A distinctive feature of the Challenger is the design of its body, in which there is a sense of a station wagon designed for use in urban environments. Challenger is available only in a 5-door version; due to the fact that its height is somewhat lower compared to Pajero, it gives the impression of an elegant, neat machine. When developing the Challenger, the 5-door Pajero was taken as the basis, but its components were used in a simplified version. The result is a car that is more attractive compared to Pajero in terms of price. In addition, the car has many other strengths, such as: a comfortable interior, equipped with comfortable seats in three rows, a spacious luggage compartment, etc., due to which its performance as a car for outdoor activities, of course, increase. At the beginning of the release, which came in 1996, the Challenger was equipped with three types of engines: a 3-liter V-shaped 6-cylinder and turbodiesels of 2.8 liters and 2.5 liters. However, in 1997, the V-shaped 6-cylinder engine was replaced with a 3.5-liter GDI series. Due to the fact that this engine uses a 5-speed automatic transmission INVECS-II with a sports mode, it is both powerful and economical in terms of fuel consumption. Due to the fact that metal-coated parts are widely used in the design of the exterior, the car's class improves, and the ability of the passenger seats to fold out into a flat, comfortable sofa is an additional plus that increases its attractiveness to consumers. In 1998, City Cruising was re-released, which uses the 4WD FULLTIME drive.