The Mitsubishi Montero Sport started life as an affordable pickup-based alternative to the popular Pajero. As the gap between the two grew bigger over the years, the smaller SUV became the stronger seller and continued to improve with every passing generation. Let's take a look at what makes this midsize SUV a superstar in its segment.
1) The aggressive face
The current-gen Montero Sport is a giant leap forward in terms of design. Up front it wears an aggressive version of the Japanese brand’s distinctive Dynamic Shield corporate face. Mitsubishi says it's essentially a fusion of the upper grille of a Pajero (representing protection) and the lower grille of an Evo (representing performance). Meanwhile, the sides get sharp creases and muscular wheel arches, and the rear is dominated by funky taillamps that extend down to the rear bumpers. From any angle, this SUV stands out.
2) Safe travels
The Montero Sport received excellent ratings from the ASEAN NCAP. It boasts of a Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution body structure, and can be equipped with up to seven airbags depending on the variant. ABS with EBD is standard across the board, while traction control is reserved for mid and upper trim levels. Features like a Forward Collision Mitigation System and a Blind Spot Warning system are available on the range-topping GT variant.
3) The little engine that could
The beating mechanical heart that lurks beneath the Montero Sport's hood is a 2.4-liter Euro 4 MIVEC Clean diesel engine. It may not be as big as the mills of its rivals, but it delivers. This oil-burner produces 178hp and 430Nm of torque. This motor can be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. It can be had with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
4) Comfy cabin
The driver-oriented interior is upscale and car-like. Extra points go to its attention to passenger comfort. On the tech side, it comes with a touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a DVD player.