Mitsubishi Motors Philippines unveils officially the 2009 Montero Sport 4x4 as an additional model to reinforce its current SUV line up. Mitsubishi's strong heritage in SUVs plus the experience it learns from the grueling Dakar rallies are testimonies that the Montero Sport is one remarkable SUV.
The Montero Sport's urban styling is a sharp departure from the boxy styling of conventional 4x4s. Its muscular presence and high ground clearance projects an image of rugged durability yet the sleek profile hints at its passenger-car like performance. Though large in dimensions, it still offers nimble handling and parking maneuverability.
This Japan-built SUV, has a strong front end and burly image, deriving its rightful heritage from the bigger Pajero. Multi-reflector halogen headlamps and fog lamps offer excellent illumination while the vertically slanting grill with chrome accent reinforces its sophisticated urban look. The low floor height and cabin increases practicality which delivers passenger-car like driving posture and access. And at the same time, this lower stance also promises stability. The crisp lines, bulging curves and low overall height create a unique functional design that looks striking whether parked in your garage, cruising the city, or carving the twisty back roads.
From the genuine leather seats to the intelligently laid out switches and controls, the interior of the 2009 Montero Sport 4x4 exudes luxurious comfort from an SUV. Seats can be configured variably to accommodate most hauling requirements. For hi-fi entertainment, the Montero Sport has Mitsubishi Motors Audio Design that can play MP3s, CDs, USB Ready plus a Bluetooth devise pairing for handsfree function complemented with 6 speakers.
The Montero Sport's heart is the 4M41 3200 cc turbocharged 3.2L Common Rail Intercooled Turbocharged DI-D diesel engine which has a maximum output of 163PS at 3,500 rpm and torque of 343N-m at 2,000 rpm. Aside from being durable and dependable, this engine has been noted to be quiet, responsive and economical. Its transmission boasts a powerful INVECS-II 4-Speed A/T with Sportronic Mode.
The smooth car-like ride of the Montero Sport can be credited to its front double wishbones sprung by torsion bars and the rear's 3-link suspension on coil springs. Both ends of the Montero Sport are fitted with stabilizer bars to reduce body roll during cornering. Anchoring this SUV to a quick stop are Vacuum Brake Booster at the front and 16" Ventilated Dis. Braking action are always checked by its Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) which works in tandem with the Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) that regulates brake bias in the front and rear as load changes.
The Montero Sport's body was designed and built to assure a high level of safety in the event of a collision. Passive safety items include the leading and trailing areas of the ladder frame chassis that are designed to crush progressively to absorb collision impact. Front occupants reduce the risk of being injured in a collision thanks to its dual SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) Dual Stage airbags and 3-point ELR with Pretensioner, Force Limiter and Adjustable Anchor seatbelts. The second row is equipped with 3P ELR X2 Seatbelt and 2P Lapbelt while 3rd Row is armed with a 3P ELR x2 type.
The 2009 Montero Sport 4x4 comes in two variants: Montero Sport 3.2 DSL 4X4 GLS and Montero Sport 3.2 DSL 4X4 GLS SE.
For more information, visit Mitsubishi Carworld located along Jose Abad Santos Avenue, City of San Fernando with telephone number (045) 963 -1111. (www.mitsubishicarworld.com.ph)