Second-generation SUV to reach some 90 countries
The second-generation Mitsubishi Montero Sport, one of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s (MMC) best selling mid-sized SUVs, was finally unveiled at the Big Motor Sale in Bangkok, Thailand last week. This is the first ever full redesign of the model since it was first introduced in 2008.
The all-new Montero Sport was developed with the “Stylish and Comfortable Off-road SUV” concept in mind. A full-feature off-road SUV inheriting the best of the Pajero brand, the all-new Montero Sport brings with it a refined and high-quality exterior design, high-quality vehicle performance and a comfortable interior, environmental performance on a par with the best in its class, and a comprehensive advanced safety features.
The all-new Montero Sport uses MMC’s new “Dynamic Shield” front face design concept. The high-quality stylish design uses both sporty and dynamic elements to set it apart from conventional cross-country SUVs. The interior uses a high console proportion dashboard, as befits a larger SUV, while dynamically styled silver-finish ornamentation and sculpted seats add to its luxurious feel.
Handling stability, ride and quietness have all been improved through optimization of the suspension and improvements to the body mounts. In addition, the use of a new diesel engine and upgraded sound insulation provide a significant reduction in interior noise and this, together with further upgraded comfortable seats and climate control system, has achieved an interior space offering a higher level of comfort.
Powering the all-new Montero Sport is a 2.4-liter MIVEC turbo-diesel engine, mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain returns a 17-percent improvement in fuel economy over its predecessor. It also achieves carbon dioxide emissions of under 200 grams per kilometer that puts it into the lowest bracket of the new excise tax structure to be introduced in Thailand in January 2016.
The second-generation Montero Sport comes with a very comprehensive active and passive safety features. MMC’s own RISE impact safety body design and a total of seven SRS airbags provide occupants with outstanding passive safety. Active safety features include Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM), the Blind Spot Warning system (BSW) and the Ultrasonic mis-acceleration Mitigation System (UMS). In addition the all-new Montero Sport is fitted with many advanced features that go well beyond what normally found in this class such as electric parking brake, a Multi-around Monitor and fully automatic climate control allowing different temperatures to be set for driver and front seat passenger.
The new-generation Montero Sport uses a further-evolved version of MMC’s own Super-Select 4WD-II four-wheel drive system. This is complemented by the new Off-road Mode that gives even better all-terrain performance and stability as the road surface requires, and by Hill Descent Control. Together with its greater wading depth, all these features combine to provide the kind of bad road or flooded surface performance only to be found in the Montero badge.
The production of the previous Montero Sport started in Thailand in 2008 and was launched in Russia same year, after which it was rolled out sequentially in Thailand, the Southeast Asian nations including the Philippines, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Australia and China. Local production of the model also began in Brazil in January 2011, in Vietnam in July 2011, Bangladesh in August 2011, in Russia in July 2013 and in China in October 2013. Cumulative unit sales had reached some 400,000 at the end of June 2015 and today the Montero Sport enjoys a broad user base in a wide spectrum of regions.
To date, only right-hand drive variants of the all-new Montero Sport are being manufactured in Mitsubishi’s Laem Chabang Plant in Thailand. Left-hand-drive versions are not expected to roll-out from the plant until next year, as MMC still has to fill the requirements of Thailand market. Sequentially, the Montero Sport will be introduced in Australia, Southeast Asian, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Russia, as MMC plans to sell the new model in some 90 countries.