2016 Mitsubishi Challenger revealed
Few cars have gone under as many namesas the Mitsubishi Challenger, which has been called Pajero Sport,Montero Sport, Shogun Sport, Pajero Dakar and Nativa in variousterritories, but regardless which title you’re used to, this is thenext-generation version.
Due to be revealed later this year andto go on sale in 2016, the new Challenger follows the same recipe asits two generations of predecessors, taking its old-school separatechassis and some of the body structure, particularly the windscreenand front doors, from the L200/Triton truck and adding anestate-style rear to create a rugged seven-seat SUV.
With a new Triton on sale now, it wasonly going to be a matter of time before the Challenger was replaced,but these patent renderings are the first glimpse of it’s finaldesign.
As on previous Challengers, the nosegets its own unique styling, with new front wings, bonnet and grille.These feature the latest iteration of the Mitsubishi corporate "face" as seen on the recently-released 2016 Outlander. In fact, it’svirtually identical to the front end of the 2013 Mitsubishi GR-HEVconcept truck.
While the new car’s styling isnotably sleeker than the current model, which has been on sale since2008, the separate ladder chassis and live rear axle means it’s anSUV of the more traditional, utilitarian style than many of itsrivals. Useful looking details include a tailgate that extends rightdown into the back bumper for a low loading lip, while side-steps,usually optional, are integrated into the design. Despite theoff-road looks, previous versions have been available with rear wheeldrive only as well as in 4WD form, and that’s likely to continue,at least in some markets.
Initially, the Challenger isexpected to be powered by the same 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel as the latest Triton, with 133kW (178 bhp) and 430Nm oftorque (317 lb-ft), allied to a six-speed manual or five-speed autotransmission. Further ahead, a plug-in hybrid could also be on thecards.