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Mitsubishi Challenger

is back

The 2010 Mitsubishi Challenger.

The hugely popular Challenger nameplate today makes a welcome return to the Mitsubishi Motors stable, promising to build up an even bigger fan club of owners than when it was last available in New Zealand.

Those fans will be taken aback by the advances the all-new 2010 model has made, from its high level of on-road comfort and driveability to its low-range four-wheel drive ability. Exceptional performance and economy comes courtesy of Challenger’s new high-power 2.5-litre common rail intercooled turbo-diesel. With automatic transmission, five- or seven-seat layouts and two specification levels, the midsize Challenger offers premium levels of power, versatility, safety and style.

Previously, owners of Challenger prized it for its four-wheel drive ability, rather than its on-road comfort, said Mitsubishi’s sales and marketing general manager Peter Wilkins. When Mitsubishi’s designers began work on the new model, their clear intent was to offer the best of both worlds – and we think they nailed it. This vehicle, completely new in every aspect, drives like a dream, on-road and off

Challenger slots neatly into Mitsubishi’s renowned four-wheel drive range, competitively positioned between the compact crossover Outlander and the all-terrain Pajero.

Style-wise, Challenger is equally at home cruising city streets or mixing it in the rough. Its basic design premise was to deliver versatility and flexibility, blending tough with smart and muscle with comfort One surprise will be the 133kW of power and the 356Nm of torque unleashed by Challenger’s new 2.5-litre common rail intercooled turbo-diesel – making it an ideal vehicle for heavy-duty towing and off-road driving.

The engine uses the latest clean diesel technology, with an optimised combustion chamber, improved injector specifications and a variable geometry turbocharger making big contributions to cleaner emissions. Despite its impressive power and torque output, Challenger is extremely fuel efficient for a vehicle in its class, using just 9.8 litres per 100 kms.

Challenger’s strong, responsive diesel is mated to an INVECS II Smart Logic automatic transmission with Sports Mode, letting drivers make clutchless shifts if they choose.

Mitsubishi’s Pajero-style All Terrain Technology (MATT), readies Challenger for the hard stuff. Its class-leading off-road safe-traction. package: Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), Multi-mode ABS with EBD, and rear diff lock can be worth its weight in gold in an unexpectedly sticky situation halfway up a mountain or halfway down an unbeaten track.

MATT’s exceptional four-wheel drive system is underpinned by the famed Super Select that lets the driver choose between these driving modes (the first three on the fly):

* 2H two-wheel drive high range, for fine-weather commuting or highway touring and frugal fuel use. * 4H full-time four-wheel drive, for extra traction in bad weather or on coarse roads. * 4HLC four-wheel drive high with locked centre differential, sharing power equally between all wheels to easily defeat most four-wheel drive tracks * 4LLC four-wheel drive low with locked centre differential, for when the going gets really tough.

With its strong new ladder-frame chassis, Challenger has 50% more torsional rigidity than its predecessor. The vehicle’s well mannered too, displaying comfortable and controlled driving characteristics through its all-round coil-spring suspension: at the front, double wishbones; at the rear, a three-link design. Stabiliser bars control body roll, while four-wheel disc brakes provide optimal stopping power.

Challenger’s RISE body construction and its six bring added safety.

Braked towing capacity is a generous 2,500 kg.

As flexible and versatile as it is stylish and powerful, the new Challenger offers a choice of five or seven seats, with the seven-seater’s third row split 50/50. This gives the owner multiple seating and stowage combinations and lets all occupants travel in style and comfort. The upward opening rear door adds another level of convenience, allowing for ease of loading in urban environments where space might be at a premium.

Peter Wilkins says that pricing and specifications have been calibrated to offer the best possible value with the highest possible feature levels.

With the option of five or seven seats, the new Challenger will appeal to active families, so we have made sure that all the bells and whistles that mum, dad and a couple of kids need are there, and at an affordable price.

The five-seat Challenger GLS, priced at $56,990, boasts a host of functional styling, comfort and technology features. These include 17 inch alloy wheels (with a full-sized alloy spare), side steps and roof rails. Inside are steering-wheel mounted controls for cruise and audio, power windows with automatic up and down on the driver’s side, remote keyless entry and central locking, single CD player with six-speaker system, leather-bound steering wheel, an MP3 jack, privacy glass and cargo blind.

The seven-seat Exceed, priced at $61,990, adds third-row seating with a 50/50 split, manually controlled rear air conditioning, and a collection of premium-style features inside and out: to name just a few, leather seat trim, powered driver’s seat, eight-speaker sound, headlamp washers, speed-sensitive wipers and reversing sensors.

Like every new Mitsubishi car and light commercial vehicle, Challenger is covered by the comprehensive Diamond Advantage Warranty, which gives owners a 10-year/160,000 km powertrain warranty, 5-year/130,000 km new car warranty and a 5-year/130,000 km roadside assistance package.

Challenger Pricing

GLS – 5 seat $56,990

EXCEED – 7 seat $61,990

* The views and information in this press release are solely from the company listed in the release. If you have any questions please contact the company directly.

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