UPDATE 2: The all-new Montero Sport arrives in Manila (01/21).
UPDATE 1: We have driven the 2016 Montero Sport GT-Premium. Read our take here (11/9).
The next-generation PPV wars are heating up. After driving the all-new 2015-2016 Ford Everest and the global launch of the all-new 2016 Toyota Fortuner, now it’s Mitsubishi’s turn. Ladies and gentlemen, this is your all-new 2016 Montero Sport.
Known as the ‘Pajero Sport’, ‘Nativa’ and ‘Challenger’ elsewhere, this is the Montero Sport’s full re-design in seven years. Like before, it will be built at the Laem Chabang Plant in Thailand and will be sold in over 90 countries. Sales in Thailand commences in the third quarter of 2015 (autumn) with the rest of the world to follow soon thereafter.
Designed around “Stylish & Comfortable Off-road SUV” concept, the Montero Sport inherits the attributes of the luxurious Pajero nameplate. Upfront, it features Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield front face design. LED headlamps with daytime running lights also allow for a slim and memorable headlamp design. At the sides, the new high belt line design with the hard upper body crease, first seen in the Strada, continues over on the Montero Sport creating a robust and sturdy stance. Across the line, it sports 265/60R18 tires with the 4WD model gaining a two-tone design. The back is dominated by a controversial but unique tail light design that dips down the tailgate. It’s illuminated by LEDs to give it that unique glow at night.
Inside, it has a T-shaped high center console that’s more befitting a larger SUV. Filled with stylized silver finishes and black piano black inserts, it’s sporty and dynamic. It’s also quite luxurious with features such as dual-zone climate control, a touchscreen AV system with rear monitor (and wireless headphones), leather seats, and a tilt/telescopic multi-function steering wheel as available equipment. Unique to the Montero Sport is an electric parking brake (EPB) system that helps slim down the transmission tunnel giving it more knee room.
Improved top-to-bottom, the all-new Montero Sport features better stability, ride, and quietness through the optimization of the suspension system as well as improvements to the body mounts. Additional and revamped sound insulation also help in reducing interior noise.
Under the hood, the 2016 Montero Sport has a sole engine: the 2.4-liter MIVEC turbo diesel engine. It peaks out at 181 horsepower at 3,500 rpm and 430 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm. The engine, called 4N15, features an all-aluminum design and is designated as a ‘clean diesel’ capable of at least Euro 4 emission levels. Paired with this engine is an all-new 8-speed automatic with a built-in sport mode, INC (Idle Neutral Control), and G-Sensor. All-in-all, Mitsubishi says the 2016 Montero Sport should achieve up to 17 percent better fuel efficiency over its predecessor. In terms of its four-wheel drive system, it comes with the Super-Select 4WD-II system now featuring a new off-road mode which gives better all-terrain performance and stability as the road surface requires. It also has hill descent control.
Mitsubishi is taking the pole position with the Montero Sport. Aside from the RISE or Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution body, it has a total of seven airbags for full occupant protection. In terms of active safety features, aside from the prerequisite ABS with EBD, the all-new Montero Sport features a lot of firsts for the Japanese brand including: Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), and Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS). And helping it slot into small parking spaces, it has a multi-around monitor that gives a 360-degree Bird’s Eye view around the car.
Mitsubishi hopes that its all-new 2016 Montero Sport will broaden its market base around the world, especially since the outgoing Montero Sport cumulative unit sales reached 400,000 at the end of June.
- Length x Width x Height (mm): 4,785 x 1,815 x 1,800
- Wheelbase (mm): 2,800
- Front / Rear Track (mm): 1,520 / 1,515
- Turning Radius: 5.6 meters
- Engine: 2.4 MIVEC VG Turbo Diesel Engine
- Bore x Stroke: 86.0 x 105.1
- Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
- Max. Power: 181 horsepower @ 3,500 rpm
- Max. Torque: 430 Nm @ 2,500 rpm
- Fuel Tank: 68 liters
- Transmission: 8-speed automatic with Sport Mode, Idle Neutral Control + G-Sensor