"Can you handle the power?"
This text is found in the brochure of the much-awaited Mitsubishi Montero Sport, which has been a hot topic in various car forums since the beginning of the year. After all, rumor has it the incoming Montero Sport boasts more power to please sport-utility vehicle fanatics.
So are the speculations correct?
According to Mitsubishi Motors Philippines, the new Montero Sport is powered by a 2.5-liter DOHC DI-D engine with variable geometry turbo (VGT) that can deliver 175hp at 4,000rpm and 350Nm at 1,800rpm to 3,500rpm.
The brochure of the Montero Sport GTV 4x4 further reads: "The Magnesium Alloy paddle shifter and the new 5-speed INVECS II automatic transmission provides both driving convenience and excitement at the flick of the finger."
The four-wheel-drive Montero Sport also comes with a hybrid limited slip differential, which promises "excellent off-road response, combining the torque sensing benefit of helical gears and speed-sensing of a viscous coupling unit, all designed to work together with ABS."
Aside from the GTV variant, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines is also going to introduce the Montero Sport GLS V 4x2, which comes with a four-speed INVECS II automatic transmission. With the same 2.5-liter engine with VGT, the 4x2 variant can deliver the same power offered by the GTV variant.
Now we wait for Mitsubishi to officially announce the pricing for the new Montero Sport variants.