FOR 2016: New Challenger seven-seater features 2.4-litre MIVEC turbo-diesel, heavily revised styling and a host of clever 4x4 and safety features
FOR 2016: New Challenger seven-seater features 2.4-litre MIVEC turbo-diesel, heavily revised styling and a host of clever 4x4 and safety features

New Mitsubishi Challenger revealed

IT'S NOT just the Aussie ute market that's flush with new models, the ute-based SUVs are coming thick and fast too.

Mitsubishi's third-generation Challenger 4x4 SUV, based on the Triton ute, has been revealed in Thailand, where it's badged Pajero Sport.

Style-wise the new Challenger (as it will be known when it arrives here) features Mitsubishi's new Dynamic Shield front face design concept - as seen on the facelifted Outlander SUV - while rather funky rear lights thinly stretch down to the base of the tailgate.

It all looks quite plush inside when inspecting the photos, with Mitsubishi describing "dynamically styled silver-finish ornamentation and plush sculpted seats" for a luxurious feel.

Mitsubishi says the seven-seater is powered by a 2.4-litre MIVEC turbo diesel mated to a new eight-speed automatic, but hasn't released power or economy figures.

However the current Triton on which the Challenger is based offers 133kW and 430Nm from its 2.4-litre diesel, albeit with a six-speed auto or five-speed manual.

Handling, stability, ride and quietness improvements are also claimed, while new safety features include seven airbags, blind spot warning, forward collision mitigation and multi-around monitor giving a bird's eye view of the car's perimeter.

An evolved version of Mitsubishi's Super Select II four-wheel drive system is employed, and is joined by a new Off-road Mode terrain selection system and hill descent control - both firsts for the brand.

The new Challenger will be on sale in Thailand in coming months, and we can expect to receive the SUV in early 2016, with Australian spec and prices revealed closer to that time.



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