If they want a seven-seat ladder frame, there are very few choices. For these people, a Santa Fe doesn't work, because they want something more rugged.
Although any CUV can do offroading up to certain extent, of course. Realistically, it's not true that you can't bring a CUV like the Santa Fe, CRV, Rav 4, X-Trail, Escape etc etc into offroading. That's just not true
Amongst the current crop of seven-seat ladders, so far, the Montero Sport is ARGUABLY the most comfortable.
Adding the word "arguably"
is better in describing it. Some people like it, some people no. Some find the Alterra better, while others the Hilux.
Whatever the engine specs. (And the engine is impressive, despite the not-inconsiderable turbo lag).
C'mon Niky, i know you understood this very well, you as a techy car guy.... PUHUNAN ng old 4D56 platform is the high-boost
mechanical VGT installed on it, not downright displacement.... It is all because of "boosting"
alone, plus of course, it revs freely, as relatively it is a "short-stroke"
diesel engine.... Come the time na masira yang turbocharger nito or kahit maka-sustain lang ng pin-hole size na hole, babalik sa 130 horses ang power nito, or even less, since the non-VGT version of this comes with a wastegate turbo.
The lag is considerable below 2000 rpm and you know this, as much as I know this, or until the turbo starts to spool.... But like i said, it revs freely though, revs freely than the bigger 3.0-litre Alterra and Fortuner (the Alterra is a slow revver bceause it's engine is a long-stroke)
, that's why there is this "perceived"
good power even when the major factor is as we know it comes from "boosting."
Even the smaller 2.2-litre 3rd-gen CRDi with 3rd-gen turbocharger (e-VGT)
like the Santa Fe and Sorento, they are also guilty of boosting, only that theirs is more sophisticated just like those of the Germans where some are direct results of bi-turbocharging, that's why they climb the charts in peak hp output.
If there is ONE THING that i can really give KUDOS about Mitsubishi, it is the fact that they have this vision to give the best to the consumer market, as much as they can.... We see that they improved the old 4D56 by mating it with good turbocharging, and adapting a commonrail distribution system to it. Thus, they are reaping the rewards of their desire to offer the best available, as much as they can even with their current old model engine.... No doubt about it, MASIPAG ang Mitsubishi Motors, di gaya ng tamad na Isuzu Philippines and even Suzuki Philippines as a point of comparo.
Heto lang hindi ko alam sir Niky, which among the two (say the Navara or Strada/Monterosport)
has the higher rail-pressure as the Navara's engine comes already with a high-rail pressure. A common sight amongst diesel EFi tuners, like that of RaceChip Pro tuners, where they, or even the owners, would still need to modify the rail of the Navara just to compensate for the added pressure brought by the tuning chip.
Cheers idol Niky!