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Mitsubishi Challenger Australia

The Mitsubishi Challenger was a large off-road SUV that shares many of its underpinnings with the Triton ute.

Sold from 1996, the Challenger lasted two generations in Australia before being replaced by the similar Pajero Sport in 2015. Interestingly, the Challenger had always carried the ‘Pajero Sport’ name in Europe.

Currently Challengers range from $23,888 for the Challenger (4X4) to $31,987 for the Challenger (4X4).

The Challenger could be had with petrol or diesel drivetrains, and always featured off-road features like four-wheel drive and low-range.

The Challenger competed with the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota 4Runner.

This vehicle is also known as Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Mitsubishi Pajero Dakar, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Mitsubishi Shogun Sport, Mitsubishi Strada G-Wagon (Thailand), Mitsubishi Nativa, Beijing BJ2025.

Mitsubishi Challenger Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mitsubishi Challenger here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • How do I know if my Mitsubishi Challenger has a fuel blockage?

    A fuel blockage is definitely one possibility. When was the last time the fuel filter was changed? But in the case of the earlier, petrol-powered Challenger, don’t disregard other things such as an ignition problem which could involve spark plugs, ignition leads or some component of the distributor or coil(s). Has the vehicle sat idle for any length of time? Modern fuel goes `off’ pretty quickly and poor or rough running is a classic symptom of that phenomenon.

    If your car is the later diesel version, the same comments regarding the fuel filter apply, but the situation is magnified as the fuel systems on these modern, common-rail turbo-diesels are quite complex and run at enormous injection pressures. Sorting out a rough running problem in one of these Later Challengers is best done by first electronically scanning the vehicle to see if its on-board computer throws up any fault codes. Those messages can then be decoded and you’ll have a much better idea of what’s wrong. Frankly, the problem could be anything form a high-pressure pump failing to a throttle-position sensor sending false information back to the computer.

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  • What is causing my 2009 Mitsubishi Challenger to cut out?

    If the engine runs when you apply some throttle but won’t idle, I’d be drawn to the idle stepper-motor which is a small electronic actuator that is designed to keep the engine at a stable, steady idle when no throttle is applied. It’s a pretty simple fix, but I’d also check things such as fuel delivery pressure and ensure that the ignition system is in good condition, also. Don’t forget air and fuel filters, either, they’re simple things but critical to how an engine behaves. Low battery voltage can also make an engine like the Challenger’s play up at idle, too. Also, have the throttle-position sensor checked. If this fails, it can leave the computer guessing about what the accelerator pedal is trying to tell it.

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  • Is my A/C cycling too frequently

    It does sound as if the compressor is cycling too frequently. Take it too an air-conditioning mechanic and have the system checked. The fluid might need topping up.

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  • Mitsubishi Challenger 2011: What do we need to do to get a blue slip?

    It doesn’t sound correct, but I would talk to the Roads and Marine Services people in NSW. They are the ones who would have made those regulations, if indeed they do exist.

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Mitsubishi Challenger Towing Capacity

The Mitsubishi Challenger has maximum towing capacity of 3000kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2015 SUV 2500kg 3000kg
2014 SUV 2500kg 3000kg
2013 SUV 2500kg 3000kg
2012 SUV 2500kg 3000kg
2011 SUV 2500kg 3000kg
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Mitsubishi Challenger Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mitsubishi Challenger SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2015 SUV 1840x1815x4695 mm 220 mm
2014 SUV 1840x1815x4695 mm 220 mm
2013 SUV 1840x1815x4695 mm 220 mm
2012 SUV 1790x1815x4695 mm 205 mm
2011 SUV 1840x1815x4695 mm 220 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mitsubishi Challenger Dimensions

Mitsubishi Challenger Fuel Consumption

The Mitsubishi Challenger is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 8.3L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2015 SUV 8.3L/100km 2.5L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2014 SUV 8.3L/100km 2.5L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2013 SUV 8.3L/100km 2.5L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2012 SUV 8.2L/100km 2.5L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2011 SUV 8.3L/100km 2.5L Diesel 5 SP MAN
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Mitsubishi Challenger Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Mitsubishi Challenger varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $15,300 and going to $25,300 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2015 SUV 2.5L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $15,300 $25,300
2014 SUV 2.5L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $13,500 $22,880
2013 SUV 2.5L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $10,500 $25,630
2012 SUV 2.5L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $8,200 $21,450
2011 SUV 2.5L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $7,200 $19,030
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Mitsubishi Challenger Wheel Size

The Mitsubishi Challenger has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 265x70 R16 for SUV in 2015 with a wheel size that spans from 16x7 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2015 SUV 265x70 R16 16x7 inches 265x70 R16 16x7 inches
2014 SUV 265x70 R16 16x7 inches 265x70 R16 16x7 inches
2013 SUV 265x65 R17 17x7.5 inches 265x65 R17 17x7.5 inches
2012 SUV 245x70 R16 16x7 inches 245x70 R16 16x7 inches
2011 SUV 265x65 R17 17x7.5 inches 265x65 R17 17x7.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mitsubishi Challenger Wheel Sizes