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The updated Mitsubishi Montero Sport is finally on sale in PH

Most of the new features are found on the Black Series

The fan favorite gets a new round of updates. PHOTO FROM MITSUBISHI

Back in March, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport received a subtle update in Thailand that also introduced a new engine and a new transmission.

Sure enough, just a few months later, it’s our turn to get the changes to keep the SUV fresh, but we’re not receiving everything.

Firstly, the lineup has been condensed down to just four variants:

  • Black Series 4WD 8AT – P2,502,000
  • Black Series 2WD 8AT – P2,162,000
  • GLS 2WD 8AT – P1,899,000
  • GLX 2WD 6MT – P1,568,000
Do you like the new front and the new rear? PHOTOS FROM MITSUBISHI

The revised looks are most noticeable in the updated grille, the slightly revised front and rear bumpers, and the new 18-inch turbine-design wheels. Also, the GLX has halogen projector headlights; the other three step up to LED lighting.

The Black Series is now the new range-topper, and it can be differentiated by its gloss-black finish on the wheels, the grille, the bumpers, the roof, the side mirrors, the door handles, and the tailgate spoiler.

Most of the new features are found in the Black Series variants. PHOTOS FROM MITSUBISHI

The interior is updated with a new three-spoke steering wheel found on the Triton, but most of the new upgrades are only found on the Black Series.

These are the new eight-inch digital instrument cluster (the other two have analog gauges), the eight-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (the GLX gets a seven-inch screen), and the new two-tone upholstery with diamond stitching. Finally, only the Black Series 4WD has a power sunroof.

Our country does not receive the new 4N16 motor and the six-speed automatic transmission. PHOTOS FROM MITSUBISHI

For those expecting the engine upgrade to the new 4N16 motor, you’ll be disappointed as the vehicle still carries over the tried-and-tested 4N15.

It’s still the same 2.4-liter turbodiesel with 178hp and 430Nm, mated to an eight-speed automatic (not the new six-speed auto) or a six-speed manual transmission. It’s available either with a 2WD or a 4WD drivetrain.

Topping it off are safety upgrades. For one, a 360° camera has been added to the GLS and the Black Series.

Additional features for the range-topper are forward collision mitigation, ultrasonic misacceleration mitigation system, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-change assist. The 2WD now also gets adaptive cruise control.

Sam Surla

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