The 2006 Mitsubishi Montero full size SUV continues its legacy of successfully combining style and luxury with world renowned, off-road ruggedness. Engineered to be adaptable, Montero is equally suited to those who indulge in family trips and treks into the wilderness, or those who prefer the valet parking at an exclusive country club.
Sold in 170 countries, the 2006 Montero maintains its position as the most technologically advanced SUV in the Mitsubishi lineup, as well as one of the most capable off-road sport utility vehicles in the world – with 19 years of competition and ten class victories in the Paris to Dakar Rally to prove it.
For 2006, Mitsubishi Montero will only be available in the luxurious and extremely well equipped Limited trim level.
"The Montero is a rare sport utility vehicle. It clearly embodies the essence of Mitsubishi in its technology, performance, urban flexibility and style." said Paul Cummings, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. "Consumers looking for a full size SUV that meets their everyday driving needs, while still providing the versatility and toughness for real off-road adventures will be very pleased with the Montero's amenities."
Style and Substance for Seven
Upscale features offered as standard equipment on the 2006 Montero Limited include an oversized one touch power tilt and slide glass sunroof; a fully automatic climate control system; rear heater and air conditioner with mid cabin controls; leather seating surfaces; power driver's seat with 14 adjustments; a 315-watt Mitsubishi/Infinity® premium audio system with 7 speakers; styled 17-inch alloy wheels and an LCD information centre with trip computer, to name just a few. A DVD entertainment system with roof mounted screen and remote headphones for rear seat passengers is available as an option.
In addition, convenient and intelligent features like multiple reading lights, door mounted puddle lamps, a removable toolbox, passenger assist grips, six cup holders, a full size spare tire, and a tire pressure monitoring system, abound.
Montero's seven passenger seating comes courtesy of a clever third row that completely disappears into a well in the cargo area floor. Storing the third seat under the floor frees up considerable cargo space, and when the seat is in the upright position, the covered storage well still remains accessible. For additional space, the third row seat can be removed completely leaving the deep covered storage well and rear cargo area available for luggage and gear.
On and Off Road Prowess
Mitsubishi's flagship SUV is equipped with a sophisticated 3.8-litre V6 engine. This is the engine that adds legendary performance to the Montero formula, delivering 215 willing hp at 5500 rpm and 248 lb-ft of stump pulling torque at 3250 rpm. Designed to deliver strong mid-range punch, its throttle-by-wire controls provide immediate engine response and work in concert with the electronic traction aides. Mated to this engine is a Sportronic™ Sequential Shift 5-speed automatic, which offers clutchless manual gear changes or fully automatic control. Sportronic™ shifting is an unusual feature in an authentic, off-road style, SUV.
Working in conjunction with the Sportronic™ is Mitsubishi's world-renowned ActiveTrac™ four wheel drive (4WD) system – equipment that offers a drive mode for any situation. ActiveTrac™ includes rear wheel drive, full time all wheel drive, and 4WD high and low range with locked center differential. The ActiveTrac™ gear lever selects drive modes, so changing from two wheel drive (2WD) to 4WD is virtually the same as flipping a switch. Mitsubishi Active Skid and Traction Control system is also standard. This computer controlled traction system governs an Active Brake Traction Control module that causes minute brake actions which help to limit wheel spin on slick or loose surfaces. This system gives Montero superior off-road crawling at low speeds while still enhancing highway handling and safety in wet conditions.
Montero uses a highly accurate rack and pinion steering system mechanically geared for more on-road feedback and hydraulically valved for less off-road kickback, which helps to provide superior driver control. The braking system includes front and rear ventilated discs, electronic brake distribution (EBD) and MultiMode™ four-channel antilock brakes (ABS). The MultiMode™ feature tailors the ABS response to accommodate different surfaces, such as hard pavement when in 2WD, and loose surfaces likely encountered in 4WD.