2000 August: A new Challenger is released, with coil springs replacing the leaf springs at the rear.
is a 5-seater, four-wheel-drive
to sneak in under the Mitsubishi Pajero in size and price.
The medium-size family four-wheel-drive market has grown
seriously competitive with the
in particular hurting sales of the Pajero.
Mitsubishi upgraded the Pajero,
Challenger comes with a 3.0L V6 as recently vacated by the Pajero; the engine is LPG compatible which will be of interest to some Australian motorists. It has a lower more car-like stance in the Ford Explorer - Subaru Forester style. Leg room in the front and also in the rear seats is good but the seating is noticeably lower than most four wheel drives, more car like again. This car does have a full, separate chassis in traditional 4WD style. To claim its serious offroad credentials, a Challenger came fourth in the 1998 Paris Dakar Rally - behind three Pajeros.
A part-time four wheel drive system is used and 4WD can be selected at up to 100kph. Front suspension is by double wishbones with lower torsion bar springs. The rear end has a live axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs (c.f. the Pajero's rear coils). The 265R70R15 tyres put quite a bit of rubber on the road and have an overall diameter of 30"
The first Australian showing of Challenger came at the Melbourne Motor Show
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