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Journeys : Feb March 2011
32 February / March 2011 Darren Moody He says Mitsubishi Challenger Life on the move Buying a new or used car has never been easier. autoSEARCH Tasmania will: • Find the type of vehicle you require • Arrange a discounted RACT Vehicle Inspection, if required • Negotiate a special ROADSIDE cardholder’s price, including your trade-in • Arrange a manufacturer’s or dealer’s warranty on most vehicles sold. This independent service is free to RACT ROADSIDE cardholders. Statewide 0418123 060 Hobart 6231 9992 • Launceston 6334 3965 autoSEARCH autoSEARCH Challenger hits the mid-sized SUV categor y dead-centre for space and comfor t (for at least five passengers) and also offers proper all-terrain capability, thanks to Mitsubishi’s Super-Select 4W D system. Selectable 4WD options include a rear-diff lock, w ith a low-range option for really serious off-road expeditions. Despite the predominantly highway-patter n tyres, off-road capability was more than adequate on the rocky parts and while mud did slow progress a little, I never felt like I was going to be stranded. Ground clearance is also well up there, despite the side-steps creeping a little space. Perfor mance from the 2.5L common-rail turbo-diesel engine was strong, although the auto-version loses 50Nm from the manual, w ith peak torque 350Nm from 1800rpm. Both the manual and auto have identical power output at 131kW. If there was a disappointment, it was the noise of the diesel engine around tow n and at low speeds. The five-speed auto worked well with the engine and masked any turbo lag that was evident below 2000rpm in the base spec manual. The underpinning of this car is the very capable Mitsubishi Tr iton, so ever ything is attached to a ladder-frame chassis. That said, it wasn’t the worst handling 4WD I have driven. Ride comfort would match some of the more passenger vehicle or ientated soft-roaders you might consider. If you choose to use the third row of seats, your cargo space is going to be considerably reduced. Mitsubishi manages to pack plenty of extras into their cars these days and Challenger is no different. Leather trim for the seats, steering wheel and gear knob are standard, as is the ‘some like it, some hate it’ wood-print panels on the dash and console. Climate control is standard across the range, with the XLS getting front and rear-zone air conditioning controls as well. Other standard features include Bluetooth for the phone connection, eight- speaker audio with auxiliary connection for the iPod and standard 17” alloys all round (including the spare). Challenger should be a worthy consideration for those who have towing duties. With a 2500kg braked tow ing capacity and ample power on tap, that mid-sized caravan or boat would look a treat hooked up to the blinged-up XLS Challenger. (Note to Mitsubishi – please send me one w ith a towbar next time!).
Apr May 2011