Giants collide as the new models of the Toyota Fortuner and the Mitsubishi Montero were both launched in the first month of 2016. The two have been battling neck and neck for as long as we can remember, with the new editions only serving to stoke the fire further.
Which will come out as champ? Here's our tale of the tape:
The new top-of-the-line Fortuner, the 4x4 2.8V, has a new 2.8-liter diesel engine that produces 174-hp. This is a 13-hp improvement over the older top-spec car. Below it are a 2.4-liter diesel engine that produces 151-hp and a 2.7-liter gasoline engine that produces 163-hp. Both offer power improvements over the older generation. These engines can be paired with a six-speed auto or manual transmission.
Beyond the engines, the top-spec Fortuner (2.8V) offers these premium features: 18-inch alloy wheels, a front, driver knee, side and curtain airbags, stability control, active traction control, hill-start assist, trailer sway control, and brake assist. Both the 2.8V and the 2.4V have these features: LED headlamps with auto leveling, daytime running lights, leather seats, push-start systems, smart keyless entry, six-way driver power seats, automatic climate control, cruise control, and backing-up sensors.
Found in all the versions of the Fortuners are these enticing extras: LED brake lights, steering-wheel audio and multi-information display controls, tilt and telescoping steering column (finally), speed-sensing auto locks, 4.2-inch MID screen, and dual airbags.
The price range? The entry level 2.4G Diesel MT goes for as low as P1,386,000 while the top-of-the-line 2.8V Diesel AT goes for P2,141,000.
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Unlike the Fortuner, the all-new Montero has one engine choice: a 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine which produces 178-hp. The engine can be mated to either an eight-speed automatic with sports mode or a six-speed manual.
Its list of features read much like the Fortuner's. Mitsubishi really made safety a prime area of focus by blessing the car with these special specs: Forward Collision Mitigation system, Blind Spot Warning system, 8 SRS Airbags, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, the Mitsubishi Active Stability and Traction Control, and Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body. These features, though, will depend on the version of the Montero you're buying.
Aside from these safety features, it also boasts LED headlamps with daytime running lights, the LED taillights, the 6.75-inch capacitive discharge touchscreen monitor, the DVD and MP3 audio head unit with USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity, the dual-zone automatic climate control system, the engine start/stop button, and the power tilt-and-slide sunroof.
The price range? The entry-level GLS 2WD AT comes in at P1,500,000 while the GT 4WD AT comes in at P1,998,000.
For more photos of the Mitsubishi Montero, go here!
Now which one do you fancy? It's time to vote!
Which would you get?
The Mitsubishi Montero
The Toyota Fortuner