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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (Challenger) official detailsEnlarge Photo
The Pajero Sport’s primary markets will be Russia, South-East Asia, the Middle East and South America. In Australia and Latin America the vehicle will be called the Challenger, while in South America it will carry a Montero Sport badge. Surprisingly, Mitsubishi has decided not to sell its new SUV in Central & Western Europe or in North America.
The new model moves one size up over its predecessor with an overall length of 4,695mm (compared with 4,620mm for the old model); overall width of 1,815mm (1,775mm); overall height of 1,800mm (1,730mm); and wheelbase of 2,800mm (2,725mm).
Under the sheet metal sits a ladder frame chassis built on Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4WD system. The Pajero Sport is also available with an optional rear differential lock. The suspension set-up features a double-wishbone coil spring configuration at the front and a 3-link coil spring arrangement at the rear.
Mitsubishi has only confirmed that a 162hp (120kW) 3.2L turbodiesel engine with 343Nm of torque will be available at launch, however a smaller 2.5L turbodiesel and 3.5L petrol V6 are expected to join the ranks soon after the initial launch. Drive is sent to all four wheels via a 4-speed Sport Mode automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Sales are expected to start soon after the SUV’s debut next week.