2007 Mitsubishi Raider DuroCross review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 7 November 2006 , 01:11:50 byEmil

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Mitsubishi Raider DuroCross

Mitsubishi's dramatically styled Raider mid-size pickup truck was introduced for 2006 and earned the Best in Class Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) for compact pickups from the renowned AutoPacific, Inc. industry consulting group. The model line has been streamlined for 2007, now offering one extended-cab model and three Double Cab models at launch. A V-8 SE Double Cab model will have late availability. The emphasis on four-door Double Cab models reflects Raider's appeal as a multi-capable SUV alternative.

Raider's bold styling shares signature cues from the Mitsubishi family of vehicles and underscores the truck's active, brawny attitude and purposeful stance. Three Raider models for 2007 are available in the well equipped LS trim line: Extended Cab 2WD; Double Cab 2WD and Double Cab 4WD. The Raider DuroCross Double Cab combines the 2WD drivetrain with a confident go-anywhere, do-anything look and attitude. All Raider models are built on the same long 131.3-inch wheelbase. The Extended Cab model has a 6.4-foot bed, and Double Cab models come with a 5.3-foot bed.

With more than 100 cubic feet of interior space, including a generous 36.4 inches of rear leg room, Raider Double Cab models provide comfort and room for up to six people. The Extended Cab model, with seating for two in the rear, provides 32.1 inches of rear leg room.

At launch, all 2007 Raider models are powered by a standard 210-hp 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine that produces 235 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The engine is teamed to a standard six-speed manual transmission in the LS Extended Cab 2WD model, and a four-speed automatic transmission in all others. The late-availability SE Double Cab model will be powered by a 4.7-liter, 235-hp V-8 - the only V-8 among import brand mid-size pickups.

All Raider Double Cab models gain new satin interior finishes for 2007. Also new, a Power and Convenience Package is standard for LS Double Cab and optional for LS Extended Cab models and includes a SIRIUS(R) Satellite Radio package with six-month pre-paid service.

Raider is built on a fully boxed, hydro-formed and roll-formed steel frame. The frame's inherent strength, in combination with front coil-over independent suspension and power rack and pinion steering, gives Raider a comfortable ride and capable handling.

The Raider offers the best bumper-to-bumper new vehicle limited warranty of any pickup truck on the market -- 5-years/60,000 miles.

DuroCross Double Cab: Hard-Working Sport Truck

The Raider Double Cab DuroCross amps up the sporty go-anywhere, do-anything capability and attitude, equipping the truck with the extended-capacity cooling system and 750-amp battery, plus a host of specific functional and design elements: black front bumper with silver fascia insert and tow hooks; black fender flares and mudguards; color-keyed side moldings; 16 x 8-inch alloy wheels and 265/70R16 all-terrain tires; skid plates for the front suspension and fuel tank; bed liner; tubular side steps; power 6x9-inch fold-away mirrors; sliding rear window; full power side windows and metallic door sill plates. A standard towing prep package includes a Class IV receiver, 7-pin wiring harness and 7-to-4-pin adaptor, and a 3.92 axle ratio.