Releasing the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero means a lot for the brand as it is supposed to spark the sales that have been dwindling the past few years. Mitsubishi products have not been doing so well in America, even though their other markets are in fact doing well. But the people from Mitsubishi feel reluctant that they should take back the US market and feel the new products will help. They managed to do a great job with the Outlander which came out last year and the model did pretty well as it boosted the overall sales of Mitsubishi. Now the Japanese automaker wants to do the same thing with their more popular brand, the 2018 Montero.
Actually, the Mitsubishi Montero model was pulled out from the American market a while back now. The dwindling sales were not doing to model well and it certainly did not benefit the automaker to keep trucing and overtake the US market by force. So they started only offering it on a global level with top markets being Australia and the Philippines. Over the course of the year the Montero did pretty well for itself and sparked a massive fan base all over the world. The buyers feel that the Montero is a better brand than it was and that the current model is their top pick.
What the 2018 version is supposed to do is to bring back the Montero brand to the US and in the same time bring back the Mitsubishi name as well. Mitsubishi will probably make a lot better sales numbers by offering the updated Montero back in the USA. The 2018 Mitsubishi Montero will essentially have the elements from the outgoing model which is seen in the global market currently and will give it new powertrain options and features.
People who want a rugged vehicle and need to do so off-road work or drive in various terrains will certainly enjoy it. This is why the vehicle was viewed so fondly in Australia. There are talks that the newest 2018 version of the Mitsubishi Montero will be using a naturally aspired engine as its base form while a plug-in hybrid option which will combine an electronic engine and a turbocharged gasoline one is also an option. It will help make better fuel economy for the car and in that instance help the sales immensely.
We have compiled our review and wish to see how the car will far once the release date is established.
When is the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero Expected for Release?
The creation of the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero is coming along quite steadily. The vehicle will be slanted for release in all of the global markets it has already been established and will continue on the sales there. It will be viewed as an updated version of the current model which is already sold at the given markets. When it comes to America, the Montero will be released there sometime in 2018, probably at the very start of the year. The global market release date will be somewhere by the end of 2017. In the USA it will be viewed as a completely brand new car, since the buyers have not have the chance to expense the current model, not any other one of the recent Mitsubishi Montero vehicles. We do expect this to grand entry for the brand in the market and we do expect it to provide more sales for Mitsubishi as a brand.
The potential that the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero brings to the market is quite massive, but it will also greatly depend on the price tag that it offers so the audiences get a taste for it. Since there are no previous models to base the price on for the US market, we are going to estimate it on the current one sold in the global market. Transferred to USD the price will probably amount go around 50,000 dollars for the base version. It might still go up if you decide to add the advanced equipment and certain additions which are offered separately. All in all, the price might be a hefty one to start but if you are a true Mitsubishi enthusiast you know what you are getting. The most obvious alternative is still the Land Rover LR4 but the pricing is going to be similar. The vehicle will first be sold in Japan and it will then cross to other markets in Asia, so the US will be the last one to be released in. So the price is still not determined because of these reasons.
A New Step for the Exterior Design of the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero
The newest 2018 Mitsubishi Montero will be quite different compared to the model that was last seen in America. But the people that are going to get it in other markets will actually not be surprised so much. Some people felt that Mitsubishi should stop making cars for the US market all-together, which is the step that Suzuki took a while ago. But their determination is for them to make as best sales numbers as they can so they view America as the best place of achieving that.
The new 2018 Mitsubishi Montero will be made so it is both attractive to the SUV enthusiasts and at the same time it will have great off-road capability and towing strength. But the redesign is going to be mainly based on the current model and also the GG-PHEV concept version which has made its debut in Geneva in 2014 at the auto show. The concept is actually a pretty good way to start and it shows us a car with a very rugged stance and something which the audiences in the US might like. The ruggedness is not the only thing that the car will have going for it as it will blend both the SUV elements and the muscular elements of an off-road vehicle.
The final product will be a bit toned down compared to the concept that we saw in Geneva, which is normal. We cannot really expect them to transfer to whole concept completely and we do think that it would not work in the first place as well. But one thing is for sure and that is the materials that the car is going to be made from. They are going to incorporate some very lightweight materials when making this car which will help with the weight reduction and give us a much more fuel efficient offer. The car aims to reduce fuel consumption this way and also offer better ride quality. We shall see how much they can achieve with this kind of an idea.
Interior and Technology
The inside of the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero will initially be adapted to the American audiences. The global version looked good but if they want to make an impact in the US they have to comply with the needs and wants of the people here. That is why we are going to see a redesigned interior with a new kind of a dash and a different style for the center console. There is going to be more space and it will allow for better use and will not distract the driver in difficult situations. They are trying to make things simpler here and are going to declutter the inside a bit.
The Montero will still come in 5 or 7 seating configuration as it did before. The change here is not more space but the better materials which they are going to integrate. It will additionally help with the comfort and make sure that the passengers are going to feel great. They are offering calfskin seats for the base version but there are going to be better and higher options for the higher ones and the better trims. It will more than satisfactory to see what kind of an offer gets to be made here and what will they manage to do for the brand now.
Mitsubishi is also updating the technology of the car and it will be adaptable to the needs of a modern buyer. It will simply add better connectivity and offer you more usage for contemporary situations. It comes with Bluetooth and USB connectivity as usual but will also offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which could be used though a Smartphone Link Display Audio. There are still some finer and newer technological pieces which are yet to be announced so be on the lookout for updates in gadgets offered in the new 2018 Montero.
The Powertrain Still not Confirmed for the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero
We are still not certain which powertrain will the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero be using for the new market. Some people think that a transfer of the current one is in order but we do not think that it will work and help the car much. Some talks say that a naturally aspired 6 cylinder engine is going to be placed under its hood. But that is all that is known so far and the specs have not been released. If this kind of a car manages to provide enough output, and we think that it would, it will be appropriate to have in this kind of a market.
Another option is making the Montero a plug-in hybrid model. This means that the vehicle will be able to use a combination of a turbocharged gasoline engine and an electronic motor. This would certainly help with the fuel consumption and make the model better in the sense of using too much fuel. It will also attract a certain amount of audiences which are really interested in this happening.
0-60 mph and Top Speed
Being that the motor of the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero has yet to be established, we are not too certain if the model will have the same specs. But since they are going to change the engines it will also mean that the specs and 0-60 mph acceleration time will change as well. The same thing goes for the top speed of the car.
Wil the Fuel Economy of the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero Improve?
Being that the new 2018 Mitsubishi Montero is sporting a lighter frame and that there is a potential of adding a plug-in hybrid version, we are also looking at improvements to be made in the fuel consumption department. There are people who say that the car will probably be able to achieve a 20 mpg combined consumption rating which would be beneficial for the brand.
Size and Dimensions
When it comes to the size of the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero, it will not change compared to the current global version. There were some thoughts that the car would expand the size and get greater compared to the current one. But since the Montero has been absent form the US market for so long it does not matter if they make it bigger or not as the audience is not going to be aware of if the car grew or not. They are going to keep the same size of the car in that case and it actually fits the norms that are needed for the market. The car is rugged and big enough and can fit all the passengers and their cargo pretty well.
Update Safety for the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero
Crossing over to a new market for the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero also means updating the safety. They have to comply with different sort of regulations here so we are expecting that they update the safety in the manner of all Mitsubishi models. As they always strive to protect the occupants of the car with their products we are expecting to see Anti-lock brakes, blind side cautioning, airbags and forward impact cautioning as just a part of the offer.
With the comeback of the 2018 Mitsubishi Montero to the America market, people are quite stoked to hear that one of their favorite cars will make a return. It has been too long and the absence was felt. Mitsubishi has proven that it still has what it takes to compete in the segment and can still offer what the American audiences demand. The proof came with the Mitsubishi Outlander which has been brought in the US last year and now it is time for the Montero to do the same. But models which already exist in the market and will be reluctant to give their place to the Montero are plenty. Vehicles like the Subaru Forester, Infiniti QX and Volkswagen Touareg are already here much longer and what is more important they have the fans on their side. The 2018 Mitsubishi Montero will have to remind its followers first about what the brand stood for before it starts making an impact.
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