The Mitsubishi Montero nameplate is coming back! Well, at least it is in America. The new Montero will hit the North American market sometime in 2017. It will hit the UK market as the Shogun at the same time. Of course, there’s more to be excited about here than just the name, though—the Montero will be a great, affordable option on the crowded SUV landscape.
The Mitsubishi brand conceived the new Montero as a rival to the Land Rover Discovery, in fact. A concept version of the new Montero was previewed both in Tokyo and Chicago. The GC-PHEV concept, however, is both heavier and bulkier than the production version of the Montero will be. The production version will be lighter and stripped-down to provide both greater efficiency and a cheaper starting price to customers.
The new Montero will also be a hybrid plug-in vehicle, giving it extra versatility and capability over many of its competitors. “A lot of rivals are more beautiful or more refined but the Shogun needs to be an authentic off-roader: not fancy, not a school-run car but for people who tow horse boxes or actually go off road,” said Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi’s UK chief. Come see us at Heritage Mitsubishi to learn more about the new Montero today.
Mitsubishi recently announced that it will be producing SUVs exclusively for the foreseeable future. While we’re excited about the great SUVs that will be coming down the pike, there is some natural sadness about seeing nameplates like the Lancer disappear. However, for all you Mitsubishi Evo fans, we’ve got good news: there’s a strong possibility that a Mitsubishi Evo crossover model could become a reality sooner or later.
The Evo SUV would likely be a next-model Outlander Sport, or, as it’s known in Europe, the ASX. Evo, of course, stands for Evolution, and always implies a high level of performance and capability from the vehicle to which it is applied. While it’s certainly a different thing to wrap your head around—especially historically, since “Evo” has only ever been applied to sedans—there’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to an Evo Outlander.
The next-generation Outlander Sport will already be available with either four-wheel drive or two-wheel drive on the plug-in hybrid version of the model. The Evo tag will just push the performance that one step higher. “Ultimately it all comes down to the financial case for it and whether the company has the resources to do it,” said Mitsubishi UK Chief Lance Bradley. Come see us at Heritage Mitsubishi to help us make our own case for this really cool idea.