The arrival of the refreshed 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport brought plenty of excitement for Mitsubishi’s popular three-row body-on-frame SUV or pick-up based passenger vehicle (PPV). However, ever since the refreshed Mitsubishi Montero Sport came into our market, it was never available with a 4WD variant. Fast forward to the first quarter of 2020, and Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation is finally offering the missing variant from its line-up–a GT 4WD variant blessed with all the bells and whistles that anyone could ever want for a PPV.
The Montero Sport GT 4WD looks practically the same from the GT 2WD, both inside and out. All that’s new for this 4WD variant is the availability of a sunroof, 8-way power-adjustable driver & front passenger seat, rain-sensing wipers, and headlamp washers.
Where the GT 4WD truly has the upper hand over the GT 2WD is the availability of various advanced driver-assist and convenience features, ranging from adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, lane change assist, and a 360-degree camera system.
Lastly, the GT 4WD also gets an innovative smartphone companion app, letting you control multiple vehicle functions such as remote engine start, headlight on/off, open/close power liftgate, just to name a few. The app can also notify you if you forgot to lock the vehicle or turn off its headlights.
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines has also put the base GLX MT on sale across all of its dealers, and as expected, you do lose quite a number of features. Infotainment duties are now done through a simpler and smaller touch screen infotainment system with no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also, the GLX does not get LED headlights, while the taillights are just partly LEDs. Lastly, don’t expect the benefits of passive entry with push-button start when you enter and start the Montero Sport GLX’s engine.
The Montero Sport’s 2.4-liter inline-4 MIVEC turbo diesel engine is unchanged, still producing 181 hp and 430 Nm of torque. It is mated to either an 8-speed automatic in the GT 4WD or a 6-speed manual in the GLX MT. The GT 4WD variant’s Super-Select 4WD-II system also receives a newly designed knob to control the various modes of the 4WD system.
As expected with these upgrades for the GT 4WD, they do not come cheap. With prices starting at P2,450,000, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD is now the most expensive top-of-the-line PPV offering from any car manufacturer. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the base GLX MT, which starts at P1,565,000.