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Mitsubishi Challenger


Challenger Review

The Mitsubishi is for those times when the just isn#8217;t enough.


2010 Mitsubishi LS; 2.5-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel; automatic; five-seat wagon $46,890*

2010 Mitsubishi XLS; 2.5-litre, four-cylinder, five-speed automatic; five-seat #8211; $56,990*


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When the advertisement first up on TV, I wondered why they were a Triton as a family vehicle. It until the car was turned around and the was on display that I realised it was the all new Challenger .

Upon closer inspection, hard to realise where or why the fits within the Mitsubishi It’s certainly bigger and capable than an Mitsubishi but doesn’t appear any more or comfortable than a Mitsubishi .

If we forget about the challenges in selling the Challenger alongside the it doesn’t take long to how unique and appropriate the Challenger is.

The cabin has Triton written all it – not literally, but it’s quite when it all originated. The hard and rugged climate control are amongst the few downsides. Lashings of on the up-spec XLS model add to the luxury of seats and satellite navigation.

and leg room in the front and second row is impressive. Built on the Mitsubishi platform, there is ample for five adults. The Challenger can be optioned with seven further increasing passenger

If you think the head and leg room is just wait until you see the of the boot. 1813 litres of capacity is on offer with the row folded flat. That of capacity makes the Challenger enough to carry passengers, also catering for masses of and all the other bits and pieces with tasks such as making.

Under the bonnet you find Mitsubishi’s 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. 131kW and 400Nm of torque, the easily overcomes the Challenger’s mass.

Mated to a five-speed gearbox (five-speed manual available), the transmission is always in the gear for optimal acceleration.

When optioned with the automatic gearbox, torque is to 350Nm.

The Challenger’s main card is its fuel consumption. The manual Challenger achieves a fuel consumption of 8.3L/100km, the automatic jumps to 9.8L/100km. an impressive fuel consumption for a 4WD of its size.

The downside to the Challenger’s laden engine is the amount of it makes. Sounds buffering unchanged from the Triton, so the can be heard from miles with the windows up or down. at its loudest when started cold and takes around 10 to go from a wielding drone to a more respectable, but still too tractor-like note.

Although the of cabin space are achieved by the Challenger on the Triton platform, handling characteristics remain. A big ratio means more are required to get the Challenger around bends and corners.

The Challenger uses a three-link coil and stabiliser rear setup, allowing for a comfortable unfortunately handling is very Plenty of body roll when lobbing the Challenger sweeping and tight corners.

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the Challenger around the city is pain-free, especially with the of the reversing camera on the XLS model. The height can give you a bit of a fright travelling through tight car parks though, as they are limited to 1.85m.

Off-road is the Challenger feels most at

The Challenger literally walked anything thrown at it. In most four wheel drive range was all that was required to rocky hills and wade muddy ruts. For harder the Challenger features a low range wheel drive mode in to centre and rear differential further increasing traction.

The Challenger’s suspension articulation is The off-road juggernaut has no problems traction, even when a is fully extended.

Approach and angles are also reasonable at 35 and 26 respectively. The optional tow bar further the departure angle, but can be removed for situations. With 220mm of clearance, the Challenger bypasses all and body damaging protrusions.

The tow pack provides a towing of 2,500kg with a braked and 750kg with an un-braked

Priced from $44,490 for the manual five seat LS, the finishes at $58,890 for the seven five-speed automatic XLS.

At first glance, the Challenger to be a lost cause. If you take a look though, it presents a case for families after a 4WD with plenty of room for both passengers and luggage. The way it off-road also confirms it’s the 4WD king of the Mitsubishi

If you’re happy to sacrifice the of the Pajero, the Challenger provides the alternative option at an affordable To top it off, it doesn’t look too bad

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