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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.