In about two weeks time, we'll be seeing the updated Mitsubishi Montero Sport with its new, Strada-inspired face. But as early as now, the Japanese automaker is making some buzz about it already. After all, there is a lot to get excited about. It is the Montero Sport after all.
Notice we mentioned Strada-inspired? That's because the 2020 Montero Sport's face will not be a carbon copy of its pickup counterpart. In fact, Mitsubishi made an effort to make it look distinct, but still retain that corporate look.
For starters, the grill on the Montero Sport is a three-bar affair, whereas the Strada only has two. Also, the LED daytime running lights have a different pattern, looking more like an Eclipse Cross. The headlights have also been given a bit of a restyle. We also noticed that the Mitsubishi badge looks bolder than the one found on the current model as well, somewhat reminding us of the first Montero Sport that landed here way back in 2004.
Then there's perhaps the most obvious nod to the Strada. The front bumper goes from rounded off to defined and chiseled. Also, the chrome garnish runs all the way to the tip of the headlights, unlike before. Last but not least are larger foglights which have a similar placement to the Strada. However, we did notice that the foglights are slimmer than the ones on the Strada, perhaps derived from the Delica D:5.
What about the rear you ask? If you watch the video above and you're quick with the pause button, you'll see that the tail lights still feature the extensions that droops downwards. Like it or loathe it, it's a design characteristic that will stick with the Montero Sport for this life cycle. We also spotted a new wheel design, likely for all variants.
Engines on the other hand are likely to be carried over. As it stands, the Montero Sport is powered by a 2.4-liter MIVEC turbodiesel engine that's good for 181 PS and 430 Nm of torque.