If we consider how things are going in today’s automotive industry, a 13-year old model would sound like a joke, but not in this case. The famous mid-size SUV goes on and another year model is here, the 2019 Mitsubishi Montero. Also known as Pajero, this SUV is one of the most famous models from the Japanese manufacturer. It’s been around for decades, while the current generation is on the market since 2006, which sounds like way too long for the era where modern crossovers and short production cycles dominate. Still, this model is definitely an exception. It hasn’t changed a lot for all these years, despite there have been several updates so far.
The latest ones come for the 2019 Mitsubishi Montero. There is a fine amount of novelties, which clearly indicates that the company doesn’t have the intention to discontinue this model in the next couple of years.
2019 Mitsubishi Montero Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2019 Mitsubishi Montero definitely continues in the same way. The famous body-on-frame design is here, which makes this SUV a rare bird these days. Still, the company did a mild update for this occasion, so there is a fine amount of novelties, especially outside the vehicle. The visual appearance gets improvements, especially at from, where you can notice a new front fascia, as well as new gold lettering and the company’s logo.
Other than that, things are pretty much the same at front. From the side, it is easy to notice “Mitsubishi” lettering at front doors. However, these ones are not in gold color. At the rear end, you may guess, gold lettering once again. Other than new badges and letterings, you will also have a choice of few more color options and new wheels designs.
As you can see, there are few aesthetical improvements on the 2019 Mitsubishi Montero. On the other side, the overall shape is definitely the same. Just like in previous years, this model also comes in two body styles, with either three or five doors. The short one features around 100 inches in wheelbase, while the five-door version adds 9 more inches.
2019 Mitsubishi Montero Interior
The interior of 2019 Mitsubishi Montero also comes with few novelties. Still, the base layout remains the same. As we already mentioned, there are two body styles in the offer. Therefore, it is easy to presume that the 3-door version features two rows of seating. On the other side, five-door models add the third row, which isn’t very spacious but could be a nice addition for kids and shorter adults.
Speaking of the novelties, the biggest one is in terms of new standard features. Of course, there are few tweaks in terms of styling, but the biggest change is definitely a new touchscreen, which comes with the latest infotainment system. There are few more tech novelties, as well as aesthetical upgrades in terms of mild dashboard tweaks, new color schemes etc.
2019 Mitsubishi Montero Trim Levels
The trim level organization remains the same for the 2019 Mitsubishi Montero. There are three familiar versions in the offer, known as GL, GLX, and GLS. Still, keep in mind that each trim comes with few additions.
The base GL model is a bare bone and definitely belongs to another era of the automotive industry. You won’t find almost any convenience in this model. On the list of standard equipment, you can even find things like steel wheels, black bumpers, and similar things. A center information display and automatic climate controls are probably only goodies of the GL trim level.
The GLX adds some nice upgrades but still isn’t on the same level as younger competitors. Some of the highlights are things like alloy wheels, 6-speaker audio system, keyless entry etc.
The top-range GLS adds things like leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, touchscreen interface, body-colored bumpers etc.
2019 Mitsubishi Montero Engine
Under the hood, you will find an old version of the familiar 3.0-liter V6, which comes paired with an outdated 5-speed automatic transmission. A total output goes around 170 horsepower, which is way below today’s standard. Fuel economy isn’t spectacular either. However, some reports suggest that the 2019 Mitsubishi Montero could come with the newer version of this V6 engine, which delivers around 220 horses. This would definitely be a nice upgrade. On the other side, a great thing is that all models come with four-wheel drive.
2019 Mitsubishi Montero Release Date and Price
The 2019 Mitsubishi Montero already came to China and the latest reports suggest this will be the only market where the old SUV will be available. Rest of the world probably won’t see this SUV anymore. In China, base models go around 45.000 dollars. When it comes to the Montero’s future, it won’t get a successor, most likely. Mitsubishi is now focused on crossovers and probably doesn’t have enough capacity to develop its own body-on-frame SUV.
If MITSUBISHI brought the Montero to the U.S. it would be a good contender for the Subaru Ascent I would be interested in buying one
I have been waiting for the MITSUBISHI MONTERO FULL-SIZE to come back in the U.S.! I am interested in buying one!
I just came back from Costa Rica and saw a bunch of these. Really good looking design. I would like to know how well these do off-road…the approach and departure angles appear designed to for rough terrain.
I have to say that I’m truly disappointed that the Montero
and Montero Sport won’t be sold in the US.
I have waited 21 years for Mitsubishi to bring it back. I currently am still driving my 98 Montero Sport with 176 thousand miles on it.
I was so excited when I saw the new version of the Montero
and now I’m disappointed because my Montero Sport has been the
most reliable suv I’ve ever owed. In 21 years I’ve only had to replace
headlights once , taillights just recently. I went 5 years on the factory
battery and over 65,000.00 miles on the factory tires. Best running vehicle I’ve ever had. I will truly be sad when I finally have to replace her. Please reconsider bringing it back to the US ……