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2009 Mitsubishi Challenger Prepares For Debut


20th July, 2008

2009 Mitsubishi Challenger

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will unveil its new Challenger (Pajero Sport or Montero Sport in some markets) SUV model at the Moscow Auto Salon 2008 (Moscow Motor Show) to be held at the Crocus Expo in Moscow between 29th August and 7th September, 2008. The release of the new Challenger will be phased in, over a period of time, to selected regions such as Russia, the ASEAN area, the Middle East, Latin America and Oceania starting late this year. The new Challenger won't be sold in western Europe or North America.

The new Mitsubishi Challenger features dynamic and sporty exterior lines, complemented by a stylish and vast interior space that engenders a sense of comfort, purpose and safety. This cabin, available in either a 2-row (5-passenger) or 3-row (7-passenger) seating configuration is also very practical with water-repellent seats and a waterproof luggage compartment floor, ideal for leisure use.

Mitsubishi's latest SUV will be powered by a choice of three engines which all deliver outstanding motive performance and fuel economy: 2.5-litre and 3.2-litre common rail direct injection diesel units and a 3.5-litre V6 petrol unit, subject to market.

In terms of architecture, the body of the new Challenger is mounted on a new ladder frame to realise high levels of durability and reliability, consistent with the needs of its target markets.

Mitsubishi's All Wheel Control philosophy, forged through its participation in the Dakar Rally and other contests, informs all of the company's 4WD systems. The new model will use the Super Select 4WD system, also used in the Pajero SUV, which transmits drive torque effectively to all four wheels on all types of surface. The body, frame and driveline not only give the new Mitsubishi Challenger outstanding off-road performance but allow it to deliver excellent drive dynamics over all surfaces.

The choice of the Moscow Motor Show to unveil the new Challenger is a clear indication of Russia's eminent position within Mitsubishi Motors. In fiscal 2007 Mitsubishi Motors sold some 100,000 vehicles on the Russian market, boosted by the ever successful Lancer line-up and a popular range of SUVs.

MMC is confident that the new Challenger SUV will make a strong addition to its SUV range, which also includes the Pajero and Outlander. Coming on the heels of the introduction of the new Lancer sports sedan last year, this will allow MMC to expand SUV sales and hit a total sales volume of 140,000 units on the Russian market in fiscal 2008.

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