Friday, June 10, 2016

Mitsubishi Montero Sport 2016: A Surefire Cost-Effective Choice

I had a hard time choosing between the Mitsubishi Montero Sport 2016 and the Ford Everest Titanium. But after reading some reviews for few weeks and considering the experience I had with my Montero Sport 2010 model, I ultimately decided to “stay in the family”.

It is probably the best decision I’ve ever made vehicle wise. And my new Sedona Red baby does not disappoint, not at all. Either way, you can look at it as very handsome, very sexy, sophisticated or too fierce.

I get quite the giddy feeling as I look at my new Montero Sport 2016 parked right next to his beige big brother, though in terms of dimensions my new ride is a little bit longer, just a tad taller. The design contours on its exterior that car enthusiasts and websites have commented on are totally geek-worthy, with the way they give the 2016 Montero Sport a little edge. The new “Dynamic Shield” corporate grill up front is unbelievably rugged. And let’s not forget the tube-style tail light configuration that gives a sort of impression of Tron lines when illuminated, by brilliant LED.

And I did mention it was bigger, yes? That of course means a truly spacious interior, even more comfy than my old GLS. The mostly-black finish is elegant, seven airbags all over the place for optimal safety, the steering wheel is just the right size, the instrumentation display is bright and clear with nice large fonts, the touchscreen has perfect sensitivity – not too much – although I’ve yet to fiddle with all its available options, and might not even use them regularly. Seriously, Mitsubishi’s designers have outdone themselves with their work on the new generation Montero Sport’s creature comforts.

Of course, these are only part of what has already proven itself to be a totally awesome package. That of course was already made plain even before this magnificent SUV became available on Philippine shores January this year. It first made a splash in Thailand the year before, and since then the most hardcore car experts all over the world have figured its specs and put the Montero Sport through its paces.

Needless to say, the driving performance was everything good about the Montero Sport Line, and more so. I’m no number-cruncher of vehicle stats myself, so I may just end up parroting what more knowledgeable men and dedicated websites have to say about my brand new 2016 Mitsubishi Montero Sport.

Known outside the Philippines as the “Pajero Sport”, “Nativa” and “Challenger”, this Montero Sport 2016 is of the third generation in its production line. First rolled out in 2015, some seven years have gone by from that date since the advent of its preceding second generation, my old ride. Many would say that this generation is a sort of redemption of the last, significantly fixing some of its previous shortcomings and, some would say, grave flaws. Most of this is true, although claiming that the third generation made sure to correct whatever systems from the second that were responsible for the allegedly over 20 cases of “Sudden Unintended Acceleration” incidents in the country (which is not even 1% of total units sold) is frankly, just not buying me. It might have just been over sensationalized by the media, since I heard, (I’m not sure if it’s true) that an anchor and some TV network upper management officers are stockholders of the competitor brand.

I’ve driven my old Montero Sport for years and never suffered a loss of control. And it’s quite curious that no further incidents have made the news for quite some time now. But I digress.

Like the websites and experts say: a powerful 2.4-liter turbo diesel engine that can crank out 181 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque (at RPMs of 3,500 and 2,500 respectively), 8-speed AT, off-road mode, hill start assist and descent control, EBD anti-lock brakes with assist system, blind spot sensor and even a reverse camera. And while I don’t think I’ll find myself driving through floods or bodies of water any time soon, the wading depth of 700mm can be very reassuring.

So, really, I’ve pretty much joined the chorus proclaiming the Mitsubishi Montero Sport 2016 as the leader among SUVs / PPVs. It is a surefire cost- effective choice.

Here are some photos I have when I got it the other day. Taken at DOLE Plantation in Polomolok. It was gloomy! The Calm before the Storm!