featured new Italian styling to make it more appealing for the European market.
Mitsubishi and Pininfarina Collaboration
The First Mitsubishi Pinin
Mitsubishi Pinin Engine and 4WD
The GDI engine used in the Pinin was taken from its cousin, the Pajero. Mitsubishi's revolutionary 1.8-litre environmental engine. A popular engine for its low-emission levels, and high power characteristics. The engine generated up to 130PS, and delivered 18.5 kg.m torque at a leisurely 3,500 rpm. The GDI engine set the Pinin up perfectly for driving around town whilst also supplying plenty of power for expressway cruising or off-road work.
The Pinin featured Mitsubishi's SS4-i viscous coupling-type four-wheel drive system, a smaller and lighter upgrade of the Super Select 4WD system. The system allowed the driver to select from four modes, to choose the optimum one for any particular road surface.