Mitsubishi Challenger successor makes global debut

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport aka Challenger

Mitsubishi Motors’  long-awaited successor to its versatile Challenger 4×4 SUV has made its  international debut at the 2015 Bangkok International Grand Motor Sale in  Thailand today. Presented for the  first time in production form, Mitsubishi’s third-generation Challenger offers  rugged luxury, sophisticated technology and genuine four-wheel drive  performance.

Named Pajero Sport  in markets like Thailand, the new model features Mitsubishi Motors’ new Dynamic  Shield front face design concept, a further evolution of the design nurtured in  successive models of the Pajero series.

The high-quality  stylish design uses both sporty and dynamic elements that clearly distinguish it  from other off-road SUVs.

Inside, a high  console proportion dashboard with dynamically styled silver-finish  ornamentation and plush sculpted seats add to its luxurious feel.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport aka Challenger

Powered by a  2.4-litre MIVEC turbo diesel engine mated to a new 8-speed automatic  transmission, the new SUV achieves improved environmental performance while  delivering great practical utility and punchy engine performance.

Handling, stability,  ride and quietness have all been improved through optimisation of the  suspension and improvements to the body mounts. The use of upgraded sound  insulation and a new diesel engine provide a significant reduction in interior  noise.

The 2016 Challenger  introduces a range of advanced and comprehensive safety technology that will  feature on a Mitsubishi model for the first time.

New active safety  features include Blind Sport Warning (BSW) and Ultrasonic misacceleration  Mitigation System (UMS) which, while stationary or at speeds of up to 10 km/h,  uses ultrasonic sensors to detect vehicle obstructions and regulates engine  power if the drive depresses the accelerator hard by mistake.

Additional safety  firsts include a Multi-around Monitor which displays a bird’s eye image of the  vehicle’s perimeter and the new model gains an electronic parking brake.

Forward Collision  Mitigation (FCM) braking will also feature on the new Challenger, rounding out  a list of advanced safety features not typically found in this class.

MMC’s own RISE  impact safety body design and a total of seven SRS airbags provide occupants  with outstanding passive safety.

The Challenger  uses a further-evolved version of MMC’s own Super Select II four-wheel drive  system. This is complemented by the new Off-road Mode terrain selection system,  a first on a Mitsubishi, which gives better all-terrain performance and  stability as the road surface requires.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport aka Challenger

The addition of Hill  Descent Control, another first for Mitsubishi, and greater wading depth also enhance  the Challengers off-road capabilities.

Mitsubishi Motors  Australia Executive Director of Marketing Tony Principe said the new-generation  Challenger demonstrates the brand’s renewed emphasis on style, refinement and  cutting edge technology.

“Mitsubishi Motors’ Challenger successor is another example of our product direction  and reflects the new appeal, design excellence, quality and refinement we are  building into our vehicles.

“The 2016 Challenger  represents a new-generation of SUV with luxury, high-tech safety features and  superior comfort while still delivering class leading 4WD capabilities and great  on-road performance.”

The new SUV will  go on sale in Thailand this Spring and will be launched progressively in 90 countries  across ASEAN, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Russia in the coming  months.

Mitsubishi Motors  Australia will announce details of the new Australian specification Challenger  closer to its local launch.