Ryokō – Verb. 旅行 to go on a trip; to travel; to tour
A few weeks after Mitsubishi Philippines unveiled their updated Montero Sport, they invited us to take their new SUV for a spin in Bohol.
Right as we landed in Panglao International Airport and had a quick lunch, we got right to business. We hit the roads of Bohol in the new Montero Sport.
On the road
Our first destination was the famed Chocolate Hills, which was about 72 kilometers away from Panglao. This wasn’t my first time to drive in Bohol, and this place has some of the nicer roads in the Philippines.
Our convoy of six new good-looking Montero’s got the attention of the locals with its evolved Dynamic Shield design. It’s characterize by a wider front end, exuding more toughness, but also classier with the added refinement of more chrome up front.
Since there wasn’t much traffic on Bohol’s country roads, we soon arrived at the Chocolate Hills for some photos. Next on the itinerary was Danao, a roughly 37 kilometer drive to see what’s the called “Sea of Clouds” on the top of a mountain.
Since it’s been raining on and off in Bohol since we arrived and our 4×2 Montero’s weren’t going to be able to make it up the slippery slopes, we decided to head to South Palms Resort in Panglao, where we were billeted. This was one of the longest legs of the drive at 88 kilometers.
We’ve said before that nothing beats a long drive to get a proper feel of a new vehicle and Bohol let us experience the new Montero Sport properly.
Under the hood is a 2.4L DOHC 16-valve MIVEC turbo diesel that puts out 181-Ps at 3,500 rpm with 430-Nm at 2,500 rpm, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This combination gave us enough power and torque to carry friends and luggage on road trips. It was more than enough power to overtake slow vehicles when needed.
Inside the GT variant, the driver gets an eight-way power adjustable seat, there’s an eight-inch color LCD instrument cluster where the analog gauges would usually be. You can configure these to your preference.
The entertainment system is an eight-inch Smartphone-Link Display Audio (SDA) compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. This allowed us to connect our phones and play our selection of music when it was our turn behind the wheel.
It was a nice surprise to find that the iPod classic still works with the Montero’s audio system. The guys at Mitsubishi realized that USB charging ports would be appreciated by the passengers in the back. A new inclusion is the 220 volt, 150 watt AC power outlet that allows you to be productive when you are on the road by plugging in your devices or laptop’s charger.
The new power tailgate is a welcome addition, too, for when your hands are full. You can open the tailgate with a sweep of your foot under the bumper.
Some of the safety features included are the Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). There’s also the Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. Perhaps most useful is the multi-view camera system which shows you your blind spots when parking. There are six airbags for the GT 2WD and two airbags for the GLS and GLX variants.
This New Montero was fun to take on a long drive, and performed as well as expected. We noticed that the NVH was much improved, with less engine and wind noise heard in the cabin.
The Montero Sport GT 2WD AT is priced at an SRP of Php 1,998,000.00 and the GLS 2WD AT is priced at an SRP of Php 1,769,000.00 which is not too far from its competitors. With the recent aesthetic and tech updates, the New Montero Sport might just be what you need.
Text and Photos by Neil Pagulayan