The Mitsubishi Montero Sport Black Series is a winning formula, but is it worth the price?

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by Jason Tulio | Jun 4, 2022
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What have we here?

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This is the Montero Sport Black Series, so named because it has black bits all around. This was launched by Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) at the start of this year. The whole blacked-out thing is something Mitsubishi has also done with the Xpander and the Strada. This version comes in 2WD configuration.

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What’s different?

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Aesthetics, really. The Montero Sport Black Series features black gloss 18-inch alloy wheels, while the grille, headlamp extensions, and front and rear bumper garnishes likewise get dark elements. You also get a black roof with roof rails and a spoiler. It’s a good looking thing, really, especially in this Diamond White shade that provides a stark contrast to the overall theme. 

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What else does it offer?

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It offers most of what you get in the other 2WD AT variant. You get amenities here like an eight-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, built-in GPS, second-row USB port and a 220V power socket, active stability and traction control, hill-start assist, trailer stability assist, and a 360-degree monitor. 

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But you also get goodies you could only previously get in the top-spec 4WD version. The list includes six airbags (versus two in the GLS 2WD AT and seven in the GT 4WD AT), forward collission mitigation, ultrasonic misacceleration mitigation system, an LCD instrument display, an A/C with air-cleaning function, and power tailgate. 

What’s it like on the road?

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Near perfect, to be honest. The midsize SUV segment has long been one of the most competitive in the land, but the Montero Sport has continuously shone through with its good handling, commendable ride comfort, and brand presence. This current face-lifted edition of the third-generation model runs on a 2.4-liter in-line-four turbodiesel with 178hp and 430Nm of torque.

The SUV is torquey to the touch, with the handling proving plenty agile and capable of taking on all the engine has to offer. One advantage this refresh has over the old version is that MMPC made some minor tweaks to the suspension to make the ride more comfortable for rear passengers. The difference is certainly noticeable, too. Kudos all around, Mitsubishi. 

How much does it cost?

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As of this writing, the Montero Sport Black Series costs P2,025,000. This makes it more P254,000 more expensive than the GLS 2WD AT, and P316,000 cheaper than the GT 4WD AT. 

Right in the middle, then. Worth it? 

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For my money, no. With no mechanical differences between this and the GLS 2WD AT, the blacked-out bits and few extra features aren’t enough to justify the price gap. For a quarter of a milllion less, you can get the same driving experience minus a few safety features and creature comforts.

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Still, the Black Series is a beauty to look at, isn’t it? 

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