The past and present of the Mitsubishi Montero Sport

MMPC Montero Sport GT 4WD

There's no stopping the Montero Sport from accelerating into popularity.  Specifically the third-generation model released in 2016, Mitsubishi's midsize SUV has always been known to offer creature comforts, style, and ruggedness in one package. 

That said, the Japanese carmaker was keen to improve the Montero Sport's specialty even further with the model's 2020 update. The current Montero Sport goes from P1.568 to P2.298 million across its four variants. Many pre-updated versions start at P1 million in the used-market.  

Now the question is, does a newer car equate to a better one?

Styling

No doubt the Montero Sport's most obvious and significant change, the 2020 update grafted the brand's Dynamic Shield to the SUV's fascia.

The signature design is comprised of LED headlights that flow into the imposing grille, which is flanked by C-shaped chrome trim. Just above the lower part of the trim are squared headlights that are pushed to the sides of the front end. 

MMPC Montero Sport GT 4WD rear

On the side, the new Montero Sport is recognizable with new wheel designs, while the rear has shortened tail lamps. In the old car, the lamps flowed all the way down to meet the rear bumper. Perhaps the public's opinion on the rear design prompted Mitsubishi designers to revise their work. 

Tech specs

A 2.4-liter MIVEC diesel engine that makes 179hp and 430Nm of pulling power powers all Montero SUVs old and new. These power and torque outputs are managed by an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual. As before, there's a choice of rear- and four-wheel drive. 

Also unchanged from the old Montero Sport is the 218 millimeter ground clearance. This SUV can wade waters that are 700mm deep without any problems.

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The updated model brings a brake auto hold function, while the top-spec Montero has a suite of safety functions such as Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System. UMS cuts the engine power when the accelerator is pressed by accident.

New gadgets also include a Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM), and Adaptive Cruise Control System (ACC) which maintains the vehicle speed in highway driving.

Convenience equipment

The new Montero Sport’s cabin welcomes a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system called Smart Audio Display, complete with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. A digital instrument cluster adds to the equipment list. 

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With the power lift tailgate with handsfree function, all the driver needs to do is swing his or her foot under the bumper, which sensors can detect and signal the tailgate to open.

Photos from Mitsubishi

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