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The Mercury Cars Guide : December 12th 2009
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, December 12, 2009 NO JOKE: Mitsubishi presents the Challenger XLS as a real 4WD vehicle''. ALL STYLE: The Challenger XLS comes with a classy interior. Mitsubishi The Challenger has returned to the market after a three-year absence, but stands apart from most in its mid-sized SUV category as a serious off-roader. Mark Hinchliffe reports MITSUBISHI Challenger project manager Kazu- hiro Notani described the new PB Challenger as an ''all-round SUV'' with good performance in the city and bush, versatile accommodation for families and stylish looks. He said it was developed for the growing SUV markets in Australia, Russia, South America, the Middle East and Asia, where demand for large SUVs had decreased but small and medium SUVs were growing. ''Growth is higher in the serious off- roaders rather than in soft cross- overs,'' he said. ''In Australia you need a serious SUV but it needs to be stylish, too.'' Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd CEO and president Robert McEniry said the Challenger fitted between their Outlander and Pajero, but was not a soft crossover. ''It's not a pretend off-road vehicle like a lot of its competitors,'' he said. ''It has style and is an urban living vehicle but also a real 4WD vehicle.'' Challenger product manager James Toll said the main rivals were the Ford Territory, Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder. ''It's not too big and not too small,'' he said. ''We see this car as breaking down the stereotypes of SUVs.'' The Challenger hits the market at a starting list price of $44,490 for the LS five-speed manual. Add $2000 for the five-speed auto and a further $2400 for the auto with seven seats. The XLS range --- available only in automatic --- adds leather upholstery, satellite navigation, reverse camera and parking sensors, mud flaps, privacy glass, headlight washers, Bluetooth, upgraded sound system with video input, some exterior and interior bling and five-year premium roadside assistance. The five-seater XLS costs $56,990 and the third row of seats adds $1600. While the previous model from 1998-2006 was powered by a three-litre V6 petrol engine, this one only comes with the 2.5-litre common-rail turbo diesel powerplant from the Triton. It delivers 131kW of power and 400Nm of torque 2000rpm in the base model manual, but 350Nm of torque at 1800rpm in the four automatic models. Although it is built on a new platform, other similarities with the Triton are that it is also built in Thailand, and has the same front suspension, front chassis, trans- mission, rear axle and Super Select 4WD system. Challenger has a lift-up tailgate rather than a swing door, which Tol said made it better for towing. It also features a 2500kg braked towing capacity compared with the Triton's 3000kg, but Tol said that could be increased to 3000kg under warranty after further testing. Off-road capabilities are enhanced by its ladder-frame chassis, Mitsubi- shi's Super Select 4WD system with a central diff and a push-button lock- able rear diff with a 1.9 ratio low range, high-clearance, massive wheel wells and good approach, departure and ramp breakover angles. High- range 4WD can be selected from 2WD at speeds up to 100km/h. The exterior is stylish with a high waistline, narrow windows but good visibility, high-set headlights and taillights and flared guards. It sits high on its wheels, but this is well disguised by the high silhouette. It comes in eight colours. Inside is equally stylish with a healthy range of features in the LS and a bounty of creature features in the XLS. Seats are comfortable, head and shoulder room is good, and legroom is www.thecarmart.com.au 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) Easy on-site finance available 15076Jono 00 Kia Mentor SLX sedan 1.5lt, p/s, a/c, 159,000kms, econmical, small auto. $4995 00 Mitsubishi Lancer CE2 sedan 1.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, tint, 08/10 rego. $7995 96 Ford Festiva WB GLi 1.3lt manual, p/s, a/c, only 121,000kms, 5 door hatch. $3495 96 Hyundai Excel X3 LX hatch 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, reliable 1st car, value. $2995 99 Mazda 323 BJ Shades 1.8lt, manual, p/s, a/c, 136,000kms, c/lock, alloys. $8995 01 Ford Laser KQ LXi 1.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, 147,000kms, lovely condition, hurry in. $8995 00 Nissan Pulsar N15 LX 1.6lt manual, p/s, a/c, c/lock, great value. $6995 96 Hyundai Excel X3 sedan 1.5lt auto, p/s, a/c, moderate kms, ideal first car. $3995 99 Holden Astra TS City 1.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, 5 door hatch, above average. $7995 04 Hyundai Accent GL hatch 1.6lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, 88,000kms, central lock, 5 door. $8995 00 Mitsubishi Lancer GLXi wagon 1.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, elecs, only 115,000kms. SAVE $1000 $8995 04 Toyota Hilux ute 2.7lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, 168,000kms, canopy, long rego. $11,995 $8995 $10,995 99 Nissan Maxima sedan 3.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, sunroof, 127,000kms, nice. 04 Toyota Camry Altise 2.4lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, dual airbags, cruise, c/lock, CD, only 106,000km, priced to sell. Specialising in cars... Under$10,000 www.thecarmart.com.au
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