The Fortuner’s not the only bad boy around who’s receiving some sprucing up this time of the year as Mitsubishi’s own, spirited ride, the Montero, will also be enjoying a batch of upgrades worthy of a closer look.
Since its introduction, the Montero has always conducted itself with confidence, and is very much well-versed in the art of making its presence felt. It’s bold and adventurous as an SUV should be, yet it’s never too wild a stallion. Correct us if we’re wrong, but this is what we expect from a vehicle in this particular segment: powerful but never too hard to tame. The performance upgrades present across the various Montero models should serve to strengthen that character further, ultimately making for a more enjoyable ride.
The 2012 Montero Sport GLS V 4x2 now boasts the 5-Speed INVECS-II automatic transmission with Sportronic mode and magnesium alloy paddle shifters, which improves fuel efficiency and overall responsiveness when shifting. Every model in the series has now also been equipped with ventilated rear disc brakes to prevent brake fades. Inside, the 2012 Montero Sport sports new overhead aircon vents for both second and third row passengers. Cruise control has become a standard feature of the Montero Sport GLS V 2WD and 4WD and GTV variants for a more relaxed driving experience on highways.
As topgear.com.ph reports, Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) technology which was initially available only to automatic variants of the model is now also being fitted into the manual transmission-equipped variants of the Montero Sport, which ups the model's power output to 176hp and 400Nm of torque. Introduced earlier this year is the Montero’s fully-integrated multimedia and multi-information system in the form of a single-DIN, in-dash 7-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor and touchscreen interface.
The multimedia system is quite versatile, and interfaces with DVDs, CDs, iPod or iPhone, or other USB devices. Those who obsess over monitoring their car’s condition will be pleased with the multi-information system, which allows drivers to check fuel consumption, speed, range, direction, outside temperature, outside pressure, elevation, and periodic service maintenance reminder, among others.
Select models including the Montero Sport GTV, GLS-V 4WD, and GLS-V 2WD models now feature a Global Positioning Navigation System, while the Montero Sport GTV and GLS-V 4WD variants include the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) which monitors the air pressure and temperature of the tires constantly.
These changes, while nothing game-changing, enhances the value of the Montero, and surely bumps it up a notch in the Christmas wishlists of everyone looking for a capable SUV.
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.