Recently, the previous generation Montero has drawn a lot of flak from conspiracies regarding the dreaded “SUA” issue that the automatic-equipped 2016 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GLS is being accused of. In Asia, the Thai-based Mitsubishi Montero is known by many names depending on which country it is marketed, in the Philippines the vehicle is called the Montero Sport and has been in the country for about 10 years since its introduction.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GLS Premium 4×2 is Miles Ahead of its Predecessor
The new 2016 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GLS seems to have been designed by concept car artists and with the new generation comes a new face and rear end that takes a lot of getting used to. The new front fascia features more chrome that even before with a sleek looking chrome trim flanking the Mitsubishi logo on the center and extends to blend with the intricate headlight, daytime running light, and turn signal cluster. Under the light cluster is a sort of tear that flows down towards the bottom air intake and terminates at the fog lights. The rear end continues with the flowing tear theme with the stop lights but the chrome is toned down at this region of the SUV. On the sides, the lines are familiar with the previous generation and looks bare when compared to how outrageous the front and back looks like. Under the hood is an athletic 2.4Literfour cylinder turbo diesel putting out 178hp and 430Nm paired to a modern 8-speed automatic.
Inside, the 2016 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GLS Premium 4×2 feels very premium for a pickup-based SUV and hard plastics are kept at a minimum opting for soft touch material, lush leather and subtle high gloss faux wood trim in the cabin. The front seats are comfortable but snug, snug in a sense that the dash gives a sense of it ‘cocooning’ the front seat occupants. Second row seats are decent but the seats are mounted a bit low for our liking. The third row will easily accommodate six-footer adults but is ideal for short to medium trips only this is again due to the seat height.
Driving the 2016 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GLS is a pleasant feeling as it shows off how stable it is even at triple digit speeds. Damping is on the soft side making for a comfortable ride on “exquisitely-developed” Philippine roads. Power is reserved at the 2000rpm mark and upon tapping it, the SUV with dart forward with ease. Feedback is delightful and it even handles corner with ease and confidence.
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