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Hindustan Motors launches the all new Montero
New Delhi, June 25, 2007

Hindustan Motors and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation today launched the All New Montero at an elegant function in the capital. The vehicle was unveiled by Mr. Ravi Santhanam, Managing Director Hindustan Motors and Mr. Kazuyuki Kambayashi, General Manager – Asia and ASEAN Business Group Mitsubishi Motors in the presence of a galaxy of senior Hindustan Motors and Mitsubishi team members

The “All New Mitsubishi Montero” brings to India leading edge SUV technology & features. The All-New Montero will replace the existing model, which was till recently being marketed in India. The vehicle is currently being made available as a completely built unit (CBU) and will be marketed through the network of 35 Mitsubishi Motors dealership across India.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ravi Santhanam, Managing Director, Hindustan Motors, said, "The Montero & Pajero have already established themselves as one of the most successful and greatest performing on and off road vehicles in the world. All the learning on performance, durability & safety from Mitsubishi’s continuous wins in Dakar Rally and other such gruelling rallies has been incorporated in the All New Montero. The new Montero has a number of technological features that give it supreme leading edge performance and unmatched on and off road capabilities.”

Also present on the occasion, Mr. Kazuyuki Kambayashi, General Manager – Asia and ASEAN Business Group Mitsubishi Motors said, “We are very happy to launch the new Mitsubishi Montero in India. The new Montero has been a roaring success globally and we are confident that this will appeal to the Indian customers as well”.

The all new Mitsubishi Montero now packs in a new generation high refinement Turbo Charged Intercooled 3.2 litre, CRDi diesel engine, which generates a heady torque of 383 Nm and peak power of 164.5PS. The engine, mated to an ever-reliable superior 5-Speed manual gearbox and a Super Select 4WD system (SS4-II) and overseen by a microprocessor controlled ASTC system (Active Stability and Traction Control) ensures primal excitement and superior driveability.

Inviting plush leather interiors with superior creature comforts provide unmatched driver and passenger comfort. Host of convenient features like fully automatic air conditioning, 2nd and 3rd row A/C ducts, seat heater, 60:40 split 2nd row seats, 3rd row seats with stowage function, premium entertainment music system provides peace of mind and comfortable driving experience.

Product Details:

All-terrain performance

  • The new Montero retains the generous ramp angles that define it as a true all-round SUV and allows it to negotiate all types of surface: an approach angle of 36.6-degrees; break over angle of 22.5-degrees and departure angle of 25-degrees.

  • A new engine that features detail improvements to realize a perfect harmony between high output and eco friendly performance. The engine is a 3.2-liter, 16 Valve, DOHC, Turbo charged intercooled diesel with CRDi (Common Rail Direct Injection) system.

  • The new diesel engine provides superior torque, especially at low and mid rev ranges. The new Common Rail injection system electronically controls fuel intake to deliver precisely the right amount to each cylinder, while the direct injection system enables far more efficient combustion. Peak power and torque rating of the engine is a remarkable 164.5PS and 383 N-m respectively, which propel the SUV with gracious aplomb across varied terrain.

  • Mated with a slick 5-speed manual gear box which has undergone precise fine tuning with superior shift feel and gear ratios matched for more effective use of power and better fuel economy.

  • The new Montero employs the Super Select (SS4-II) four-wheel driveline, which offers four drive modes that deliver optimum traction for reassuring stability and outstanding handling characteristics over all surfaces. SS4-II allows the driver to lock the centre differential for maximum drive torque over poor surfaces or he can allow the viscous coupling type centre differential to automatically tailor its basic 33:67 F-R torque split to suit different surfaces and conditions.

  • Refining improvements have been made to Mitsubishi's acclaimed ASTC (Active Stability and Traction Control) system that regulates brake force and drive torque on an individual wheel basis to deliver outstanding handling and vehicle stability as well as go-anywhere all-terrain capability.


  • The new Montero retains its trademark design taste with styling cued by powerful straight lines that clearly hint at its off-road performance capabilities and identify it as an all-round SUV. The front visage takes the eyes of a wildcat and is further distinguished by headlights with swept up undersides for better obstacle avoidance.

  • The large door mirrors house an indicator repeater and approach lamps that light up the area around the front doors at night. The new design mirror also feature a deflector on the underside of the housing that helps to keep rain flowing round onto the door window.

  • The new Montero retains the tailgate backpack-style spare tire garnish that allows the driver to readily check the condition of the tire. Housing the license plate and rear fog lamps the garnish is centrally located to make the rear combination lamps more clearly visible to following drivers. The spare tire mounting has been moved down to lower the centre of gravity and to improve rear-view visibility.


  • The Montero has an elegant and refined beige interior colour scheme, while a sportier black scheme is also available with select colour grades.

  • The dashboard is composed of clean lines with a powerfully shaped cross section. The instrumentation layout is clearly zoned by function, with the Center Information Display that shows vehicle operating status information at the top, the audio control panel below that and the climate control panel at the bottom. Frequently used controls have been made larger for better visual location and to facilitate more accurate operation.

  • Cockpit complete with elegantly leather wrapped steering that houses audio and cruise control functions and with beautifully lit meter cluster providing all vital driver inputs.

Reliability and durability

  • The new Montero is equipped with independent double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension configuration. Improvements to spring, shock absorber, stabilizers and rubber bushing characteristics have improved cornering stability as well as making for a flatter and more comfortable ride.

  • The new Montero uses larger 17-inch disc brakes with 4-pot opposing callipers supported with ABS and EBD that delivers better stopping power and higher resistance to fade.

  • Montero’s built-in frame monocoque body features further improvements in reliability and durability. Measures taken to boost body stiffness include more spot welds, a stiffer cowl top, switching from 270 MPa grade to 440 MPa grade high tensile strength steel, and the strategic use of structural adhesives.

  • Use of aluminium has lowered the weight of the engine hood by approximately 9 kg. As well as reducing the body weight and improving the front/rear weight distribution, this also makes opening and closing the hood a much easier task.


  • The new Montero employs the following safety measures to significantly reduce occupant injury in an event of crash: Dual-stage SRS airbags for driver and front passenger, new design front seatbelts with pre-tensioned and force limiter that provide more secure and kinder location, and side-impact and curtain airbags.

  • Montero provides the equivalent of a maximum six-star JNCAP safety rating in-house testing after the introduction of measures designed to increase the absorption of impact energy and mitigate occupant injuries. These measures cover the rearward displacement of the power train, as well as the construction of the steering column and the brake pedal.

Entertainment / Utility

  • Located at the top and in the middle of the dashboard is the Center Information Display that presents fuel economy, speed and other vehicle operating status information, as well as current altitude, atmospheric pressure and exterior temperature. The display also shows in-car entertainment system status, a clock, and a calendar.

  • Third row of seats that fold away under the floor when not required, a feature, which proved popular on the previous Montero. The head restraints also stow neatly under the floor.

  • The new Montero sports a new Rockford Acoustic Design Premium Sound System comprising an 860 Watt amplifier, 12 speakers, a digital signal processor (DSP) and a 5.1 channel theatre surround system that creates a soundstage with soulful heavy bass and a high acoustic energy flow.

MITSUBISHI brand in India and world over signifies rally proven toughness, excellent drivability, great ride comfort, premium features and latest technological advancements for all its products. The new Montero is sure to strengthen this image and take it to new heights and captivate discerning Indian customers to a great extent. With this launch the Mitsubishi product range- Lancer, Cedia, Pajero and Montero in price range between Rs.6.97 lakhs to Rs. 34.11 lakh offers Indian customers a wide range of products with unique characteristics and competitive price.

Hindustan Motors Ltd. was established in 1942 and is a part of the G.P. C.K.Birla group of companies. Its registered office is in Kolkata, with the car manufacturing plant being at Uttarpara and Tiruvallur. Mr. C.K.Birla is the Chairman of Hindustan Motors. The Ambassador car is manufactured from the Uttarpara facility, while Lancer, Cedia and Pajero are rolled out from the Tiruvallur plant.

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