The Montero Sport remains one of the most desirable midsize SUV models in the country today. In fact, it has maintained its position as one of the top-selling Mitsubishi models currently available in the Philippines. This fact is backed up by the October 2020 sales report released by Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC).
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport's macho but the futuristic-looking front end
To be more specific, 533 units of the Mitsubishi-made midsize SUV were sold in that month alone. That means an increase of 232 percent over the September 2020 figures. This is despite the fact that the Philippine economy is still experiencing the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As MMPC CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri had put it, the said SUV provides genuine all-road performance, bears a stylishly modern design, and has a wealth of amenities that any driver or passenger would want in a vehicle. A case in point is the Mitsubishi Montero Sport’s eight-inch instrument cluster and cruise control, which comes standard on all trim levels.
Mechanically, the highpoint of the Montero Sport of course is its 179 horsepower inline-4 turbodiesel engine, combined with an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox. It can also come with a Super Select 4x4 drivetrain.
The Super Select is still one of the best 4x4 systems to this day
For safety-conscious people, the Mitsubishi-made midsize SUV is well equipped. All variants come standard with anti-lock braking with electronic brake distribution, ISOFIX, and disc brakes all-around. The GT 4x4 AT variant is the most technologically advanced, as it comes with several useful driver-assist features like blind-spot warning and lane change assist, forward collision mitigation, rear cross-traffic alert, and many other safety features.
And as we’ve said already, the Montero Sport bears one of the most recognizable designs for a midsize SUV in the market today. Its front end is both futuristic and macho looking, and its size affords it a significant presence on the road.
Despite being a brusque SUV, the Montero Sport actually has a bit of elegance to it
Currently, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport’s price-tag ranges from Php 1,565,000 for the entry-level GLX 2.4 4x2 MT to Php 2,450,000 for the GT 2.4 4x4 AT top variant.
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Know more about Mitsubishi Montero Sport
One of the most known SUVs in the Philippines is the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. It continually hits the list of best-selling cars in the country every year. Its popularity continues to grow because it is a reliable, tough, midsize body-on-frame SUV on and off-road, and a family car. It is not just a symbol of social status. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport, as a third-generation model, displays its benchmark for the brand's contemporary lineup, which is the 'Dynamic Shield' grille that shows a completely redesigned front. The new Mitsubishi Montero Sport features chrome linings that cover the large air intakes and stretch forth to the fog lamps, complemented by a sleek tail and headlights. Inside the cabin, top-notch variants and additional sportier trims for GT variants get to have leather-wrapped seats. For entertainment and central control, it is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Powering the Mitsubishi Montero Sport is the all-new 2.4L Diesel Engine, 4 Cylinder 16 Valve DOHC. The task of the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC) is to achieve low fuel consumption and exhaust emissions but a high-power output. Similar to the model it replaced, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport is L200 or Strada pickup based. The chassis and half of its front body structure are the same as its pickup sibling. It still uses the three-link live axle coil spring for the rear suspension and the independent double-wishbone front suspension from the model it supersedes. It comes with drum-in-disc rear brakes and ventilated front disc brakes. It is a standard for all variants to have 18-inch alloy wheels. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport features standard airbags for both driver and passenger, three-point seat belts for all the seven occupants, ABS with EBD, and an ISOFIX child seat anchors on the second row. Additional features for the GT variant consist of Trailer Stability Assist, knee airbag for drivers, and curtain airbags.
Cesar G.B. Miguel