Mitsubishi Challenger Vs Mitsubishi Triton

Mitsubishi Triton
Mitsubishi Challenger

Welcome to the Mitsubishi Triton Vs Mitsubishi Challenger comparison and review (2012 version). We put this page together because both cars are directly related and unique to this market. Namely the Challenger SUV is a wagon version of the Triton ute and vice versa. It wan’t like this in the 1990’s where all Japanese manufacturers made wagon versions of their tray back utilities/commercials. Can you remember the Forerunner and the Hilux or the Nissan Pathfinder and the Navara? Very popular variants in the day.

Aside from the wagon body there are very few changes to the specification. The only this of significance is the rear suspension on the Challenger. Both are not the most refined or quiet SUVs on the road which is a pity because the space age exterior still looks great after so many years. The interiors are essentially identical with ‘car like’ luxury trim fitted to the Challenger to make it more chintzy and not luxurious. Admittedly the Challenger feels more refined.

The Triton/Challenger engines and gearbox are dated but clearly hard hard wearing but the noise on the outside is old school and the interior is not much better. We have only heard of a few problems with the engines and it only applies to the diesel versions. It seems to be a trend with all manufacturers of diesel engine these days..

Aside from that both are pretty decent cars to drive around. The Challenger in particular is the only hard core 4WD in the medium sized SUVs. The base model rear drive only Challenger in particular is very good value if you want a tough towing vehicle.


Mitsubishi Triton HMitsubishi Challenger/Pajero Sport

IL4 Petrol
DOHC 16 Valve with EFI
2.4 Litre (2351cc)
Claimed 94Kw @ 5250 RPM
Claimed 194Nm @ 4000 RPM

IL4 Diesel
DOHC 16 Valve with EFI
Direct Injection – Common Rail
Turbo charged with intercooler
2.5 Litre (2477cc)
Claimed 131Kw @ 4000 RPM
Claimed 400Nm @ 2000 RPM (MANUAL)
Claimed 350Nm @ 2000 RPM (AUTO)


4D56 Variant
IL4 Diesel Twin Cam 16 valve 
Turbo charged with intercooler
Common rail direct injection
2.5 Litre (2477cc)
Claimed 131Kw @ 4000RPM
350Nm @ 2000RPM (Auto)
400Nm @ 2000RPM (Manual)

6G74 Variant???
V6 Petrol 
SOHC 24 Valve EFI
3.5 Litre (3497cc)
Claimed 135Kw @ 4750RPM
Claimed 309Nm @ 3500RPM
(This is a guess)

4M41 Variant???
IL4 Diesel Twin Cam 16 valve 
Turbo charged with intercooler
Direct injection
3.2 Litre (3200cc)
Claimed 121Kw @3500RPM (Manual)
343Nm @ 2000RPM (Manual)


From 1672Kg
Towing capacity up to 1800kg

Kerb weight 2055Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500Kg

Fuel capacity & consumption  

Up to 75 litres
IL4 Petrol 8-9.3 lts per 100km
IL4 Diesel 8-9.3 lts per 100km

70 litres
V6 Petrol 00(M) 00(A) litres per 100km
4D56 IL4 Turbo Diesel 9.8 litres per 100km

Other specifications  

5 or 4 speed Auto
or 5 speed manual
Overall height/width 1780/1800
Overall length/Wheelbase 5389/3000
Track (front/rear) 1520/1515
Tray L1505mm x W1470mm x D460mm
Total payload capability 938kg (Approx)
ANCAP safety rating 4/5

5 spd Auto or 5 speed manual
Overall height/width 1840/1815
Overall length/Wheelbase 4695/2800
Track (front/rear) 1520/1515
ANCAP safety rating 4/5 


Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx Departure xx Breakover xx
Minimum ground clearance xxxmm
Water Fording depth N/A Max
Part-time 4×4

Angle of: (degrees) 
Approach 36 Departure 25
Minimum ground clearance 215mm
4WD system: 2WD or part time 4WD with selectable modes


2012 FROM $38,900 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing and specials accessories etc…

2012 $36,990 (2WD only) – $57,190 (4WD)
2011 $36,990 (2WD only) – $57,190 (4WD)
2010 $44,490 – 56,390 AUD (4WD)