The Mitsubishi Montero was first launched in India in 2006. In 2010 Mitsubishi gave it a mild face lift and made the engine BS IV compliant which increased the power rating on its 3.2-litre engine. Its competitor is the Land Rover Freelander 2.
With so many automakers looking to break free from the dull and stale auto designs, a few brands have been left to collect everyone else’s dust.
Mitsubishi is one of those brands that appears to have been content with rolling out models with designs that left a lot to be desired. But the Japanese brand seems to be turning the corner — finally! — and for the first time in seemingly forever, it will roll out a trio of new concepts at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show next month.
Not a lot of details have been divulged about these concepts, other than the fact that the company is preparing all three as the first batches of its new "@earth" philosophy.
One is an SUV that’s been dubbed as the Concept Grand Cruiser Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or Concept GC-PHEV if you find the other name too long. This concept appears to be a future version of the Montero SUV, highlighted by a new front profile with aggressive edges and a new headlight setup that’s eerily similar to the Range Rover Evoque .
The next concept is called the Concept Cross Runner Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or XR-PHEV. Mitsubishi says that this concept will be introduced as a compact crossover with coupe-like styling cues, possibly taking the place of the current Outlander Sport in the coming years.
Finally, there’s the Concept Active Runabout, or Concept AR. In addition to being the simplest-named of the three concepts, the Concept AR is being touted as a compact MPV that, unlike the two others, will come with a conventional gasoline engine with turbocharging and direct-injection technologies.
Based on the teaser photos of the concepts, all three appear to be a far departure from what we’re used to when it comes to Mitsubishi. That’s a great thing because, if for nothing else, the Japanese brand’s move to the present is long overdue.
Click past the jump to read about one current model that appears to have its next-generation successor in the pipeline, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
It’s not often that an SUV can be all things to all people. But that’s exactly what you get with the 2006 Montero. The Montero is a bona-fide off-road legend. Specially prepared versions have won the grueling Dakar Rally for the last five years running. Success like that doesn’t come easy. It comes from pure capability. And Montero has it in spades, with the technology to master any terrain.