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The Mercury Cars Guide : December 12th 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 rises to the Challenger NIFTY: The Mitsubishi Challenger offers no options but a wide range of accessories. plentiful even in the third row which features a 50-50 split. Behind that there is still room for a couple of large old-fashioned suitcases with the spare tyre under the rear. Seven-seater models also get rear air conditioning and under-floor storage compartments. Standard safety features include six airbags, and stability and traction control. Tol said there were no options but a wide range of accessories. McEniry said dealer response to the Challenger had been ''excellent''. ''I'm confident we will have success with this model,'' he said. ''The order lines are open and we have already exceeded our wildest expectations.'' Tol said the LS would represent about 75-85 per cent of sales. He said they could attract cus- tomers from Outlander moving up, Pajero owners downsizing or owners of large cars such as Falcon, Commo- dore and Mitsubishi's former 380 and Magna models. To highlight its ''serious'' off-road potential, the vehicle was launched last week in Queensland with demon- strations at the 290ha Scenic Rim Adventure Park, near Beaudesert. The park features steep terrain, sandy loam soil, rock climbs and dramatic drop-offs. The Challenger met all challenges with ease. Surprisingly the Bridgestone Duel- ler H/T (highway terrain) tyres had plenty of grip even on the steep downhill loam sections, yet also remained quiet on the tar highway transport stages of the launch. While the tyres were quiet and the wind noise low, the diesel powerplant groans loudly and coarsely under load and the automatic transmission accompanied it with vibration noises. The auto box also flared and hunted a bit through its soft change points. It is better to ''manually'' select the ratios in sport mode. The manual transmission was quiet but the shift gate is huge and the clutch throw is heavy and long. Steering is quite sharp on the road but the turning circle is wide. The wheel is adjustable for height only, not reach. Brakes are a bit spongy and lack bite for road conditions. They are more suited to off-road conditions where you don't want a sudden response. The ABS system changes its charac- ter when the vehicle is in high-range four-wheel drive and again when low range is selected. Similarly, the stability control changes character, while traction control remains permanently on. The driver can manually switch off the stability control for mud and sand conditions. On the tar it pitches and rolls as you would expect of a two-tonne SUV with a high stance. However, ride is excellent. It is smooth over the roughest of terrain, soaking up the big bumps yet the springs rarely let it hit the bump stops. It certainly fits Mitsubishi's de- scription of a comfortable all-rounder with a serious side. Earlier launch date THE launch of the Mitsubishi PB Challenger was brought forward from February to this month to take advantage of the Federal Government s investment allowance offer, which finishes at the end of the year. A limited number of PB Challengers is in dealerships now, and orders are being taken, with further shipments arriving next month to ensure no delivery delays. However, Mitsubishi brand management vice- president Paul Unerkov said customers did not need to take delivery of their vehicle for another year to be eligible for the tax break, but simply had to order by the end of this month. Most likely they will want to take delivery before the end of June to get the tax advantage in this financial year, he said. Challenger product manager James Toll said about 14,000 of the previous Challenger model had been sold between 1998 and 2006. A lot of people still have them and they speak pretty highly of them, he said. small torque Mitsubishi PB Challenger Prices: $44,490-$$58,590 Body: 5-seater wagon (7-seat option in auto) Engine: 2477cc, 4-cylinder, common-rail turbo diesel Power: 131kW @ 4000rpm Torque: 350Nm @ 1800rpm (auto), 400Nm @ 2000rpm (LS manual) Transmission: 5-speed auto, 5-speed manual (LS), Super Select 4WD, 1.9 low ratio Fuel: 70-litre tank, diesel Economy: 9.8L/100km (auto), 8.3L/100km (LS manual) Suspension: independent double wishbone coil spring and stabiliser bar (front); 3-link coil spring and stabiliser (rear) Brakes: ventilated discs Turning circle: 11.2m Towing: 2500kg (braked), 750kg (unbraked), 250kg (towball) Dimensions (mm): 1840 (h), 4695 (l), 1815 (w), 2800 (wheelbase), 220 (clearance) Angles (degrees): 35.6 (approach), 24.6 (departure), 23.1 (breakover) Wheels: 17x7.5 alloys, full-size spare Tyres: 265/65 R17 Bridgestone Dueller H/T Warranty: 10-year/160,000km powertrain; 5-year/130,000km roadside assistance END OF YEAR SALE! 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