Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: AutoIndustriya.com, Mitsubishi | posted November 11, 2015 17:38
Speccing up the old against the new Montero Sport
Mitsubishi PH recently made a buzz after launching the local website of the upcoming 2016 Montero Sport. Aside from providing some technical details of the all-new Montero Sport, the automaker is also offering an 'earlybird' discount for those that want to reserve a unit of their own before it even arrives in the country.
With a more pronounced exterior design and packing new automotive/safety technology, the all-new Montero Sport is poised to take a large portion of the pickup platform vehicle (PPV) segment next year.
But what type of features will the new Montero Sport bring that the outgoing model doesn't have?
We get to grips with both PPVs and compared them with one another to find out how the 2015 model faired against the newer third-generation model.
Starting with the exterior, the 2016 Montero Sport is 90mm longer than the predecessor but retains the 1,815mm width. The 2015 model is taller than the upcoming 2016 model but the former comes with roof rail measurements. The 2,800mm wheelbase has been carried over though.
Its wading depth has increased from 600mm to 700m and ground clearance has been improved by 3mm as well; from 215mm to 218mm. The best-in-class 5.6-meter turning radius was preserved, now with reduced lock-to-lock turns.
Over to the powertrain, the new all-aluminum engine may be smaller by 0.1-liter but it now benefits from MIVEC and is certified as a Clean Diesel engine (Euro IV), which makes for lesser C02 emissions. The 2.5-liter motor produces 178 PS and 350 Nm of torque while the new 2.4-liter puts out 181 PS and 430 Nm of torque.
The 4- and 5-speed automatic transmissions will be succeeded by a new 8-speed automatic gearbox for top-end models with a 6-speed AT for lower variants. Those that prefer manual gear-changing will be glad to know that the 5-speed gearbox will also be replaced by a new 6-speed manual. The Super Select 4WD-II system is electronically controlled, and has additional functions via the configurable Off-Road mode. Asides from the typical 2WD and 4WD, and Center and Rear Diff lock settings, the Off-Road mode can be specifically set for Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock.
In terms of safety, the outgoing model only gets anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, dual SRS airbags and a reverse camera (GTV only). The 2016 Montero Sport, on the other hand, gets a plethora of new safety features and driver aids.
Some of the features that are available in high-end models include active traction and stability control, hill start assist, blind spot warning and trailer stability assist.
UPDATE: We were contacted by Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation and clarified that local units will not be equipped with the Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation system.
Other onboard features that are new to the 2016 Montero Sport include: electronic parking brake, automatic climate control, multi-information display and a new touchscreen infotainment system that supports smartphone mirroring.
With an array of new technologies that aim to make the most out of the PPV, the all-new Montero Sport appears to be setting its sights against the 2015 Ford Everest. Mitsubishi's stake in the PPV segment is slated to arrive next year.