Mitsubishi Challenger

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


First generation (1996–2008)

Mitsubishi Challenger
1998–2000 Mitsubishi Challenger
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Also called Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
Mitsubishi Montero Sport
Mitsubishi Nativa
Mitsubishi Shogun Sport
Mitsubishi G-Wagon
Production 1996–2008
1997–2010 (Middle East)[1]
Assembly Nagoya, Aichi Japan (1996–2010)
Beijing, China (2003–2008)
Catalão, Brazil (2006–2010)
Successor Mitsubishi Endeavor (North America)
Class Mid-size SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear- or four-wheel drive
Engine 6G72 3.0 L V6
6G74 3.5 L V6
4D56 2.5 L I4 TD
4M40 2.8 L I4 TD
4M41 3.2 L l4 TD
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 1,890–1,920 kg (4,170–4,230 lb)
Related Mitsubishi Triton

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 and South America, 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in 2003,[3] and Brazil in 2006.[4] Sales were discontinued in Japan in 2003, in North America in 2004 (where it was superseded by the Endeavor),[5] and central and western Europe in 2008.[6]

1998–2000 Mitsubishi Challenger (Australia)  
MY2001–2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport (US)  
2010 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 3.0 GLS as a police vehicle in Chile  

Second generation (2008–present)

Mitsubishi Challenger
2009 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Also called Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
Mitsubishi Montero Sport
Mitsubishi Nativa
Mitsubishi Pajero Dakar
Production 2008–present
Assembly Laem Chabang, Thailand
Catalão, Brazil
Cainta, Rizal, Philippines
Chittagong, Bangladesh
Class Mid-size SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear- or four-wheel drive
Engine 6B31 3.0 L V6
6G74 3.5 L V6
4D56 2.5 L I4 TD
4D56 2.5 L I4 VGT 2011-MY (4D56 2.5 L I4 DI-D Hyper Common rail VGT w/ Intercoller, I4 DOHC 4 Cylinder, 16 Valve)
4M41 3.2 L l4 TD
Length 4,695 mm (184.8 in)
Width 1,815 mm (71.5 in)
Height 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Related Mitsubishi Triton

The second generation of the vehicle, based on the ladder frame chassis of the Mitsubishi Triton,[7] was gradually introduced to selected markets (Russia, south-east Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Oceania) 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][8] As with the Triton pick-up on which it is based, production of the new Pajero Sport for all markets is concentrated in Thailand.[9]

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

(Sources: Facts & Figures 2000, Facts & Figures 2005, Facts & Figures 2008, Mitsubishi Motors website)


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  1. Tromans, Phill (2010-07-18). "2010 Mitsubishi Nativa". AutoMiddleEast. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  2. Facts & Figures 2001, p.23, Mitsubishi Motors website
  3. "Locally Produced Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Launches in China", Mitsubishi Motors press release, March 14, 2003
  4. "Mitsubishi launches locally-made Pajero Sport", Just Auto, April 18, 2006
  5. "Mitsubishi Motors Announces "Project America" – First product Is Next Generation SUV", Mitsubishi Motors press release, February 14, 2000
  6. 6.0 6.1 "New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUV to be unveiled at 2008 Moscow Motor Show", Mitsubishi Motors press release, July 17, 2008
  7. "New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport based on Triton platform",, July 17, 2008
  8. Mitsubishi Motors Russia
  9. "Mitsubishi Pajero Sport the “Stylish Riding –On-Demand SUV”", Mitsubishi Motors press release,, August 27, 2008
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