Who says that this best selling Sport Utility Vehicle in the country can’t get any better? Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) is bringing more excitement with the release of the 2012 Montero Sport. The 2012 model offers more refinements and technological advancements to make the ride more enjoyable.
The 2012 Montero Sport GLS V 4×2 automatic is now equipped with the 5-Speed INVECS-II automatic transmission with Sportronic mode and Magnesium Alloy paddle shifters for better fuel efficiency and on demand shift action during spirited driving. The rear brakes have also been revised to feature ventilated discs for those fade-free stops. Going inside the 2012 Montero Sport, cooling efficiency has been improved as it now features overhead aircon vents for both second and third row passengers. Cruise Control is also an added standard feature of the Montero Sport GLS V 2WD and 4WD and GTV variants. The cruise control provides convenience and relaxed driving specially on highways and long stretches.
Early this year, MMPC introduced the VGT technology for the automatic variants of the Montero Sport and the Strada. The Variable Geometry Turbo technology reduces the lag time and increases overall efficiency across the entire RPM range. Aside from being powerful, durable and dependable, this engine has been noted to be, responsive and economical. It is because of the VGT that made the 4D56 2.5 liter 4 In-line DOHC 16-Valve Turbocharged and Intercooled Direct Injection Diesel produces 178PS and 350 Nm of torque. Now for 2012, the manual transmission variants of the Montero Sport gets VGT but the news gets even better: 178PS and 400Nm of torque.
The Montero Sport is also the first in its class to feature a fully-integrated Multimedia and Multi-Information System in a very convenient and user-friendly package. The dealer option entertainment system features 1-DIN In-Dash 7 inch Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitor with touch screen interface, DVD/CD/ MP3 AAC/WMA/ WAV/ Tuner with preset stations. The Multimedia Entertainment System also ensures versatility in function for any media you use it with whether playing DVDs/VCDs/CDs, iPod or iPhone, or USB devices. Accessing the vehicle’s vital information such as Fuel Consumption, Speed, Range, Direction (Compass), Outside Temperature, Outside Pressure, Elevation, and Periodic Service Maintenance reminder is now made easier with just a touch on the LCD screen in this new Multi Information Display System. In addition, Montero Sport GTV, GLS-V 4WD, and GLS-V 2WD models are equipped with Global Positioning Navigation System which will assist the driver to navigate easily through various thoroughfares. Integrated also to the Multi-Information system of the Montero Sport GTV and GLS V 4WD variants is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) which relays the real time condition of all tires such as air pressure and temperature.
Extensive research and development were invested to ensure that the Montero Sport will provide superior riding comfort than the competition. The excellent riding comfort of the Montero Sport is made possible by its front double wishbones with coil springs, and a rear 3-link coil suspension with a long trailing arm design. Both ends are fitted with stabilizer bars to reduce body roll during cornering. A power assisted rack and pinion steering system provides good road feel, better response, and a class leading turning radius of only 5.6 meters.
Safety is also top of mind with the Montero Sport as it is made using the RISE technology. RISE or Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution makes the passenger cabin very safe in the event of an accident by absorbing the impact and providing a safety cocoon for the passengers. Other standard safety features are dual front SRS airbags and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that works in tandem with the Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).
For the 4×4 variants, Montero Sport GTV and GLS V are equipped with the Super Select 4WD system which is the same type found on the current Pajero. The secret of this system is its synchronized free-wheel front differential which lets the driver switch from 2WD to high-range 4WD even at speeds up to 100 km/h – and back at any speed with just a movement of the lever. The Montero Sport GTV is also equipped with a hybrid type limited slip differential which provides additional assurance that power will be transmitted as positive traction to all wheels.
The Montero Sport is available in eight colors: Gemstone Grey Mica, Cool Silver, Sedona Red, Savanna White, Pyrenese Black, Claysoil Beige, Lorenz Blue Mica, and Quartz Brown. Mitsubishi Motors Philippines will back it up with a 3-year or 100,000 kilometer warranty. Suggested Retail Price for the 2012 Montero Sport 2.5 GTV 4WD is P1,708,000, GLS V 4WD is P 1,530,000, GLS V 2WD is P 1,448,000 and P1,330,000 for the GLX V Limited 2WD.