October 04, 2019 By Paolo de Borja Photos by Nicolas A. Calanoc

Mitsubishi PH launches 2020 Montero Sport

With an updated exterior and upgraded interior

The madly contested Ladder Frame SUV segment just got even more interesting.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) has officially revealed the new and updated 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport. It has been one of the most sought after vehicles in the segment since it was introduced to the local market in 2008. More than a decade later and faced with fiercer competition, Mitsubishi is stepping it up with this facelifted model.

  1. 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GLS 2.4D 4×2 AT – PhP 1,769,000.00
  2. 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 2.4D 4×2 AT – PhP 1,998,000.00

The manufacturer is offering the new Montero Sport in two variants — GLS 2WD and GT 2WD. MMPC said that there is a possibility of a four-wheel drive trim in the future, but a single drivetrain will be available on the Montero Sport for the meantime.

The most pronounced change on the Montero Sport is how it looks outside. Similar to the Xpander and the updated Strada, the SUV now features the second-generation Dynamic Shield design language of Mitsubishi. It is apparent on the front grille, redesigned bumper, and new LED headlights with daytime running lights. Take a closer look and find that the Montero Sport now stands higher than the pre-facelifted model thanks to a higher hood design. The rear also gets updates, highlighted by a new roof-mounted spoiler and revamped smoked LED taillights that fits more seamlessly with the overall design. Completing the exterior look are new 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the Montero Sport flaunts some significant upgrades. Taking over the pre-facelift’s conventional set-up is a new 8-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster for the GT grade. For entertainment, an 8-inch touchscreen dons the dashboard. The updated system now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with Tomtom Navigation as standard. At first glance, the new interior feels more premium overall. It features added soft-touch materials on the door panels with new aluminum touches.

Under the hood of the 2020 Montero Sport is the same 4N15 2.4-liter inline 4 MIVEC diesel engine found on the pre-facelifted model. It’s mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission with Sports Mode. The powertrain produces 178 bhp and 317 lb-ft of torque.

When it comes to safety and convenience, the range-topping Montero Sport GT now flaunts an automatic tailgate with a handsfree function —  a feature existing on all top-grade models in the hotly contested segment. Active Stability and Traction Control (M-ASTC) now comes standard and is combined with hill start assist, hill descent control, trailer stability assist, reverse sensors and camera, and six airbags. The GLS 2WD gets four airbags.

One of the more successful products in the segment, the Montero Sport has generally been well-received in the market since being introduced over a decade ago. And with the arrival of players and old competition ramping up their game recently, Mitsubishi refuses to lag behind.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Location Front, Transversal
Displacement 2,442 cc
Cylinder Block Aluminum Alloy
Cylinder Head Aluminum, dohc, 4 valves per cylinder, MIVEC, Turbocharged (VGT) and Intercooled DI-Diesel
Fuel Injector Common Rail Direct Injection
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 176 bhp @ 3,500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 317 lb/ft @ 2,500 rpm
Drag Coefficient (cd) 0.45 cd
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sports Mode

Engine

Suspension System Front: Double Wishbone with Coil Springs and Stabilizer Bar | Rear: 3-Link Coil Springs with Stabilizer Bar
Brakes Front: 12.60” (320 mm) Ventilated Discs with Single-Piston Aluminum Fixed Calipers | Rear: 11.6” (295 mm) Solid Discs with Single-Piston Aluminum Fixed Calipers
Wheels 18" x 7.5JJ Alloy Two Tone
Tires 265 / 60 R18 110H

Weight and dimensions

Length 4,785mm
Width 1,815mm
Height 1,805mm
Wheelbase (mm) 2,800mm
Curb Weight 1,935 kg (4266 lbs.)

Performance

Top Speed 180 km/h (112 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 10.0 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 12.3 km/L Overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 1,988,000.00
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