Mitsubishi Challenger XLS 2010
Diesels has a lot of things for them and the sales increase in Australia. But they fight to influence buyers who are caused by agricultural noise from under the bonnet. It’s hard enough to convince people in the middle of the day when the conversation about diesel engines might be engulfed in the noise of downtown. But at 5 am on a public holiday when you get back to the only car on the road, it is deaf. When I drove through the suburbs to start the trip, the conversation felt loud enough to wake up the locals.
“Will you suffer this all day, dad?” ask a teenage daughter. “It will be fine. Once I get off the highway, it will be right”, that was my hopeful answer. To be fair, once you’re on the open road, get used to the noise – and turn on the sound system – you might forget you’re in a big, noisy 4WD.
The $ 56,990 Mitsubishi Challenger XLS was added to this year’s range to sit under Pajero, but on the Outlander, like a serious 4WD that buyers can still live around town. It has been praised by writers who have taken it off the road, but have come to receive from people who have tested it as a major urban race. I tried them both on a trip.
Around the city, Challenger has an agricultural feel, with a 4WD switch stuck next to my left foot, but its high seating size and seating is very convenient for traffic. On the Hume highway, it is a smooth, though bulky, cruiser. It has no sports cars and not even small old-fashioned cars fly by. But the next day, as we settled a rudimentary ride through some abandoned gold mining towns in the mountain forests of the Great Divide Range, the world changed for The Challenger.
Facing a challenge it meets in style. It ran the dirt roads along the Goulburn River with surprise. However, satnav on board are soon looking for answers. Not far from civilization and it shows we’re driving in the river.
And then it goes blank, really green. According to the screen, we got lost in a forest somewhere. You would think that climbing to the top of the Great Divider is actually getting closer to the satellite but this proves to be an undiscovered territory. Not good for an offroad machine.
The road was seriously degraded when we reached the small towns of Gaffneys Creek and the A1 Mining Settlements – once bustling but now abandoned. Challenger though can climb steep narrow roads easily.
After passing Point Forest Village, we climbed into the legendary town of Matlock (remember the old TV police Matlock Police from the 1970s, but now there is no sign of actor Paul Cronin and the police motorbike. his).
What we face during sunset is a sign for Walhalla that I think has read 24km. But it really says 74km and the road becomes devastating. Basically, this is a narrow rock collection that has hardly changed since packhorse’s era. The 4WD territory is great but the average speed drops to 30km / h as we fight to avoid potholes. We travel around the plateau and begin to descend into the valleys of upstream Gippsland. There are no signs of sliding wheels on the rocks and the Challenger’s high seating position is valuable to look out of the driveway into the valley.
Although this is considered a test of the Challenges’ comprehensive capabilities, it has also become a compliment for the ability of a modest Toyota Camry. Because on the corner of the street, up the hill in the dark, we met a couple of Camry drivers with two kids in the back, who didn’t just tell us they were hundreds of kilometers away from Albury in the evening. that day, they had very little fuel and the kids were hungry …
With the trip lasting a few hours longer than the Google maps forecast, we rolled in the dark. The engine’s lazy roar sounded like a bear. The last 10 hours, on the edge of a cliff with a river below, was a narrow one lane road. The satnav has given up all hope now. Occasionally a place name appears, drift around the screen and disappears.
We finally arrived at the destination of Walhalla, where the bitumen began again. Challenger, now completely covered in dust, has proven its worth as a flexible mobility man. The folding rear seat gives us enough room to boot for our two mountain bikes and luggage, but you’ll need a bike rack with the backseat in use.
Fuel economy was good but not great with diesel. It averages about 15L / 100km around town but has dropped to nearly 10-11L / 100km on the open road. But it is more economical than the petrol model.