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The Mitsubishi Montero Sport Still Exists, and It Should Come to America

As some of you know, I went to Dubai a couple of weeks ago and reviewed some cars, including the new Chevy Corvette ZR1 — and several others that haven’t yet been posted. But as I was driving around, I also experienced some interesting automotive occurrences, including this one: I was passed by the vehicle shown above, and I discovered that Mitsubishi still sells the Montero Sport in foreign markets. See the Mitsubishi Montero Sport models for sale near you

Many of you likely remember the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, as it was sold in the U.S. from 1997 to 2004 and, frankly, it was Mitsubishi’s last successful vehicle; their final bastion of strong sales before the last 15 years of doldrums and various articles questioning whether they’re going to be pulling out of the U.S. market sometime soon.

This begs the question: Given that model’s success, and given the huge recent increase in SUV popularity … why doesn’t Mitsubishi offer this thing in America?

The latest version went on sale only two years ago, and it honestly looks pretty nice — better than most of the other SUVs on the market, or at least more distinctive. In Asia, it’s sold with a few 4-cylinder diesel options, but buyers in the United Arab Emirates (where I saw it) can get it with a 3.0-liter V6, which is the one we’d want in the States. It’s 188 inches long, meaning it’s somewhere between RAV4 and Highlander, and (from some quick Googling) the interior looks pretty decent. Seriously, why isn’t this thing sold here?

Of course, I’m no Mitsubishi product planner, so I might be missing something — possibly including the fact that this vehicle (which appears to be body-on-frame) may just not be fuel efficient enough for U.S. sales. But doesn’t this seem like a slam dunk for a company that really needs to score some points? Either way, now you know the Mitsubishi Montero Sport never really died — it merely went away. Find a Mitsubishi Montero for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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22 COMMENTS

  1. I got a new 2000 Montero Sport in high school. Was going to use it for college. It is still outside, with 700,000 miles, and never had an issue. I would buy one just for the name alone. 

  2. Why don’t you find out and tell us why the Montero and the  Montero sport isn’t sold in the U.S. Many of us would like to know why and why not a limited run ?

  3. My daily driver is a 2004 Montero Sport. I got a relatively cheap deal on it with 125000 miles. It was still clean with no rust holes, and in the midwest for something that old, that’s a rarity. That was 2 years ago, and 30K miles ago. She has given me some static, but as a mechanic of 25 years there is little she throws at me that I am afraid to tackle. Harmonic Balancer bolt stripped as the shear pin broke, 2 trans services, radiator replacement. Relatively mild in her needs for a vehicle of that age with that kind of mileage. If they would bring this back to the states with the Diesel, I’d buy each of my 3 kids one. This thing is great on the road. Not real roomy, but very functional. The 2019 has me wanting more. Good looking whip, coming from a man that has only enjoyed the domestics. Sorry for coming to the party late. Cheers. 

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