The Mitsubishi Challenger range has been given a major overhaul, with the number of available grades slashed from nine to three as part of the MY2014 update.
The deletion of the 2WD models sees the Mitsubishi Challenger’s entry price rise $5500 to $42,490. As before, the automatic option adds $2500 to the price, while the Challenger LS continues to scrape in at just below $50K.
New Challenger models feature a revised grille, bumpers and tail-lights to distinguish them from the previous model year car.
Inside, the Challenger gains a 6.1-inch touchscreen with full Bluetooth connectivity, while the Challenger LS gets two extra speakers (for six in total) and is available with the optional Mitsubishi Multi Communication System that introduces a larger seven-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation.
On top of the features already mentioned, the extra $5K for the LS also adds auto headlights and wipers, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, fog lights, privacy glass and a cargo blind for the rear luggage space.
As before, the Mitsubishi Challenger is equipped with a 131kW 2.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 350Nm teamed with the automatic transmission and 400Nm paired with the manual. The manual consumes fuel at a rate of 8.3 litres per 100km, while the auto is less frugal at 9.8L/100km.
The Triton-based Challenger is a modest seller for Mitsubishi Australia, with its 947 deliveries in the first half of 2013 representing a sales decline of more than 25 per cent compared with the previous year.
The MY2014 Challenger update comes at the same time as Mitsubishi adds a new 2.2-litre diesel engine to its line-up.
MY2014 Mitsubishi Challenger manufacturer’s list prices: