2016 Mitsubishi Montero

Although great body-on-frame SUV is not available in the US for nearly a decade, seems like its producer decided to spice things up. New generation will not start with the 2016 Mitsubishi Montero, but Sport variant of the model will announce its big return. The new generation, however is set for 2018 model year, when Mitsubishi will present hybrid version of the model. The model is known under the name Mitsubishi Pajero in Europe, where its fourth generation (starting from 2006) still lasts.

2016 Mitsubishi Montero Front

2016 Mitsubishi Montero design

The new look of the 2016 Mitsubishi Montero Sport version is inspired by 2016 Outlander, and comes with some interesting details. It has overall more aerodynamic body shape than its predecessor. Front end is also modernized, with more swept-back headlights. Grille is wide and entire front end is accentuated with chrome details.  The biggest difference is made on the rear end though. It features stretched taillights trough tall belt line and down to the bumper. Entire look of the model is inspired by GR-HEV concept.

Interior of the model is luxurious yet simple. It has leather upholstery and simple dash and seats design. Montero will continue to offer enough room for 7 passengers. On the center of the dash is placed big touchscreen connected with infotainment system.

2016 Mitsubishi Montero Interior

2016 Mitsubishi Montero engine

2016 Mitsubishi Montero shares the platform with L200 pickup, while the two are expected to share some engines too. Although precise performance specs are not revealed yet, some sources predict what we can expect. Considering that there assumptions come from reliable sources, it will, most likely, come to reality. So, new Montero’s base engine is a 3.0-liter V-6, rated at 224 horsepower. Optional engine is 2.4-liter MIVEC turbo diesel engine, rated at 178 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. Both will be combined with new 8-speed automatic transmission.  Hybrid powertrain will combine gasoline V6 engine with 2 electric motors.

2016 Mitsubishi Montero Rear

2016 Mitsubishi Montero rivals

In its category, Montero will face various competitors, which are quite different. Versatility and power of the Montero will be faced with the pickup-based Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford Everest, Isuzu MU-X and Toyota Fortuner.

2016 Mitsubishi Montero price and release date

Pricing specs are not revealed yet, although he model is not expected to go far from the current price tag. This means starting price should be around $35,000 or slightly more than that, while the release date will probably happen sometime in early 2016.

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