Mitsubishi Nativa (also called Pajero Sport / Challenger / Montero Sport) was released in July 1996. For the first time it has appeared on the Japanese market under the name of Challenger. Just a couple of months later, this model has appeared on the market of the USA under the name of Montero Sport. Later this model year became available for the European market, where it was sold as Pajero Sport.
It is a four-wheel drive SUV for five-passengers. The prototype for Montero Sport was Mitsubishi Pajero, a multiple winner of off-road racing. Mitsubishi Nativa is its version for the city, more comfortable in the routine maintenance and use.
If you look at pictures of this SUV, you can notice the following exterior features: an elongated silhouette, low roof with roof rails, plastic lining on the wings, a wide arc around the chrome grille, additional lights that generally gives a stylish look. In general, the interior is of middle quality because of the usage of hard plastics. The steering wheel resembles the one that was used for the Japanese budget cars in the early 80's.
Mitsubishi Nativa was built on a platform of the pick-up truck L200 from which it has borrowed the main technical features: the spar frame, dependent rear suspension, the system Easy Select 4WD, locking rear differential. The cheaper rear-drive version was also offered.
3-liter V6 power unit or 3.5-liter V6 engine and the turbo diesel with the volume of 2.5 liter, developing 105 hp (240 Nm) are available for the buyers. The engine provides the fast increasing of power but it is not very efficient in fuel consumption. Very fuel-thirsty.
Optionally in some markets it can be installed a modern system of Super Select II 4WD on the car.
In their comments, the car owners characterize Mitsubishi Montero Sport as a reliable and unpretentious car. The popularity of the model is due to the simple management of the car and excellent dynamic characteristics.
It was renewed for some times. The Montero Sport is also produced now.