2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicle
All-New Safety Enhancements, Athletic Good Looks And True Off-Road Capability Make For One Great SUV
The rugged Montero Sport continues to attract a loyal following of buyers who desire a real off-road machine and not just a station wagon with big tires. Like its big brother, the Montero luxury SUV, the Montero Sport boasts true 4x4 capabilities with globally proven durability. For the 2001 model year, all Montero Sport models will be available with 4WD, including the entry level ES.
The 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport features improvements which benefit the occupants and the environment. All-new structural enhancements are designed to help deflect the force of an offset crash away from the vehicle's occupants. Also added are a driver's seat belt pretensioner and a rear Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child safety seat system. Environmental friendliness is a result of Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) exhaust levels in all 50-states along with an on-board fuel vapor recovery system.
The Montero Sport was significantly updated and restyled last year with numerous interior and exterior revisions to maintain its rugged looks and improve on-road drivability.
Every Montero Sport is powered by a V6 engine, providing owners with the power to tackle any adventure. ES, LS and XLS models have a 165-horsepower 3.0-liter 24-valve V6 engine. The Montero Sport Limited receives the 1 97-horsepower, 3.5-liter SOHC 24-valve Vó, similar to the one found in Mitsubishi's larger Montero luxury sport utility vehicle. An anti-theft engine immobilizer ignition system is standard on all trim levels.
Montero Sport's smooth ride is enhanced by a three-link rear coil spring suspension, providing comfort and stability on or off the road, while a limited slip differential - for both 2WD and 4WD - is standard on Limited and available on XLS.
2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Overview
Montero Sport models feature a 4-speed automatic transmission with Mitsubishi's Adaptive Shift Control system to improve shift quality and be more responsive to driving conditions. The system factors in accelerator position, vehicle speed, brake application and road conditions to select the appropriate gear.
The Montero Sport meets the wide variety of today's sport utility vehicle owner's needs, while maintaining its reputation as a top value in its class. Several different models allow buyers to choose the Montero Sport that best fits their lifestyles.
2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sports Technical Highlights
The 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport is offered in a wide range of trim levels: ES, LS, XLS and Limited, each available for the first time with 2WD or 4WD. Two powerplants are available and offer the power for competent off-road trekking with the refinement for day to day on-road driving, all while meeting Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards.
2001 Montero Sport Technical
Long port intake runners improve the V6 engine's low-speed torque and responsiveness. The expanded intake runners allow incoming air to build up speed and rush into the cylinders during the intake stroke. The cooling fan also reduces drag on the engine and provides much quieter operation. A self-diagnosing alternator alerts the driver to a malfunction long before vehicle performance is affected. Montero Sport V6's are also equipped with a dual-mass crankshaft pulley damper that helps quiet and smooth the engine.
The Montero Sport body is assembled with single piece stampings for the side structure, eliminating unnecessary gaps and welds and improving door sealing, weather protection and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). A one-piece stamping is also used for the vehicles front structure, providing a more solid and precise foundation for the hood, bumper and headlamp assembles. The one-piece stampings ensure exceptionally tight and even body panels.
Beneath the floor are lateral braces placed under the passenger compartment crossmembers under the rear seat and additional supports under the cargo compartment. These reinforcements provide added measures of strength and rigidity to the body, over and above the massive foundation of the ladder frame. The one-piece stamping techniques combine with the bracing in the cabin's floor to provide an extremely solid body structure.
To achieve Montero Sport's low interior noise and vibration levels, Mitsubishi Motors engineers employed a wide range of insulating and noise reducing techniques. The entire floor, front wheel housings and inner firewall are covered with a heat-treated noise reducing melting sheet insulation, with the rear wheel housings and upper dashboard mounting surface covered with their own unique vibration and sound insulating material.
The dashboard is attached to the vehicle with large damping pads that keep it from chaffing against the body structure. Even the floor carpeting and cargo compartment are specially lined and insulated to reduce road noise. Under the hood, the engine inhales through a large capacity air cleaner that is attached to the vehicle with double-layer anti-vibration damping material. Combined with the large capacity muffler, the engine is luxury car quiet. SAFETY
Numerous enhancements have been made to the Montero Sport in the area of safety. Mitsubishi engineers have placed an emphasis on collision avoidance and on occupant protection in the event a collision does occur.
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