Montero is rebranded Pajero SUV available in a few markets, mostly in Pacific Asia. The vehicle used to be available in the USA as well. Nevertheless, Mitsubishi discontinued it in 2006, after more than 20 years. Still, the nameplate existed and now it can be back as the 2023 Mitsubishi Montero.
There are a few strong indications this might happen. First, the Japanese company made a breakthrough with Outlander and its PHEV configuration. Now, Mitsubishi is looking for expansion. On the other hand, the all-new Pajero is on the way. Its identical twin will also get into the new generation. The 2023 Mitsubishi Montero, with all the changes and updates, might be ready for the biggest stage in the automotive world. And finally, the company will rather use an old nameplate, rather than a new one. The trend of comebacks is very popular.
The redesign is certain, and that is all we know for now. We can compare news about the 2023 Montero with information found about Pajero since SUVs are going to share almost everything, Even the Shogun is in the mix. This badge can be found in the UK.
The 2023 Mitsubishi Montero is in advanced phases of development. Spy photos are there to show the company means business. Nevertheless, a heavy camo is hiding mostly everything on the new SUV. But, it is good to know that the vehicle is almost ready for the premiere. We assume that Pajero is beneath the covers since the vehicle has been spotted in Australia. In a matter of fact, it is still questionable if this model is going to be Montero or Montero Sport. The same dilemma is about the Pajero and Pajero Sport.
2023 Mitsubishi Montero Engine and Performance
The SUV drew attention with its durability. But, sales were dropping in the US, and that is why the vehicle was discontinued. In other markets, Pajero and Montero continued to compete with other SUVs in the full-size segment. The vehicle was also versatile. Two- and four-door configurations were available. Four- and six-cylinder engines are powering the SUV, depending on the size you choose. Also, there are petrol and diesel engines. For the 2023 Mitsubishi Montero, we might see a hybrid drivetrain as well.
A 3.2-liter diesel is an engine on most occasions. Interesting, this is a four-cylinder unit, with the capability to produce 190 hp and 440 Nm of torque. Mitsubishi is still using this setup, so it will probably come back for the 2023 Montero. Power for the Montero Sport is coming from a 2.5-liter oil burner. The sacrifice is not huge. It delivers 175 hp and 400 Nm, but also saves a lot of fuel. A 3.8-liter MIVEC unit is the top of the range option. Unfortunately, the company considered its discontinuation. A 2.4-liter petrol engine is also a good alternative if you are not a fan of diesel power.
2023 Mitsubishi Montero Hybrid
The Japanese company is a member of a huge alliance, alongside Nissan and Renault. As you know, those carmakers are already producing some electric and hybrid units worth of mention. Also, Mitsubishi made a strong impact in the US market with Outlander PHEV. Now, a similar technology might be available for the next-gen 2023 Mitsubishi Montero. For Pajero most likely, since it is covering markets that are keen on hybrid and EV systems. On the other hand, those drivetrains are not quite popular in Pacific Asia yet. But, the evolution will start, sooner or later.
The 2023 Montero Hybrid would get electric support, probably for some of its diesel engines. Those will help the SUV achieve more than 200 hp and keep the gas mileage at a good level. That would be a nice improvement for the start. The company also has plans to start building electric vehicles as well, but this is a long shot for now.
When Will 2023 Mitsubishi Montero Be Available?
The new generation of the SUV is coming out early in 2023. The company ended production of the current series because of the slow sales and especially the outburst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, when the world is being back to normal (pretty much), the 2023 Mitsubishi Montero is coming as an all-new vehicle.
The situation with the US debut is more questionable. The company wants to expand its presence in North America, that is for sure. But, it is not easy to get into the A-League. Plus, their partners, Nissan, would see this as the competition. The 2023 Montero could be an off-roader, as it used to be in its last appearance in the United States. It would position the SUV in the free slot, probably between Nissan Pathfinder and Armada. Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Wrangler will be the main rivals in this case.