WHAT’S IN A NAME?
PAJERO Sport may be a new name in Australia, but it has been used overseas since 1996 when what is known in different parts of the world as either the Challenger or the Pajero Sport.
The first Challenger – as it was known here in Australia when it arrived in 1998 – was based on an early Pajero platform and came with a 3.0-litre petrol V6 (the only engine available) and leaf springs for the rear live-axle. By that time the Pajero had rear coils and a diesel option. That first Challenger was phased out in Australia in 2007.
The Challenger name then reappeared here in 2009, this time based on a Triton platform but with the rear leaf springs swapped for coils. It was diesel-only. What’s effectively the third-generation Challenger for Australia, but now called Pajero Sport, follows the theme of Triton-based and diesel-only.