Mitsubishi’s third-generation Challenger off-roader has been teased ahead of its official unveiling next month.
A global debut is scheduled to take place in Thailand, where the covers will come off the new model revealing what Mitsubishi calls its “Dynamic Shield frontal design”.
The spy photos also hinted at a more muscular stance for the new Challenger, along with integrated side-steps and short front overhang to improve its off-road capabilities.
This means the Challenger could stray away from the looks of the Triton ute, with which it shares most of its underpinnings and engines.
An all-new Triton arrived in Australia in April, and this teaser image suggests the Challenger may at least have similar headlights to the Triton with the same daytime running lights.
Power will likely come from the same 2.4 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel as the new Triton, producing 133kW/430Nm while returning 7.0 l/100km in the manual-equipped 2WD Triton.
This unit will replace the 131kW/400Nm 2.5 litre diesel powering the current Challenger, while the Triton’s four-cylinder petrol engine (coming to Australia later in the year) is not expected to be offered.
The current Challenger is available with manual and automatic transmissions - both five-speed - but the 2016 model could get the Triton’s new six-speed unit as its manual option.
As with the current range, both RWD and 4WD drivelines should be available, though later in the model's life a plug-in hybrid variant may join the range.
A diesel-electric version of the Triton is already in the works, making a hybrid Challenger a virtual certainty.
Beyond that, Mitsubishi is keeping details on the new off-roader under wraps, but further clues may be found in patent renderings revealed last month.
Stay tuned to TMR for more.
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