The first-generation of Mitsubishi Montero Sport pickup-based SUV debuted in 1996 in Japan. It was formerly called the Challenger. It was only in early 2005 when the model reached the Philippines. The very first Mitsubishi Montero Sport in Philippine-spec was the modified model that features a split grille in Olivier Boulay-design. In 2008, the second-generation model arrived that was pickup based like before, longer and came with seats in the third row that added extra seating capacity from five to now seven seats. In early 2016, it was then replaced by the latest third-generation model.
The Mitsubishi Philippines launched the third-generation Mitsubishi Montero Sport replacing its predecessors in terms of power, refinement, and style. On October 4, 2019, the refreshed Mitsubishi Montero Sport was introduced in the Philippines to provide the top-selling SUV its updated look.
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The 'Dynamic Shield’ design language helps in projecting a futuristic concept for the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. The front end has enough amount of chrome, intensely edgy and sharp. At the top grille part, two short strips of chrome are present. The chrome strips also outline the bumper's side surfaces and finish descending lower near the fog lamps. The projector headlamps are also attractive and sleek.
Its roofline is properly crafted, enabling to thin down the windows more. The overhangs of the rear are more extended, making the wheelbase shorter. The tail lights touch the bumper on the back and are upright long. The registration number is ingrained on the trunk lid, and the exhaust time is immersed in chrome.
The Montero Sport measures 4,825mm long, 1,815mm wide, the wheelbase measures 2,800mm, and 218mm of ground clearance.
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport employed a simple to operate straight-forward dashboard. The dashboard is mainly composed of materials such as piano-black plastics, polyurethane, and satin chrome plastics. Leather seats for range-toppers come with motorized adjustments. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport has plenty of space and has an expandable cargo volume because of its configurable seats. Using a specific function available only to the model, the third row is capable of being folded flat onto the floor, thus, creating a big cargo space.
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport also features front seats that are highly driver-centric with a supportive backrest. The seats in the second row are adjustable and can be shifted slightly forward to provide additional legroom in the last row when the third row is moved backward.
Technology & Safety Features
The GT variant is equipped with an infotainment system, two 8-inch LCD located on the instrument cluster, an Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and a power tailgate. The GT and GLS variants both feature reverse sensors, the Tomtom navigation, and the reverse camera. Cruise control is also included, which comes as a standard.
Safety features that come as a standard are the Brake Override, ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, side-impact beams, ISOFIX child seat tethers, and speed-sensing door locks. On the other hand, both GLS and GT variants are equipped with stability and traction control, extra four airbags, trailer stability control, hill descent control, hill start and brake assists.
In 2016, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport garnered a 5-star rating in ASEAN NCAP for adult occupancy protection and a 4-star rating for child occupancy protection.
Platform & Chassis
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport rides on a ladder-frame chassis, available in four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel configurations. It is a five-door midsize SUV sitting on the KR/KS/QE platform. It has a double-wishbone suspension with coil springs and a stabilizer bar at the front, and a 3-link coil springs with a stabilizer bar at the rear end. All its wheels are equipped with disc brakes.
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport can accommodate seven occupants and has an automatic transmission available. Moreover, depending upon the fuel type and variant, the model has a 17.40 km/L fuel consumption on the highway.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport is powered by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with the addition of the turbocharged formula, giving it a bit more power. A maximum of 78 horsepower can be put out by its diesel motor, which can be considered adequate for its range. The engine can produce a torque power of up to 430 Nm, which can mean better power performance even on rough roads and capable of pulling off a tremendous amount of load.
The midsize SUV, when fully loaded, can put up a total of nine kilometers using a liter of diesel in and about the city. And can provide the utmost of 13 km/L on the highway. With its prices not exceeding the Php2-million mark, its engine can be quite surprising.