Mitsubishi May Revive Montero For U.S. Market
SUV Larger Than Outlander Will Return to States
Suzuki recently pulled out of U.S. car sales after 25 years, and many were wondering if Mitsubishi could soon follow. But the embattled Japanese automaker looks like it's pushing hard for a comeback with new products for the U.S. market. In addition to the new 2014 Outlander, and the budget-leader Mirage subcompact at the 2013 New York show, the company is preparing a next-generation Galant midsize sedan, and of most interest to SUV enthusiast, possibly a new Montero SUV, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Mitsubishi's executive vice president of North American operations, Masetoshi Hasegawa, stated emphatically at the New York show, "I can assure you we have no intention of pulling out of the U.S. market." But beyond its statement of commitment to the U.S. market, Hasegawa said the Outlander would be getting a "big brother," which many interpret as being a revival of the renowned Montero/Pajero. The last SUV model Mitsubishi sold in the U.S. larger than the Outlander was the Endeavor, which was last sold for the 2011 model year. The Montero was last sold in the U.S. for the 2006 model year.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price on the 2006 Montero when new was $36,159. The 2014 Outlander will start at around $24,000 for the four-cylinder model and $28,000 for the V-6. No specific size or powertrain details were given for the future SUV, but it could follow in the footsteps of the Outlander with a plug-in hybrid model.
Source: Detroit Free Press