The Mitsubishi Raider is a car that was conceived with the idea for Mitsubishi to get a foothold in the lucrative pickup industry, with their foray debuting as a mid-sized pickup truck based on the Dodge Dakota. The Mitsubishi Raider is currently still not selling anything greater than a few hundred a month, but it is hoped that soon this will change. he truck itself is of the classic configuration with a front engine, however it differs in that it has a front wheel drive rather than a rear wheel drive, however it still does have all wheel drive. The Mitsubishi Raider also comes with either a normal, cab or an extended cab and has two engines to choose from to supply the power. The transmissions it supports are a four speed auto, a five speed auto and a six speed manual. This truck is the predecessor to the Mitsubishi Mighty Max and the Mitsubishi Montero.
The engines provide this vehicle with adequate power, being a 3.7L V6 with 210 horses, and also notable is the 4.7L V8 that supplies 230 horses. This is Mitsubishi’s first V8 engines available in the U.S. market and thus spells a future trend that could see more vehicles other than the Mitsubishi Raider coming with the option for V8′s and other more powerful engines.
Currently the vehicle has had a run of just 10,000 and is still selling off their initial run – which has become back logged in many dealerships due to low selling numbers. It is unknown whether or not Mitsubishi will continue to manufacture the truck in the near or in the distant future due to the low selling rates, and equally unknown is whether they plan a redesign to somehow catch some more share in the market.