If you look at the prices of 4x4 mid-size SUVs these days, you won't find anything for under Php 2,000,000. Four-wheel-drive seven-seat SUVs retail for Php 2.1 million at the very least, and they easily shoot up to nearly Php 2.5 million these days.
The most expensive off-road-ready SUV you can get is the Montero Sport GT 4x4. This SUV retails for a whopping Php 2,450,000. At this point, you're probably wondering what justifies that price tag. After all, the GT 4x2 isn't what you'd call bare. The thing is, if you opt for the GT 4x4, you get first-in-class features and heaps more safety kit. This, perhaps, is the safest and most high-tech Montero Sport you can buy right now.
The Montero Sport GT 4x4 is equipped with forward collision warning, forward collision mitigation (also known as automatic emergency braking), blind-spot warning, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert. An auto-dimming rear-view mirror is also standard, along with a knee-airbag for the driver. That brings the Montero Sport GT 4x4's airbag count to seven.
The 4x4 also has Mitsubishi's Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS). In an event of pedal misapplication, this system slams on the brakes when an obstacle is detected. UMS can also work in reverse, which gives additional protection for occupants and pedestrians. It also has an adaptive cruise control standard and the 4x4 is the only variant that has it. With that feature, you no longer have to constantly adjust cruise control because it does it for you.
Perhaps the most novel feature this SUV has is the Mitsubishi Remote Control. By downloading the app, you can do various vehicle functions from your smartphone. Some of the things you can do include opening and closing windows, control the lights and even turn on or shut off the engine. It also comes with a vehicle reminder which informs the owner of anything that has been left on, open, or unlocked. Checking vehicle stats like fuel economy and range can be done from your phone. Plus, it even has a car locator to make finding your car in the parking lot much easier.
Like the 4x2 models, the Montero Sport GT 4x4 is powered by the same 2.4-liter MIVEC turbodiesel. It makes 181 PS and 430 Nm of torque and it shifts with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The four-wheel-drive system has a center locking differential, along with four drive settings and four terrain control settings. With its retuned suspension, that should make it even more capable off-road.
So, do you think the Montero Sport 4x4 GT is worth the extra cash? The only way we'll know is when we get our hands on it, and we're looking forward to testing it out soon.