In 2005, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation launched their Mitsubishi Raider, a pickup truck in the United States as 2006 model. Mitsubishi Raider by great extent based on the Dodge Dakota. Mitsubishi resurrected the name Raider from the previous Dodge Raider SUV that remained in production from 1987 to 1990 and necessarily was a rebadged Mitsubishi Montero or Mitsubishi Pajero.
The Mitsubishi Raider was designed and produced with a view to fill the space in the Mitsubishi range that arose as a result of discontinuation of Mighty Max in 1996. Chrysler built the Raider in United States and powered it with either a 4.7-L PowerTech V8 engine generating 230 hp (172 kW) and torque of 290 lb-ft (393 Nm) or a 3.7-L PowerTech V6 engine developing 210 hp (157 kW) and torque of 210 lb-ft (285 Nm). However, from 2008 model, only 3.7-L V6 engine was offered and 4.7-L V8 engine was dropped from Raider range.
The early sales record of the Raider was very poor, i.e. one tenth of the Dakota’s. It was given that the Mitsubishi dealers already had a six-month supply of Raiders on their lots and forcing the company to ask the DaimlerChrysler to slice down its production. In 2005, 9861 units of Raiders were produced and in next one year until March 11, 2006, only 297 more units were built. Reportedly, around 8200 units of Raider were sold by the company in 2007.
A concept truck manufactured and designed by Mitsubishi’s California design studio was rebadged as a Street Raider. The Street Raider was first launched at SEMA automotive show in 2005 and has been appeared in several different motor shows held in the United States since its first appearance. Some of the major features of Raider were: 22-inch custom wheels, custom dual exhaust, as well as a lowered stance that was not seen in the stock Raider. The proposed price of the Street Raider is $60,000. However, there are currently no plans to offer Street Raider for sale in the market.