Mitsubishi Motors has shown the new Challenger in production form for the first time at the 2015 Bangkok motor show. Based on the incoming Triton ute, it's powered by a new 2.4 litre MIVEC turbo diesel mated to a new eight-speed automatic. In New Zealand, it'll be known as the Pajero Sport. Marketing manager Daniel Cook told 4wdNewz: "It is based off Triton, but obviously quite different with features like an eight-speed Auto. Having driven the vehicle I believe is a much more fitting name as it is incredibly refined.
The wagon uses an evolved version of MMC’s Super Select II 4WD system, complemented by a new off-road mode terrain selection system, a first on a Mitsubishi. Another first for Mitsi is Hill Descent Control. Wading depth is better than the last Challenger, but the company hasn't said by how much.
New active safety features include Blind Sport Warning (BSW) and an Ultrasonic mis-acceleration Mitigation System (UMS) which, while stationary or at speeds of up to 10km/h, uses ultrasonic sensors to detect vehicle obstructions and intervenes if the driver depresses the accelerator hard by mistake. There's also a Multi-around Monitor which displays a bird's-eye image of the vehicle’s perimeter. Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) braking also features. Handling, stability, ride and quietness have been improved, the company says. Better sound insulation and the new engine provide what's said to be a "significant" reduction in interior noise.