Challenger

1996

Challenger

The Challenger all-round sporty RV was introduced in July 1996. In North America, the car was launched with the Montero Sport nameplate. While sharing the second-generation the Pajero's chassis, the Challenger was developed using an urban taste style lower body and was one of the few SUVs in its day not to have the spare tire mounted on the tailgate. The Challenger took full advantage of the company's rally-bred and proven 4WD technology as well as its recreation vehicle knowhow with outdoor functionality nurtured over many years. It was offered with three engines initially: 2.5L and 3.0 L V6 and a 2.8L intercooled dieselturbo engine. Like the Pajero, it used double-wishbone front suspension with a 3-link arrangement at the rear. Its equipment specification included: Super-Select 4WD (Easy Select 4WD on some models) driveline that delivered nimble but tough all-terrain performance.
The multi-pattern seating offered a long flat mode while an overhead console and twin cargo boxes provided new space utility. In August 1997, the 3.0L V6 was replaced by the 3.5L V6 GDI mated to the INVECS-II Sport Mode 5-speed automatic transmission.

Overall length 4530 mm
Overall width 1775 mm
Overall height 1730 mm
Engines 3.0 L, 2.5 L dieselturbo, 2.8 L dieselturbo