The Mitsubishi Montero Sports stands high and proud with an extrovert design that really seeks to project its tough off-road capabilities. The front end Dynamic Shield fascia is eye-catching, as is the liberal application of chrome on the front outlining the grille and swept headlamps plus the distinctive rear LED taillight design with an LED rim. It has a well-chiselled and edgy look, primarily dominated by the ‘Dynamic Shield’ fascia and the muscular wheel arches.
The interior design is a significant improvement on the previous generation. It follows the message of the dynamic exterior design and gives a modern and more premium Pajero-like feel. The seats are wrapped in leather and seem to be better contoured for superior comfort during long drives. The new four-spoke steering wheel is designed to mimic the front fascia while giving the driver easy access to a plethora of controls at his fingertips.
The second row of the new Montero Sport is now more comfortable with better bolstered seating as well as a centre headrest to better seat three passengers. The third row has also been improved with a spring-loaded one-pull mechanism to stow. It still comes with the small storage box to provide a fully-flat rear floor with the seats tucked in.
It was clear Mitsubishi paid plenty of attention to the quality of the materials and the consistency of the build. The ‘Dynamic Shield’ theme continues to the steering wheel, and the leather wrap is very comfortable to the touch.
The powerful V6 engine is a robust performer whatever the terrain, while Mitsubishi’s first eight-speed automatic gearbox delivers a smoother and more luxurious ride, wherever you go.
Safety is paramount, so the Montero Sport also gets an integrated stability and traction control system, tyre pressure monitoring system, ISO-Fix anchors (for child seats), and an electronic parking brake. There’s even a Forward Collision Mitigation System (FMCS), similar to what other manufacterers use, to brake their vehicles at city speeds if it senses an impending collision. Now that’s progress!
ENGINE 3.0 litre 24-valve, V6 MIVEC
MAX POWER 216 hp (161kW) @ 6,000 rpm
MAX TORQUE 285 Nm (210 lb-ft) @ 4,000 rpm
TRANSMISSION Eight-speed automatic with Super Select between 2WD and three grades of 4WD
EXTERIOR Very striking new Dynamic Shield front fascia looks more like a design concept rather than a production vehicle; wrap-around front bumpers and integrated skid plate give it its unmistakable appearance while the chrome-trimmed grille, LED headlights and LED daytime running lights radiate an even more advanced and high end design; strong character line stretching from the headlight to the rear gives a clean and sleek look; large and distinctive rear LED taillights
INTERIOR Controls are logically placed for easy reach and operation; high-contrast instrument cluster provides excellent clarity while the full-colour central LCD display shows all of the necessary information, without cluttering the dashboard; front seats are designed with multi-layer cushioning that give great lumbar and lateral support; with class-leading wheelbase of 2,585 millimetres, even the third row seats offer ample head and knee room.
SAFETY 3-point advanced seatbelts for all seats; front, side and curtain airbags; keyless operation; engine start button; ventilated disc brakes; active stability and traction control; all-terrain confidence; Mitsubishi reinforced RISE body
Qatar Automobiles Co will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the new Mitsubishi Montero Sport or any of its cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 4469 9665 or visit their website.
The prices are attractive, as is usually the case at Mitsubishi. So the smart choice is for you right now is to see this great car for yourself and chat to the staff at the Mitsubishi showroom on Salwa Road, Al Waab Zone. They will be eager to show it off to you and answer all your questions.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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