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Old 07-12-09
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Default Debate: NT V's Challenger, Are they that close?

I know this is the NT section but...

If I had to choose between a GLX/GLS Pajero and an XLS Challenger then I think I would keep the change and buy the Challenger. Yes it'd be a close run decision...Much higher spec level than the Pajero and too me it's more sporty to look at and drive...XLS has leather, MMCS, Xenon's etc...

It must be stated that if my intention was serious long term towing, grey nomad style (2-2.5t) then that could change but as soon as we get one registered and a tow bar fiited I'll know...The Pajero is fine for this, we all know that...Just havent had the chance to tow a heavy load with either the new Triton or the Challenger yet...Capacity is 2500kg which is top level for a vehicle like this...

I dont believe that there will be any disadvantage off road either...Remember Challenger has "super select", "Active traction control" and "Diff lock" as standard...Even the approach and departure angles look better...not sure about the ramp over...

In Vic a Triton GLX-R auto retails for $54,919 drive away (pre: negotiation and abn discounts) and the new Challenger LS which is almost identical in spec is $50,894...Sound like a good buy to me...

What I love most about all this is that Mitsubishi know have 2 great 4WD's to choose from...and which people prefer between the two of them I'm sure will come up for debate...



Looking just at retail pricing, without On Road Costs, in Automatic form:

Challenger

LS 7 seater $48,890

XLS 7 seater $58,890

Pajero

GLX 7 seater $57,290

GLS 7 seater $62,090

I know it's harder to have an opinion when you havent seen at least one of the cars properly but...first impressions are good too...

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hi marty

the pajero is a known great on road performer for comfort and handling, is the challenger still a ladder chassis and therefore has the associated on road performance? If so then they are still two very different trucks
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Yeah its still a ladder chassis...

It drives really well on the road...tight body control and a compareable ride...Hangs on well through the corners...

Ladder v Monocoque...mmmm

It's not that obvious...Like it used to be...Ladder framed vehicles always felt like a truck but this feels more monocoque SUV...Which is nice...

Each construction has its strengths and weeknesses...Cant say that the Challenger suffers on road at all...I thought it felt a bit more nimble but then again it is a little smaller...although side by side no where near as much as you would think...in fact i think the Challenger looks taller...its very close...
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Depends what your gonna use it for. My first impression is that the challenger is probably a bit more rugged, live rear axle, ladder chassis and its ute origins means its probably a bit more rough and ready, but if your after more of a road car or a tow vehicle then i think the Pajero will be the nicer ride.

Depends 100% on its intended use I think.
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The Challenger looks like a nice little beastie, and is well placed to access the market between the AWD SUV's that lack low range capability and the larger full on 4WD such as Pajero. It also offers more creature comforts than a 4WD ute, which adds further market appeal.

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The Challenger really was intended to be more offroad biased. A few small mods and it will be a good choice for those who venture onto the rough stuff more often. Not taking anything away from the Pajero I believe the Challenger will be that bit more capable offroad.
Pajero makes an excellent tourer and tow vehicle.
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hey dave, the SHORTY beats them all! long live the shorty
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hey dave, the SHORTY beats them all! long live the shorty

Yep....spot on.
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hey dave, the SHORTY beats them all! long live the shorty
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Interesting that the fuel consumption figures for the auto are higher than the Pajero. I assume the 2.5 works a bit harder in a vehicle only a couple of hundred kilos lighter?
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