Perched near the upper end of the compact-sport/utility market, the Mitsubishi Montero appeals to buyers seeking both luxury and utility. Competitors include the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Oldsmobile Bravada, Isuzu Trooper, Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rover Discovery. The Montero is available in only one basic configuration, as a 4-door, 4-wheel-drive luxury sport/utility vehicle. A 7-passenger interior is optional.
The base engine, which is standard equipment in the LS, is the new, more powerful 3.0-liter V6. The SR continues to utilize the 215-hp dohc 3.5-liter V6. The base transmission is a 5-speed manual; a 4-speed automatic is optional. The uplevel SR comes with the 4-speed automatic only. Mitsubishi's Activ Trac 4WD system allows shift-on-the-fly operation between 2wd and 4wd at speeds up to 62 mph, or use of an all-wheel drive mode at all times.
For 1995, the Montero lineup continues with two model offerings -- the base LS and the upscale SR. The entry-level LS model receives an all-new 177-horsepower 3.0-liter sohc 24-valve V6 engine for added performance. This engine provides 26 more horsepower than the 1994 model's V6. It also benefits from a new optional electronic 4-speed automatic transmission and standard 15-in. alloy wheels. The SR model continues as the premium Montero offering.
The 1995 model reintroduces electronic 3-way variable shock absorbers. Also new is a standard power sunroof. Both models this year feature improved towing capacity (up by half a ton to 5000 pounds) and minor interior changes.
A compact-sized companion, the Montero Sport, went on sale as a late model in January 1997.
As of March 9, 1994:
- $24,225 (1994 Mitsubishi Montero LS)
- $31,775 (1994 Mitsubishi Montero SR)
As of September 12, 1994:
- $27,625 (1995 Mitsubishi Montero LS)
- $34,625 (1995 Mitsubishi Montero SR)
As of mid-1995:
- $27,902 (1995 Mitsubishi Montero LS)
- $34,971 (1995 Mitsubishi Montero SR)
As of October 1, 1995:
- $28,470 (1996 Mitsubishi Montero LS)
- $37,780 (1996 Mitsubishi Montero SR)