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I put this page up so that you can compare the 150 series LandCruiser Prado to the Mitsubishi Challenger otherwise known as the Pajero Sport else where in the world.

The Challenger is not related to the regular Pajero despite the name used in some countries. The Challenger or Pajero Sport is based on the Mitsubishi Triton/Trojan/L200 utility truck. It's like the original Toyota 4Runner in terms of design concept. It is not a sporty car no matter how you analyse it.

It's engines and frame and other cosmetic interior and front suspension are shared with the Triton but the rear end suspension have been replaced by more passenger friendly technology according to the press material. It seats also up to 7...

For 2011 The base Challenger's price was reduced by about $3000 which means its a very well priced especially when you consider that it is a real 4WD and can seat 7.


Mitsubishi Challenger - Pajero Sport
VS
150 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

This car is not a direct competitor to the Prado since it is smaller. I've put up the page for interest only purposes. After all it is a traditional 4WD and clearly more off-road orientated than the regular small SUVs you can buy and vaguely similar in concept to the Prado.

The interior is a spec'ed up version of the Triton which is OK for a commercial pickup but needs more plush materials for a passenger car. The 'plastic wood' is just unnecessary. Mind you the bonus of having a commercial truck based interior means you can customize it more easily your self as demonstrated by what they've done to the essentially standard Triton trim.

The engines available for the Challenger Sport are the same as those for the Triton utility but seemingly modified. So they are decent enough in this respect. We have driven the Triton so expect a similar experience namely small truck like its not the 'smooth' and a world away from the Prado diesel or petrol.

One thing interesting about the Challenger is that I think it looks much better in real life than it does in pictures. Overall I think its a great smaller 4WD alternative to the larger 4WD.

If you're thinking of the Challenger consider the Suzuki Grand Vitara as well. The Grand Vitara may be smaller again but more refined for suburban use yet capable off-road.
 


Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...
AUGUST 2010

150 Series Toyota Prado
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD

Mitsubishi Challenger
2011 FROM APPROX $41,490 AUD

 

 

Although we've already driven the Triton haven't tried the latest Challenger yet however we expect the same sort of experience.

150 series Landcruiser Prado Mitsubishi Challenger / Pajero Sport

Engines  
1GR-FE (modified)
V6 Petrol
Quad Cam with Dual VVTi EFI
4 Litre (3956cc)
Claimed 203Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 380Nm @ 4400RPM

1KD-FTV (modified)
IL4 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2982cc)
Claimed 128Kw @ 3400RPM
Claimed 410Nm @ 1600-2800RPM
6G74 Variant???
V6 Petrol
SOHC 24 Valve EFI
3.5 Litre (3497cc)
Claimed 135Kw @ 4750RPM
Claimed 309Nm @ 3500RPM

4D56 Variant
IL4 Diesel Twin Cam 16 valve
Turbo charged with intercooler
Common rail direct injection
2.5 Litre (2477cc)
Claimed 131Kw @ 4000RPM
400Nm @ 2000RPM (Manual)
350Nm @ 2000RPM (Auto)
 

Weight  
Kerb weight 2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
Kerb weight 2055Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500Kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 150 litres
IL6 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
70 litres
V6 Petrol 00(M) 00(A) litres per 100km
IL4 Diesel 8.3 litres per 100km (Manual)
IL4 Diesel 9.8 litres per 100km (Auto)
Other specifications  
5 Spd Auto or 6 spd manual transmission
Overall height/Overall width 1905/1875
Overall length/Wheelbase 4850/2790
Track (front/rear) 1575/1575
4WD system: AWD and selectable modes
ANCAP 4/5
5 spd Auto or 5 spd manual
Overall height/Overall width 1800/1815
Overall length/Wheelbase 4695/2800
Track (front/rear) 1520/1515
4WD system: 2WD and Selectable modes
ANCAP ?/5
Capability  
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 32
Departure 24-25
Breakover 22
Drive system AWD
Min ground clearance 220mm
Water Fording depth 700mm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 36
Departure 25
Min ground clearance 215mm
Performance  
Performance figures  
Pricing  
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
 
2011 $41,490 - 58,990 AUD
2010 $44,490 - 58,990 AUD

*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!


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