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by Matt Campbell

The 2016 Mitsubishi Challenger SUV has been caught on the road undergoing testing ahead of its potential debut later this year.

The new-generation Challenger remains based upon the Triton ute, and like the new version of that pick-up, the SUV spin-off appears to have grown in length while also taking on a different design.

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Indeed, through the camouflage the front end looks more like the facelifted Outlander than the awkwardly styled Triton, with a Lexus-like spindle-style grille noticeable in the image above.

Moving to the side and the rear glass section looks set to be made slightly more sharply styled than the squared-off glass seen in the current model. It’s clear, too, the tail-lights will move from spanning across the tailgate to sitting vertically alongside it.

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It also seems that the new model will boast bulky wheel arch protection and plenty of clearance, while the boot looks to have seen the addition of a larger tailgate that will assist in making loading bulky items easier, as the load lip is lower, and the aperture wider.

Expect a new 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine under the bonnet, producing the same 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm of torque at 2500rpm as the new Triton. There’s a six-speed manual or five-speed auto in the Triton, as well as rear- and four-wheel-drive configurations – expect that to be the case with Challenger, too.

It’s unclear when the new model will be unveiled, though it could show up at the 2015 Tokyo motor show in November, or perhaps a little earlier at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show in September.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia was unable to provide any guidance as to when to expect the new model on sale in Australia, but we’d expect it should show up late this year or early in 2016.

In addition to these images, the 2016 Challenger has been spotted undergoing testing in Australia, with Mitsubishi preparing the new model for the fight against the Holden Colorado 7, Isuzu MU-X, and entry variants of the Toyota Prado and forthcoming Ford Everest.

Click the Photos tab above for more images of the spied 2016 Mitsubishi Challenger.




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