The third generation 2016 Mitsubishi Challenger (Pajero Sport/Montero Sport) has been officially revealed. The unveiling took place at an event in Thailand and this is the first “full-redesign” of the SUV in seven years. It is based on the same ladder-frame chassis of the fifth generation Triton (L200) that arrived in November 2014.
Talking about the exterior changes, the all-new model gets Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” front fascia, also seen in the facelifted Outlander Sport. There’s heavy use of chrome, a new grille and the headlights have been restyled with LED daytime running lights. The side profile is somewhat similar to the outgoing model but the rear has been completely revamped; the new elongated tail lamps run down till the bumper. The cabin looks very similar to that of the Triton, sporting modern instruments and leather seats. The black-silver colour combination gives a luxurious look to the interior.
Under the hood, there’s a 2.4-litre 4N15 turbocharged diesel engine borrowed from the Triton and coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The SUV comes equipped with the Super-Select 4WD-II four-wheel drive system. Mitsubishi has not revealed the power and torque output for the engine, but in the Triton, this engine produces 178 hp and 430 Nm of torque.
Mitsubishi states that the handling stability, ride and quietness have all been improved in the new generation. Moreover, according to the company, the new powertrain gives a 17% improvement in fuel economy over the previous generation and the CO2 emissions are under 200 g/km. The third-gen model also gets an array of safety features, including Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM), Blind Spot Warning system, Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation system (UMS) and even an electric parking brake. There’s also a new Off-road Mode that can be found in the SUV, along with Hill Descent Control.
The all-new Mitsubishi Challenger/Pajero Sport/Monteror Sport is scheduled to go on sale in Thailand in fall 2015, sequentially followed by Australia, ASEAN nations, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Russia. It will be sold in some 90 countries. Production will be carried out at Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co. Ltd.’s Laem Chabang Plant in Thailand. The SUV will compete with Ford Everest, Isuzu MU-X, Toyota Fortuner and the likes.
More information is available in the press release embedded below the image gallery.