Mitsubishi Challenger

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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
2017 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (QE) GLS wagon (2018-08-06) 01.jpg
2017 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLS (Australia)
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Also called
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
  • Mitsubishi Montero Sport
  • Mitsubishi Shogun Sport
Production 1996–present
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Related Mitsubishi Triton

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is a mid-size SUV produced by the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors since 1996 that has spanned over three generations. Since 2015, for the third generation model, Mitsubishi has formerly used the Challenger name on some markets, but since then the Pajero Sport/Montero Sport/Shogun Sport was the name used instead.

First generation (PA series; 1996–2008)

First generation (PA)
1998-2000 Mitsubishi Challenger (PA) wagon 02.jpg
Also called
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
  • Mitsubishi Montero Sport
  • Mitsubishi Shogun Sport
  • Mitsubishi Strada G-Wagon (Thailand)
  • Mitsubishi Nativa
  • Beijing BJ2025
Production 1996–2008
Power output
  • 120 kW (161 hp; 163 PS) (4G69)
  • 130 kW (174 hp; 177 PS) (6G72)
  • 139 kW (186 hp; 189 PS) (6G74)
  • 103 kW (138 hp; 140 PS) (4M40)
  • 121 kW (162 hp; 165 PS) (4M41)
Wheelbase 2,725 mm (107.3 in)
Length 4,620 mm (181.9 in)
Width 1,775 mm (69.9 in)
Height 1,735 mm (68.3 in)
Curb weight 1,845–1,920 kg (4,068–4,233 lb)
Successor Mitsubishi Endeavor (North America)

Production began in Japan in 1996, and was available for most export markets by 1997, where it was variously known as the Challenger, Pajero Sport in Europe, Montero Sport in North America, South America and the Philippines, Nativa in parts of Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East, Shogun Sport in the United Kingdom,[1] and Strada G-Wagon in Thailand. Based on the Mitsubishi Strada pickup truck of the same vintage, sharing many components and some body panels (i.e. front doors), the first generation Pajero Sport (Challenger) was also built on the second generation Pajero wheelbase, and served as a junior model to the larger Pajero.

Like the Pajero, it featured independent front suspension with torsion bars and a live rear axle. In addition to numerous face lifts over the years, there was a major suspension change from rear leaf to coil springs in late 2000. As its popularity increased, local assembly for foreign markets was introduced in China in 2003,[2] and Brazil in 2006.[3] Sales were discontinued in Japan in 2003, in North America in 2004 (excluding Canada) where it was sold alongside the Endeavor, where it was superseded by the Endeavor,[4] and central and western Europe in 2008.[5] In Japan, it was sold at a specific retail chain called Car Plaza.

The 3-liter V6 is the most commonly used engine; it produces 175 hp (130 kW; 177 PS) at 5,000 rpm.[6] The North American market received petrol V6 engines during all years of production while a petrol 2.4 liter engine was offered on base models from 1997 through 1999. Markets outside of North America also had a variety of turbodiesel inline-fours (excluding Canada, where inline-fours were also available) to choose between.


Second generation (PB/PC series; 2008–2016)

Second generation (PB/PC)
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Spotted At Kota Kinabalu.jpg
Also called
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (Bangladesh, India, Russia, China, ASEAN)
  • Mitsubishi Montero Sport (North America, Philippines and Latin America)
  • Mitsubishi Nativa (Latin America and Middle East)
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Dakar (Latin America)
Production 2008–2016
  • 2.4 L 4G69 I4 (petrol)
  • 3.0 L 6B31 V6 (petrol)
  • 3.5 L 6G74 V6 (petrol)
  • 2.5 L 4D56 I4-T (diesel)
  • 3.2 L 4M41 I4-T (diesel)
Power output
  • 120 kW (161 hp; 163 PS) (4G69)
  • 162 kW (217 hp; 220 PS) (6B31)
  • 139 kW (186 hp; 189 PS) (6G74)
  • 100–131 kW (134–176 hp; 136–178 PS) (4D56)
  • 121 kW (162 hp; 165 PS) (4M41)
  • 5-speed manual
  • 5-speed semi-automatic
  • 4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,800 mm (110.2 in)
Length 4,695 mm (184.8 in)
Width 1,815 mm (71.5 in)
Height 1,840 mm (72.4 in)
Mitsubishi Challenger (Australia)

The second generation of the vehicle, based on the ladder frame chassis of the Mitsubishi Triton, was gradually introduced to selected markets (Russia, South-East Asia and the Middle East) through the autumn of 2008, following its debut at the Moscow International Automobile Salon. The design is partially influenced from the 4.7-litre V8 powered 2001 Pajero Evolution concept car. 2.5 or 3.2 litre diesel and 3.0 or 3.5 litre V6 petrol engines are available as before, while five- or seven-seat interior configurations are offered.[5][9] As with the Triton pick-up on which it is based, production of the new Pajero Sport for all markets is concentrated in Thailand.[10]

In the Philippines and in Mexico, the Mitsubishi Challenger is officially named as Mitsubishi Montero Sport. The Mitsubishi Challenger mainly competes with the Toyota Fortuner and Chevrolet Trailblazer in the Philippines and several other markets.

In India, Mitsubishi Challenger is sold under the name Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. It is equipped with 2.5-litre 16 Valve intercooled turbocharged DOHC diesel engine giving a maximum output of 175 bhp and 400Nm of torque. It weighs 2065 kg and gives out a mileage of 12kmpl. It sold with a price tag of INR 23.12 lakhs.[11]

In Bangladesh, Mitsubishi Challenger is assembled by state-owned automotive industry Pragoti and sold under the name Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.[12]

Sudden unintended acceleration issue

In 2011, Montero Sport owners in the Philippines reported that their vehicles suffered from sudden unintended acceleration.[13] Mitsubishi Motors Philippines later responded with a statement saying that they conducted tests on the Montero Sport's electrical systems and found no problems; furthermore, they stated that the accidents related to the issue were more likely caused by human error.[14][15] Owners of Montero Sports affected by the sudden unintended acceleration issue plan to file a class action lawsuit against Mitsubishi Motors Philippines.[16] The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) opened an investigation panel to probe the accidents and complaints from 2010 to 2015, and will recommend either a product recall or a total sales ban on the Montero Sport in the country.[17]

Third generation (QE series; 2015–present)

Third generation (QE)
2017 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Malang (cropped).jpg
2017 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Dakar (Indonesia)
Also called
  • Mitsubishi Montero Sport
  • Mitsubishi Shogun Sport
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
Production August 2015 – present
  • 3.0 L 6B31 V6 (petrol)
  • 2.4 L 4N15 MIVEC I4-T (diesel)
  • 2.5 L 4D56 I4-T (diesel)
Power output
  • 162 kW (217 hp; 220 PS) (6B31)
  • 133 kW (178 hp; 181 PS) (4N15)
  • 100 kW (134 hp; 136 PS) (4D56)
  • 5-speed manual[18]
  • 6-speed manual
  • 5-speed automatic[18]
  • 8-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,800 mm (110.2 in)
Length 4,785 mm (188.4 in)
Width 1,815 mm (71.5 in)
Height 1,805 mm (71.1 in)
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLS (Australia)

On August 1, 2015, Mitsubishi Motors unveiled the third generation of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport in Thailand and would be released as the 2016 model and would be powered by the new 4N15 2.4L MIVEC engine. Since the third generation was unveiled, it has no longer used the Challenger name, and used Pajero Sport/Montero Sport name instead.[19]

For the Indonesian market, the all-new third generation Pajero Sport was launched on January 29, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and was initially built in and imported from Thailand. The third generation Pajero Sport is currently built and assembled at the new Mitsubishi Cikarang plant in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia, since April 2017.

The Pajero Sport/Montero Sport has 3 engine options. The old 4D56 DI-D Common Rail produce 136 PS and 314 NM (GLX Variant in Indonesia) and 4N15 MIVEC with Variable Geometry Turbo producing 181 PS and 430 NM (Dakar Variant in Indonesia and All Variants in Thailand and Philippines.) and the 3.0L 6B31 MIVEC V6 Petrol Engine.

In the Philippines, it is known and marketed as the Montero Sport. As a mass market vehicle, it has added a lot of features compared to its predecessor. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport is available in five variants: GLX 4x2 (6-speed Manual), GLS 4x2 (8-speed Automatic), GLS Premium 4x2 (8-speed Automatic), GLS 4x4 (6-speed Manual), GT 4x4 (8-speed Automatic). All Variants are powered by a 2.4 MIVEC VGT Clean Diesel Engine.

In Bangladesh, it is marketed as Pajero Sport and assembled by Pragoti Industries Limited in Chittagong.[20] It also manufactured second generation Pajero Sport.[21]

In the Middle East, it is available with a 6B31 3.0 V6 Petrol Version.

Shogun Sport will be released in the United Kingdom as currently the first and only European market.

Another feature of it is the Aisin 8 Speed Automatic which will improve fuel efficiency while not sacrificing in-gear acceleration and also available with 6 Speed Manual. Other features include a Sunroof, Dual Zone Auto Airconditioning System, Electric Seats, Leather Contoured Seats with Multi-Layer Cushioning, All Around Monitor, All Around Sensors, 7 Seating Capacity, G-Sensors, Multi-Info Display, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a Touchscreen system with Navigation, 6" Two-Piston Front Ventilated Disc Brakes and 6” Solid Disc Brakes.

It is also has a lighter body compared to the predecessor because of the usage of CF Plastics which are tough and lightweight and with the help of the 4N15 Lightweight Alloy Block, the whole body has a low center of gravity.

It is also being exported to LHD markets like Philippines, Middle East, and probably CIS markets.

Annual production

Year Production
Japan Brazil Thailand
1996 35,561 - -
1997 51,594 - -
1998 71,562 - -
1999 95,914 - -
2000 92,475 - -
2001 78,337 - -
2002 69,001 - -
2003 34,258 - -
2004 30,515 - -
2005 23,773 600 -
2006 17,455 5,370 -
2007 19,349 6,120 11
2008 9,210 4,470 15,065
2009 2,364 4,560 37,179
2010 2,154 1,380 55,289
2011 42 - 67,966
2012 - - 82,712

(Sources: Facts & Figures 2000, Facts & Figures 2005, Facts & Figures 2008, Facts & Figures 2010, Facts & Figures 2013, Mitsubishi Motors website)


Calendar Year Thailand
2014 6,394[22]
2015 18,975[23]
2016 15,592[24]
2017 14,454[25]


  1. ^ Facts & Figures 2001 Archived 2012-06-14 at the Wayback Machine., p.23, Mitsubishi Motors website
  2. ^ "Locally Produced Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Launches in China", Mitsubishi Motors press release, March 14, 2003
  3. ^ "Mitsubishi launches locally-made Pajero Sport", Just Auto, April 18, 2006
  4. ^ "Mitsubishi Motors Announces "Project America" – First product Is Next Generation SUV", Mitsubishi Motors press release, February 14, 2000
  5. ^ a b "New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUV to be unveiled at 2008 Moscow Motor Show", Mitsubishi Motors press release, July 17, 2008
  6. ^ "Nativa GLS - Specification". Bahrain: Mitsubishi Motors. 2003. Archived from the original on 2008-02-14.
  7. ^ "Mitsubishi Montero Sport de nuevo en Venezuela". Automotriz. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Pajero Sport Offroadster Now Assembled in Russia". 2 July 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Mitsubishi Motors Russia". Archived from the original on August 19, 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  10. ^ "Mitsubishi Pajero Sport the “Stylish Riding –On-Demand SUV”", Mitsubishi Motors press release,, August 27, 2008
  11. ^ SouLSteer, Mistubishi Pajero Sport: King of all the roads, April 21, 2013
  12. ^ "Pragoti Industries Ltd". Archived from the original on 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  13. ^ Sarne, Vernon (2014-01-17). "Blog on Montero Sport Sudden Unintended Acceleration Is Back". Top Gear Philippines. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  14. ^ "Official Statement of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines on Claims of Sudden Unintended Acceleration". Mitsubishi Motors Philippines. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  15. ^ Neri, Jerome G. (2015-04-19). "Sudden acceleration: is it for real?". Sun.Star. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  16. ^ "Watch: Sudden Unintended Acceleration of Montero Sport". ABS-CBN. 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  17. ^ "Philippines to Probe Sudden Acceleration on Mitsubishi Vehicles". Bloomberg L.P./The Japan Times. 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  18. ^ a b Pajero Sport Transmission
  19. ^ "All-New 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Officially Revealed [w/Video]". CarScoops. 2015-08-01. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  20. ^ "প্রগতি সংযোজন করবে পাজেরো স্পোর্টস গাড়ি". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  21. ^ "Pragoti Industries Ltd". Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  22. ^ "Thailand cars sales report 2014". Thailand. Retrieved 24 Oct 2018.
  23. ^ "Thailand cars sales report 2015". Thailand. Retrieved 24 Oct 2018.
  24. ^ "Thailand cars sales report 2016". Thailand. Retrieved 24 Oct 2018.
  25. ^ "Thailand cars sales report 2017". Thailand. Retrieved 24 Oct 2018.

External links

  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport website (Indonesia)
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