Mitsubishis smaller SUV gets a new 3.5XS model, new fender flares and side steps for the LS model, and several new standard features for the top-line Limited. Among the new items on the Limited are a sunroof, heated mirrors and front seats and leather upholstery.
The Montero Sport is smaller than the Montero; it seats five instead of seven and is built on a truck chassis. The Montero is redesigned for 2001 and has a carlike unibody design.
A redesigned Montero Sport based on the Galant sedan platform is scheduled for 2003, and production will move from Japan to Mitsubishis Illinois plant.
The Montero Sport is a four-door with a clamshell-type tailgate that has a flip-up window on top and a drop-down tailgate below. The LS model joins its more expensive XLS and Limited mates by getting standard fender flares and running boards this year.
The overall length of 178 inches is 11 less than the new Montero, and the height of 66 inches gives the Sport a lower profile of 7 inches.
A pair of front buckets and a three-person rear seat add up to room for five. The rear seat reclines and folds forward for extra cargo space, which is a maximum of 79 cubic feet.
If you crave leather, you have to opt for the Limited, the most expensive model, where it is a new standard feature.
Under the Hood
The Limited and new 3.5XS model come with a 200-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine, and all others use a 173-hp 3.0-liter V-6.