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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

The Mitsubishi Challenger is a mid-size SUV built by Mitsubishi Motors.

First generation (1996–2008)

Mitsubishi Challenger
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Also called Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
Mitsubishi Montero Sport
Mitsubishi Nativa
Mitsubishi Shogun Sport
Mitsubishi G-Wagon
Production 1996–2008
1997–2012 (Middle East)[1]
Assembly Nagoya, Aichi Japan (Nagoya Plant) (1996–2010)
Beijing, China (Beijing Benz) (2003–2008)
Catalão, Brazil (Mitsubishi Brazil)(2006–2010)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear- or four-wheel drive
Related Mitsubishi Triton
Engine 3.0 L 6G72 V6
3.5 L 6G74 V6
2.5 L 4D56 TD I4
2.8 L 4M40 TD I4
3.2 L 4M41 TD I4
Transmission Super Select 4WD
• 4-speed auto
• 5-speed semi-auto
• 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,725 mm (107.3 in)
Length 4,620 mm (181.9 in)
Width 1,775 mm (69.9 in)
Height 1,735 mm (68.3 in)
Curb weight 1,845–1,920 kg (4,070–4,230 lb)
Successor Mitsubishi Endeavor (North America)

Production began in Japan in 1996, and was available for most export markets by 1997, where it was variously known as the Challenger, Pajero Sport in Europe, Montero Sport in North America, South America and the Philippines, Nativa in parts of Central America and the Middle East, Shogun Sport in the United Kingdom, and G-Wagon in Thailand.[2] The first generation Challenger was built on the second generation Pajero wheelbase. Like the Pajero, it featured independent front suspension with torsion bars and a live rear axle. In addition to numerous face lifts over the years, there was a major suspension change from rear leaf to coil springs in late 2000. As its popularity increased, local assembly for foreign markets was introduced in China in 2003,[3] and Brazil in 2006.[4] Sales were discontinued in Japan in 2003, in North America in 2004 (where it was superseded by the Endeavor),[5] and central and western Europe in 2008.[6] In Japan, it was sold at a specific retail chain called Car Plaza.

The 3-liter V6 is the most commonly used engine; it produces 175 hp (130 kW; 177 PS) at 5,000 rpm.[7] The North American market received petrol V6 engines, while other markets also had a variety of turbodiesel inline-fours to choose between.

Second generation (2008–present)

Mitsubishi Challenger
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Also called Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (Bangladesh, India, Russia, China, ASEAN)
Mitsubishi Montero Sport (North America, Philippines and Latin America)
Mitsubishi Nativa (Latin America and Middle East)
Mitsubishi Pajero Dakar (Latin America)
Challenger (Australia)
Production 2008–present
Assembly Laem Chabang, Thailand (Mitsubishi Thailand)
Catalão, Brazil (Mitsubishi Motors Brazil)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Pragoti)
Chennai, India
Kaluga, Russia[8]
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear- or four-wheel drive
Related Mitsubishi Triton
Engine 2.4 L 4G69 I4
3.0 L 6B31 V6
3.5 L 6G74 V6
2.5 L 4D56 TD I4
2.5 L 4D56 VGT TD I4
2.5 L 4D56 VGT Common rail DI-D I4
3.2 L 4M41 TD I4
Length 4,695 mm (184.8 in)
Width 1,815 mm (71.5 in)
Height 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (China)

The second generation of the vehicle, based on the ladder frame chassis of the Mitsubishi Triton/Mitsubishi Freeca/L200/Hunter, was gradually introduced to selected markets (Russia, south-east Asia and the Middle East) through the autumn of 2008, following its debut at the Moscow Auto Salon. 2.5 or 3.2 litre diesel and 3.0 or 3.5 litre V6 petrol engines are available as before, while five- or seven-seat interior configurations are offered.[6][9] As with the Triton pick-up on which it is based, production of the new Pajero Sport for all markets is concentrated in Thailand.[10]

In the Philippines, Mitsubishi Challenger is officially named as Mitsubishi Montero Sport. Its success overtook its rival, Toyota Fortuner in terms of sales. Mitsubishi Montero Sport is available in seven variants: GLX-V 4x2 (5-speed Manual), GLS-V 4x2 (5-speed Automatic), GLS-V 4x4 (5-speed Manual), GT-V 4x4 (5-speed Automatic) all equipped with Variable geometry turbocharger giving maximum output of 178 hp and 350 Nm (Automatic) or 400 Nm (Manual) of Torque. Also offered are non-VGT variants GLX 4x2 (5-speed Manual), GLX 4x2 (5-speed Automatic) & GLS 3.0 V6 Gasoline (5-speed Automatic).

In the India, Mitsubishi Challenger is sold under the name Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. It is equipped with 2.5-litre 16 Valve intercooled turbocharged DOHC diesel engine giving a maximum output of 175bhp and 400Nm of torque. It weighs 2065kg and gives out a mileage of 12kmpl. It sold with a price tag of INR 23.12 lakhs.[11]

In Bangladesh, Mitsubishi Challenger is assembled by state-owned automotive industry Pragoti and sold under the name Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.[12]

Annual production

Year Production
Japan Brazil
1996 35,561 -
1997 51,594 -
1998 71,562 -
1999 95,914 -
2000 92,475 -
2001 78,337 -
2002 69,001 -
2003 34,258 -
2004 30,515 -
2005 23,773 600
2006 17,455 5,370
2007 19,349 6,120
2008 9,210 4,470
2009 2,364 4,560

(Sources: Facts & Figures 2010, Mitsubishi Motors website)


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