The only change to the 2006 Mitsubishi Montero is the discontinuation of a number of exterior colors-Amazon Green Pearl, Cambridge Red Pearl, and Memphis Blue Pearl.
Few automakers can say their vehicles have participated in the grueling Paris-to-Dakar off-road rally competition, but the Mitsubishi Montero has done it 19 times. For 2006, the Montero is available in one trim level-Limited-and comes with a 215-hp, 3.8L V-6 engine mated to a 5-speed Sportronic sequential-shift automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is standard, as are traction and skid control, as well as ABS. Other safety items include a tire pressure monitoring system, front seat-mounted, side-impact air bags, and driver and passenger seat belt pre-tensioners with force limiters.
Standard amenities include seven-passenger seating (courtesy of a third row that completely disappears into a well in the cargo-area floor), wood grain interior accents, a 6-CD, 315-watt Mitsubishi/Infinity AM/FM/CD premium audio system with seven speakers, heated front seats, a power driver's seat with 14 adjustments, power passenger seats, heated side-view mirrors, illuminated running boards, stylish 17-inch alloy wheels, a fully automatic climate control system, and rear heater and air conditioner with passenger controls at the back of the center console. Montero also features an LCD information center with compass, outside temperature display, miles-to-empty, date, and time. Optional features include an oversized, one-touch power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof and a DVD entertainment system with roof-mounted screen and remote headphones for rear-seat passengers.
The Midsize Utility segment in which the Montero competes is one of the most competitive segments in existence, with no less than 20 models vying for a competitive edge. Models here offer better fuel economy than their full-size counterparts and more room and payload capability than their compact siblings.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the sales leader in the segment is the Jeep Grand Cherokee (213,584 units sold in calendar year 2005), followed closely by the Ford Explorer (203,483) and Chevrolet TrailBlazer (regular length model only), with 163,581 units sold in 2005. The Montero sold 2,778 units in 2005. Other models in the segment with sales greater than 100,000 units in 2005 include the Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango, and Toyota 4Runner.