Mitsubishi have struggled in the North American market in recent times. Sales had been dipping and some reports even claimed that Mitsubishi was mulling to leave the continent completely. However, it seems they are giving it one last throw of the dice. They are re-launching the vehicle they had removed from the North American market back in 2006. It’s the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero – an SUV that will come out with an aim to help the Japanese company pick itself up in the continent.
2018 Mitsubishi Montero: Powertrain Options
The 2018 Montero is basically a mid-size SUV which will compete directly with some serious competition such as the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and alike. Compared to the predecessor, the new generation model will have to make some serious enhancements and changes, especially in the tech department and under the hood.
For instance, the Montero was and will stay very popular for its off-roading capabilities. Therefore Mitsubishi will be careful not to compromise on the vehicle’s power. The 2018 Mitsubishi Montero will come with a powerful engine. You can expect a naturally aspirated 6-cylinder engine, which should be capable of producing up to 300 hp. The latest speculation also suggests that the manufacturer might offer a hybrid drivetrain as well. This system will combine a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a 60 kW electric motor. The SUV will reportedly be able to cross around 20 miles without any help of the gasoline engine.
Exterior and Interior
Mitsubishi had displayed their GC-PHEV Concept at the Geneva Auto Show in 2014 and now it seems that the 2018 Montero will be quite similar to it. As photos of test mules show, the size of this upcoming SUV will be quite similar to the current models. However, use of lighter materials will definitely result in a significant reduction weight in this big sports utility vehicle.
On the outside, the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero will have designs that draw inspiration from both the GC-PHEV and the current Pajero Sport. A grille with chrome finishing and a silver-color bumper will give this SUV a tough and aggressive look. Redesigned LED daytime running lights and fog lamps will adorn the front end. Mitsubishi will provide standard 17-inch alloy wheels which come standard with the new Pajero as well.
Since dimensions will get bigger, the interior space will increase in the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero too. This vehicle typically offers 7 seats. The latest model too will come with similar seating although increased space will mean more storage room; cargo space will be more. Top quality leather will cover these seats as Mitsubishi will look to offer an elegant and comfortable experience.
Leather will also cover the dashboard which will again enable the interiors to ooze elegance and class. Wooden panels with some sleek design and chrome finish will ensure the vehicle keeps up the luxury tag. 2018 Mitsubishi Montero will have all the latest infotainment features that the modern day customer needs. An all new audio and navigation system is expected to come with this vehicle.
Price Range and Release Date
The features mentioned above clearly shows that Mitsubishi is taking this SUV quite seriously and hoping for a similar reaction from customers. A price of the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero will most likely range from $30,000 to $50,000. There is no official information regarding the release date, but we expect to see it before the end of this year.