A popular sport-utility vehicle, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport is known for its classiness and for the smooth ride it provides its passengers. Let’s go back and trace the early beginnings and ripening of this affordable yet capable 4x4, which has proven itself a dominating presence in the automotive market.
First generation (1996-2008)
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport, manufactured in Japan in 1996 and available for export markets in 1997, featured independent front suspension with torsion bars and a live rear axle. Over the years this generation underwent several facelifts, not to mention a suspension change from rear leaf to coil springs in late 2000.
Local assembly markets were formed in China by 2003 and Brazil by 2006. The first-generation Montero Sport’s most commonly used engine was the 3-liter V6 which produces 188 horsepower at 5000 revolutions per minute.
Second generation (2008-present)
The second generation of the vehicle, based on the ladder frame chassis of compact pickup truck Mitsubishi Triton, was gradually introduced to some selected markets such as Russia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Oceania in the autumn of 2008 followed by its debut at the Moscow Auto Salon.
It was outfitted with 2.5- or 3.2-liter diesel and 3.0- or 3.5-liter V6 petrol engines. Its success in the above markets overtook that of rival Toyota Fortuner. Available in seven variants which included GLX-V 4x2 (five-speed manual), GLS-V 4x2 (five-speed automatic), GLS-V 4x4 (five-speed manual), and GT-V 4x4 (five-speed automatic), the Montero Sport with its variable-geometry turbocharger (VGT) gives a maximum output of 178 horsepower.
One common problem with turbocharger-equipped vehicles is the so-called turbo lag, a condition wherein the turbocharger isn’t getting enough power to boost the engine’s power output as the vehicle is running on low or mid-range RPM ranges. The VGT solves this by creating a narrow passageway which causes the exhaust gases to accelerate and spin the turbo’s turbine blades faster, increasing the engine’s overall efficiency.
The Montero Sport is perfectly capable on the mechanical side and its upgrades didn’t stop there as it has high-contrast instrument cluster for easy gauge reading and magnesium alloy paddle shifters for total control over the transmission system.
This version of the Montero Sport has a multimedia and information system that contains useful real-time information such as fuel consumption; average speed; drive range; outside temperature; and atmospheric, altitude, and tire pressure. It also has a global positioning system, so getting lost won’t be such a pickle.