Mostly called Pajero across the seas, North American models of the boxy full-size SUV were named Montero. While Montero can’t be found in the states anymore, after 10 years, it’s finally time to change that. While SUV’s are generally becoming smaller and more crossovery, 2016 Mitsubishi Montero will likely keep the large frame, while shedding angular lines at the same time in favor of more contemporary cues.
However, 2016 is already upon us, and GC-PHEV concept vehicle, which should represent Montero’s role model, isn’t ready yet. That makes us believe that new Montero will actually come a year or two later than first anticipated.
Mitsubishi Montero Engine
Powertrain units are still undisclosed at this point, but judging by GC-PHEV, new Montero could go hybrid from now on.
Turbo four engine and at least one electric motor will be needed for that, but all fuel economy problems would be gone at the same instant.
On the other hand, more certain option is normally aspirated V-6 unit, most likely 3.5L in displacement.
Like it always did, 2016 Mitsubishi Montero (Pajero) is about to offer mandatory all-wheel drive, while transmission will likely be automatic, with at least 6 gears.
Exterior of Mitsubishi Montero 2016
More toned down and contemporary look is to be expected from the new Montero.
Furthermore, Japanese will certainly try to shed a few hundred pounds of its chassis thanks to the extensive use of aluminum and other lightweight materials.
While remaining overly angular, old school boxy platform will be entirely replaced with something softer around the edges.
Still, even with these numerous modern changes, 2016 Mitsubishi Montero will keep its intimidating look and ability to tow, haul cargo, and what’s most important, carry passengers.
Mitsubishi Montero 2016 Interior
Three rows of seats are the first thing one should expect from Montero’s interior. Being an affordable badge, Mitsubishi isn’t trying to sway the buyers its way with luxury materials and equipment.
Instead, 2016 Mitsubishi Montero is supposed to offer contemporary cabin with just enough refined elements and tech features to be able to compete with every single brand out there.
That, however, is more than plenty as potential new buyers can expect a wide range of tech and convenience goodies.
It is still too early to speak about potential fuel efficiency of Mitsubishi’s new-old nameplate, but things might get really interesting if hybrid actually does manage to enter the fray.
Given the fact that Japanese automaker had had a few rough years, they will certainly give it their best, and hybrid full-size SUV like Montero might just be enough.
Otherwise, V-6 models will likely fall within the niche’s mediocrity.
2016 Mitsubishi Montero Price
Montero, when it finally arrives, will likely cost between $45,000 and $55,000, or thereabouts.
Release date of 2016 Mitsubishi Montero
2016 Mitsubishi Montero is not going to happen, but 2017 or 2018 year models are highly plausible. After 10 years of hiatus from U.S. market’s point of view, Montero will be a car, Mitsubishi is getting their hopes behind.
It is never too late for any manufacturer, and Japanese certainly have a few nameplates that could turn the tide in their favor. Montero, incidentally, is one of them.