Mitsubishi To Revive Montero?

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
mitsubishi to revive montero

The Outlander hasn’t proved terribly popular among TTAC reviewers, but this teaser from Mitsubishi promises something more rugged.

This teaser from Mitsubishi seems to allude to a revived Montero debuting at the Chicago Auto Show next month. The Montero is more than likely some kind of PHEV concept, as Mitsubishi seems to be going all-in on their plug-in strategy – with the plug-in Outlander selling very well in world markets.

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    My father came to visit me at my Oldsmobile/Mitsubishi dealer in 1994 and when he saw the Diamante he said "Wow! A Mitsubishi; I used to shoot those down!"... He was a P-51 pilot in 1943-45. Today Mitsushi**y has the same build "quality" of the A6M Zero.

    • ThirdOwner ThirdOwner on Jan 23, 2015

      Was he driving a Mustang? Did he run some Diamantes off the road?

  • Theswedishtiger Theswedishtiger on Jan 22, 2015

    Montero? 3000GT VR-4? Hope its not another Eclipse GT which would be a legend in Mitsu's own mind.

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    • BklynPete BklynPete on Jan 25, 2015

      @Corey Lewis I worked on their PR, and those were very exciting times in Cypress, California. And I do miss my Tampa Blue Eclipse GT 5-speed. For a short while we really had the alternative Japanese brand thing going -- back then Hyundai was only starting to return from near-dead. There were good products in that time, too. The real problem wasn't product but the finance scheming that was a house of cards. The COO and head of sales were rightfully fired. Everything from the 2004 Galant on has been downhill to zombie status.

  • John R John R on Jan 23, 2015

    "The Montero is more than likely some kind of PHEV concept..." Yes, as you know that sort of thing will help when negotiating the intractable and inhospitable sand dunes of the Sahara seen above! If you'll excuse me. I have to go cry in a corner.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jan 23, 2015

    There is at least a little evidence that this would mean a Montero return. Namely the roof line in the photo, and this. Since they use the same word in their Pajero marketing in other countries. I've always liked the Montero, and I think it's one of those underrated vehicles nobody thought of. It wasn't a victim to the reliability issues of other Mitsu vehicles, because it was one of the few never made into a DSM item. The price and lack of public knowledge killed it, I believe they were near $50k by the time the final model came around. But a PHEV one doesn't interest me at all.

    • BklynPete BklynPete on Jan 25, 2015

      By 2005 the big Montero listed for more than a Tahoe/Yukon and only had a 3800 V-6. On the plus side, it was a truly refined off-road beast with a terrific ride, almost like a low-key Range Rover with reliability. But like Range Rovers before 2003, there's no getting around that the on-road handling was terrible and it was sluggish pulling all that weight. What our head of PR really dreamed for was the diesel.