The 2016 Mitsubishi Challenger is nearing its global debut, scheduled to occur on August 1 at the Bangkok International Grand Motor Sale.
The new third-generation SUV, expected to be based again on the Mitsubishi Triton ute, has been spied testing in recent months, and leaked patent application images have all but revealed the seven-seater’s final look.
Today marks the beginning of Mitsubishi’s teaser campaign, however, with this shadowy new preview image offering a first official look at the new Challenger.
Above: the Challenger in its current second-generation form.
Mitsubishi is revealing little else at this stage, although today’s image confirms again that we can expect the brand’s new styling language - which has so far appeared only on the facelifted Outlander - will feature up front.
That will mark a significant departure from previous models, which have worn styling closely aligned with their Triton siblings.
CarAdvice’s spy photos, along with those recent patent images, also reveal that we can expect the new Challenger to take on a bolder look through the profile and at the rear, with an upswept belt line, flared box guards and tall tail lamps that extend to the base of the rear hatch.
Above: the new Challenger as revealed in recent patent application images.
Sources within Mitsubishi Australia have also suggested to CarAdvice that this new Challenger will focus more on comfort than its predecessor, while retaining the off-roading capability that buyers will be expecting.
Power in the new model is expected to be delivered by the same 2.4 litre diesel offered with the Triton, producing 133kW and 430Nm of torque.
Above: the new Challenger spied testing.
Speaking of the Fortuner, stay tuned to CarAdvice for the new Australia-bound Toyota's unveiling on July 16.
As for the new Challenger, watch for its global unveiling to kick off in Thailand on August 1.