These days, a top of the line Mitsubishi Montero Sport is knocking on the door of Php 2.5 million. The 4x4 GT now retails for Php 2,450,000, which could come as a bit of a shock for some. But as it turns out, that's not even the most expensive Montero Sport you can get.
If you head to Thailand, there's the Pajero Sport Elite, and it's the most loaded and luxurious version of the mid-sized SUV you can get. It also comes with features exclusive to this variant, and this new Elite Edition is Mitsubishi's response to the recently introduced Fortuner Legender Edition.
To make it stand out from the standard Pajero Sport/Montero Sport models, the Elite replaces most of its chrome trimmings with gloss black highlights. The grill is now finished in high-gloss black, as well as the front apron. The trim pieces that flank the grille are also de-chromed as it's now painted in silver metallic. There's also the ever-so-trendy 'Pajero Sport' block lettering on the edge of the hood.
Then there's the obligatory set of black wheels, again with a glossy finish. The roof and roof rails are also done in black, with the latter typically finished in matte silver on standard models. Also blacked out is its tailgate spoiler, as well as the lower rear bumper garnish. There are still a few chrome bits on the SUV, namely the door handles, side mirror caps, and license plate garnish. Last but not least is the Elite Edition badge, which is subtly displayed on the tailgate.
Inside, the Elite Edition has a different color theme. Instead of black and grey, Mitsubishi added brown to the mix. All of the seats are trimmed in brown leatherette, and it comes with something called 'Quole Modure'. Mitsubishi claims that this material reflects heat and keeps the seats cooler under the sun compared to standard synthetic leather.
Quole Modure is something rather helpful in the Southeast Asian region where temperatures easily get close to 40 degrees Celcius. We'd like to see that material applied in all Mitsubishi vehicles in the future. Other standard equipment includes an on-board recorder (another way of saying built-in dashcam), illuminated scuff plates on all doors, and black Pajero Sport badging on the glovebox lid.
The Elite Edition also has something we don't get in our Montero Sport. On top of the stability control, automatic emergency braking, misacceleration mitigation, and lane-keeping assist (to name a few), this range-topping Pajero Sport/Montero Sport comes with more cameras. Exclusive to this variant is a 360-degree view camera which gives the driver a bird's-eye view of their surroundings. The driver can also select which camera to view as well. It even comes standard with adaptive cruise control, a feature that was once reserved for luxury vehicles.
If Mitsubishi Motors Philippines decides to bring this variant in, don't expect it to be priced low. Directly converted from Thai Baht, the four-wheel-drive Elite Edition starts at Php 2,588,777, over Php 100,000 more than the GT 4WD model. If they will sell it here, the Elite Edition will easily be the country's most expensive pick-up-based mid-sized SUV.
The only question now is, is anyone willing to pay that kind of money for a fully-equipped Montero Sport?