WHAT’S IN A NAME?

4 x 4 Australia - - Driven -

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.

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