Mitsubishi Motors has re-launched the Montero SUV (also known as Pajero in some market) in 2016 in India after stopping production of this model for a few years. The Japanese automakers have given aggressive tweaks to the previous product and presented a rugged look staying true to its off-roading credentials. The SUV will come to India as Completely Built Units (CBUs). Montero does not have the frills and fancies of the premium SUVs, but its superior off-roading DNA helps it to keep it going even when many others in the segment give up.
Montero is the largest automobile manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors. The third generation Montero measures 4900 millimeters in length, 1875 millimeters in breadth and 1870 millimeters in height. It comes with the typical boxy external styling which is a signature of the SUVs. The massive front grille comes with horizontal chrome slates offering a sporty look. The bonnet has small air intakes helping in channeling air to sufficiently cool the engine pistons. Active participation of Mitsubishi in many racing events helped in mastering this technology. The upgraded swanky headlights have good discharge output enabling better visibility of the road. The DRLs now gets integrated into the bumper, seating beside the foglamp. In the rear end, there is a spare wheel with body colored top-cover bailing you out during an emergency.
Montero has a very spacious cabin and getting in and out of the SUV is quite easy even for the aged or healthy travelers thanks to the low seat height. The tall riders can also enjoy ample head room and leg room in both the front and second row in this vehicle because of the high-raked roofline. Though the seats seem to be bit flat, they are quite spacious and comfortable, and the front ones are electrically operable. The third row of seats can be easily folded on the floor generating 1000 Litres of boot space. If the need arises, you may also wrap the middle row, creating another 700 Litres of luggage space proving the utilitarian nature of the SUV. There is a large electrically operable panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control air cons, and 2-Din touch-screen system taking care of the entertainment of the car. However, it misses out on the USB port, navigation unit, and a keyless stop-start system.
The most striking feature of Montero is its powerful 3.2-liter, direct-injection diesel engine churning out a maximum power of 192hp at 3,800rpm and a torque of 441Nm at 2,000rpm. The motor delivers dynamic performance and smoother torque delivery. A five-speed automatic gearbox supplies power to all the wheels. There is sonar in the SUV detecting the presence of submerged rocks while passing through water, staying true to its off-roading credentials.
Previously, Mitsubishi Montero could not capture the interest of the automobile lovers and generated limited sales mainly due to its whopping price tag of INR 40 lakhs. This time Mitsubishi is retailing it at INR 71.06 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai), and catapulting the SUV in the league of BMW X5, Volvo XC90, Audi Q7, Jaguar F-Pace, and Mercedes GLS. The industry experts are now excited to see the reaction among the public as the already successful German brands offer fierce competition with their top-notch features and colossal brand value.
The car has excellent off-roading capabilities. You can drive it to the mountains, forest, or even over the stream. There are substantial safety features including ABS with EBD, multiple airbags, and brake assist and Electronic Stability Program (ESP). The cabin is very spacious, and the riders feel comfortable both in the front and middle row even during long journeys. The third-row seats are bit cramp and tight for healthy adults. The infotainment system is dated and does not offer upgraded apps like Apple CarPlay or USB support. The pricing of the car is a bit too high.
Finally, we can say that if you are looking for an off-roading vehicle which will take you anywhere possible, then Mitsubishi Montero is the right one for you.