When Mitsubishi Motors Philippines launched the upgraded Montero Sport last year, two things surprised us. First was the price: the Montero Sport was priced fairly higher than we expected when compared to competitor models of similar specifications. The second was that they were only launching it in only as a rear-wheel-drive (4x2) model at the time.
The 4WD version of the Montero Sport, specifically the top-spec GT Premium variant with all the bells and whistles expected of it, was going to be delayed. It seems the high specifications of the model caused the GT Premium 4WD version to be so heavy as to affect emissions; the more the weight, the more the 2.4-liter turbodiesel has to work in order to move it.
We got an explanation from one of Mitsubishi's engineers during the launch that they were working on a solution for the problem. They needed to find a way to legally (not a dieselgate-type defeat device or software) get the GT Premium 4WD to conform to our emissions standards in place; currently, that's Euro4.
The GT Premium 4WD model, as we were informed during the launch, was going to be brought to our market by the first quarter of this year once the issues were worked out. Now it seems they have...but how much will it cost?
We consulted with our senior contact, and we have an answer: according to the information we got, the facelifted and upgraded 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4WD will be launched as one variant, likely the GT Premium, and will cost PhP 2,450,000.
Why so much, you ask? Don't worry, we're wondering ourselves.
We know that Mitsubishi really wanted to upgrade the experience with the top-spec GT Premium 4WD. We're not 100% sure of the final specifications of the Philippine version, but the GT Premium 4WD in Thailand (which is where we get our Montero Sport) has the digital gauge cluster, the new M Connect infotainment system, 7 airbags, stability control, traction control, hill start assist, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, blind-spot warning, and the system called UMS which is supposed to prevent SUA, and all kinds of other features.
The model will also likely have the motorized rear tailgate that can open when you “kick” under the bumper, as well as the upgraded 4WD system from Mitsubishi; these last two features are the likely culprits that pushed the weight and caused the delay.
The PhP 2.45 million pricetag we were given by our contact strikes us as unusually high, especially when compared against the top-spec 4x4 versions of competing models.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8L Z71 4x4 costs PhP 1,998,888, while the Isuzu mu-X 3.0 LS-A 4x4 costs PhP 2,145,000. The Nissan Terra 2.5L VL 4x4 costs PhP 2,176,000 (add PhP 15,000 for Aspen Pearl White), while the new Ford Everest 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4WD costs PhP 2,299,000. The primary competitor and leading model of the class, the Toyota Fortuner in 4x4 V Diesel trim, costs PhP 2,286,000... and you can add another PhP 15,000 to the price for the White Pearl option.
We'll have to wait for the official launch to know -with certainty- what the price of the 2020 Montero Sport GT Premium 4WD really is. This is one of those rare instances that we wish the info we got was incorrectly too high or -if it is spot on- that Mitsubishi Motors Philippines change their minds and recalibrate the pricing strategy.