Mitsubishi Montero Mileage
Mitsubishi Montero Review
Mitsubishi, the Japanese car maker, has been in India for over two decades. The company started with the Lancer sedan which was succeeded by the Cedia. In 2004 Mitsubishi launched the new Pajero officially and also added the Montero to its portfolio along with the Outlander SUV. Mitsubishi has always managed to find patronage amongst enthusiasts and racers but somehow could not break into the mainstream market.
The Montero SUV is the largest SUV in the Mitsubishi line-up. It was discontinued in 2014 and has been brought back for another innings. It has the typical boxy lines of an SUV, a dominating front fascia and a twin slat chrome grille. The front bumper doesn’t extend low to enhance the approach angles and it has LED daytime running lamps integrated with fog lamp housing. The three cab side profile with the flared wheel arches and large wheel wells with chunky tyres add brawn to the boxy design. The tail gate has the spare wheel mounted right in the centre with a sleek body coloured cover. The tiny clear lens tail lamps blend into the sides.
The interior is simple, chunky and functional. While it may look a bit dated with its plaid layout, it gets everything you require in a modern luxury SUV. The upholstery is in leather and the four-spoke steering wheel gets control buttons. The instrument cluster binnacle reads out the speed and engine revs on traditional analog clocks. The climate control has separate blowers for the rear passengers to ensure uniform cooling throughout the large cabin. The 2-Din touch-screen system comes replete with Bluetooth and other connectivity options along with navigation. The Montero gets an electrically operated sunroof as standard.
On the safety front, you have ABS with EBD, brake assist and ESP that help you avoid mishaps. The xenon projector headlamps ensure good visibility for night driving. The safety net of dual front airbags, side airbags and curtain airbags ensures the well-being of occupants in case of a crash. The front seats are electrically adjustable as well as ventilated. The rear seats are adjustable for recline and can be folded up along with the third row seats to open up a large loading bay.
The Montero is powered by a 3.2-litre direct injection diesel engine. The inline four cylinder turbocharged diesel mill develops 189bhp of power at 3800 rpm and 441Nm of torque from 2000rpm. The four valves per cylinder engine is mated to a five-speed torque converter automatic transmission with four-wheel drive and sports mode.
The Montero ideally competed with the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and at the price point at which it is being offered in India, it also competes with the Volvo XC90, the entry-level Audi Q7, the top-spec Land Rover Discovery Sport and the entry-level BMW X5.