Friday, October 4, 2019

The 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Arrives But Only in 2WD Guise (w/ Video)


The refreshed 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport is finally in the Philippines. It’s the same one launched in Thailand a few months back with one important difference: there’s no 4WD. That’s right, if you’re looking for the top-trim 4WD GT, you’ll have to wait for the first quarter of 2020. For now? There’s only the 2WD GLS and GT.

Upfront is the latest iteration of Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield grille. It’s more pronounced and angular than before and with a higher hood, better emphasizes the width. The headlights retain their traditional positioning, but feature new lighting elements. The front fog lamps and signal lamps are the ones that migrate from the trailing edge to the middle of the bumper, akin to the Strada. At the back, the divisive “red tear” LED taillights have been retained, but have been re-shaped, cut, and given a smoked hue to visually improve the flow. A more aggressive-looking rear spoiler, reworked license plate garnish, and new designs for the 18-inch alloy wheels complete the changes.



At first glance, the 2020 Montero Sport looks to remain largely unchanged. However, it’s managed to embrace its futuristic styling by employing an 8-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster. Replacing the traditional gauges, this multi-function display not only adds a strong high-tech vibe, but puts the Montero Sport as the first in its class to offer such a feature.

Apart from this, it offers an 8-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and Car Play and for that, it necessitated a re-do of the center console, including new climate control buttons. It also has an 8-way power adjustable driver seat, new soft-padded interior door trim, an AC outlet integrated in the second row, and a power tailgate. Finally, the Montero Sport receives the Mitsubishi Remote Control. Using a smartphone app, this will enable the vehicle to send notifications to the owner’s phone and can open and lock the car and tailgate for as long as the mobile phone is within Bluetooth range.


Underneath, the refreshed Montero Sport retains the 2.4-liter MIVEC diesel engine. While its outputs remain changed (181 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque), work has been done to improve its overall refinement. Mated to this engine is an 8-speed automatic. The rear suspension has also been updated for a more refined ride.

For safety, the 2020 Montero Sport comes with 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, hill start assist, hill descent control, and a multi-view camera system.

The 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport is available in 6 colors: Jet Black, Medium Red, Titanium Gray, Sterling Silver Metallic, and White Diamond. While there will more upcoming variants including a base GLX M/T and a top-trim 4WD GT, for now, there are only two variants: the GLS 2WD for P 1,769,000 and the GLS GT for P 1,998,000.

2 comments:

  1. Saan showroom po sya available for viewing?

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  2. Familiarity breeds contempt. The previous iteration of the Montero looks better. Mitsubishi should just cut the chrome in the front and kept it distinctively different from its siblings. Now it looks like the Strada and the Xpander. The tail light was unnecessarily shorten too. If I'm a buyer of a Montero I'd rather buy the current one. I find it more classy.

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