Streamlining of the new Mitsubishi Challenger has seen the demise of the two-wheel-drive option in favour of a three-model range of four-wheel-drive SUV’s that include two entry models and an impressive top-spec LS option. A minor facelift sees the Challenger with a new grille and headlights, along with a stylish new bumper and updated taillights. The interior receives an equal amount of attention.
While standard features in the entry models of the new Mitsubishi Challenger series include a reversing camera, Bluetooth and auxiliary inputs, a four speaker audio system with steering wheel controls and a 6.1-inch touch screen and voice control, the LS offers more. It replaces the standard touch screen with a larger, 7-inch screen, a 3D navigational system, power-adjusted front leather seats and tinted glass among other extras. Standard climate control benefits all passengers by the addition of rear air-con ducts. A few other comfort and driver assist features compliment great engine performance.
Five-speed manual or automatic gearboxes ably assist a 2.5-litre direct-injection turbo-diesel engine in providing a slick 131kW of power and 400Nm of torque in the manual and 350Nm with the automatic option. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and a cruise control system add luxury and convenience to a really great ride that is sure to prove hugely popular among Australian four-wheel-drive enthusiasts. Even when parked in the driveway, the Mitsubishi Challenger puts on an enviable performance in design style and all-round good looks.