Mitsubishi is ready to shake up the pickup-passenger vehicle (PPV) segment once more. After teasing the motoring public with its new face weeks ago, the 2020 Montero Sport has officially been unveiled in Thailand.
As seen from the teaser photo before, the 2020 Montero Sport gets a fresh new face. It now gets the updated look just like the Strada (Triton) pickup with its new Dynamic Shield front grill, updated front bumper design, as well as the Xpander-like headlights.
The same cannot be said, however, at the back as the rather unique taillight design has been largely carried over from the pre-facelift. Mitsubishi did update the LEDs, remove the reflectors, and added a smoked finish which gives it a more sophisticated look.
The design of the SUV's interior appears to have been largely retained. Keen-eyed viewers, however, will notice that it now has a fully-digital instrument display that replaces the traditional analogue units. In addition, there's also a bigger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, updated HVAC controls, and a new AC power outlet at the rear console for charging gadgets / phones.
Besides giving the cabin a subtle nip and tuck, Mitsubishi was also busy installing new amenities. For starters it now has a power tailgate on higher grade models for easier stowing of luggage, and a Mitsubishi Remote Control smartphone app. This feature allows the driver to receive notifications on his phone from the vehicle, unlock / lock the doors, and open or close the tailgate remotely, so as long as the phone is within Bluetooth range.
Under the hood, the 2020 Montero Sport is still powered by a 2.4-liter turbo-diesel MIVEC engine. It generates 181 PS along with 430 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Super-Select 4WD-II is available as an option. There is no word, however, if a six-speed manual version will be offered for the refreshed SUV.
Additional safety features available on the 2020 Montero Sport include: lane-change assist (LCA) and rear-cross traffic alert (RCTA).
Expect the upgraded Mitsubishi Montero Sport to arrive in the Philippines and other key markets some time next year.