2010 Mitsubishi Nativa | new car review
The Nativa is an ageing SUV that is based on a design first introduced in 1997.
That makes it pretty much a dinosaur in car years, but it remains on sale in the Middle East despite being replaced by a new model in most other markets. Internationally, the Nativa is generally known as the Challenger and its replacement, the second generation Challenger, is also available in these parts under the name of Pajero Sport.
The Nativa, then, is definitely not cutting edge, but it is cheap for a decent-sized SUV with off-road capability – prices start at just 77,000AED. That’s enough for Mitsubishi’s Middle East dealers to continue selling it in the region.
The Nativa will seat five and is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine that develops 188bhp and 265Nm of torque, mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox and part-time four-wheel drive.
Three trim levels are available, starting with the Low/Line, which comes with a radio cassette player (remember cassettes?), dual front airbags and air conditioning, as well as alloy wheels.
The mid-level Med/Line adds a splash or two of chrome to the exterior, as well as front fog lamps and ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, which helps keep the car stable during an emergency stop. Cruise control is also standard.
Splash out on the top-spec High/Line model, and you’ll see your Nativa equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, an uprated stereo (although still with a cassette player), leather seats and a sunroof, as well as a limited slip differential for improved handling.