By Drew Johnson
Monday, Aug 26th, 2013 @ 10:48 am
 
Mitsubishi could be planning to revive its Montero SUV for the United States market. Mitsubishi last sold the Montero on these shore in 2006, although the SUV remains in production in other parts of the world.

With plans for a Gallant-replacing mid-size sedan on hold, Mitsubishi is said to be contemplating bringing back the Montero nameplate to the U.S. market. Sold here from the 1980s through 2006, the Montero was marketed as a large SUV that competed with vehicles like the Land Rover Discovery and the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Although plans surrounding the Montero revival remain a little unclear, Automotive News claims the Urban Gorilla will return to the U.S. market by 2016, possibly by mid-year. No other details are known at this time.

However, given the Montero's last placement in the United States, it's likely that the SUV would be positioned above the Outlander utility vehicle. Buyers' taste have changed since the Montero was last popular in the U.S., though, so it's possible we could see the off-road oriented SUV transition into more of a soft-roader for its new generation, similar to what Nissan has done with the Pathfinder. Three-rows of seating would be a given.

Mitsubishi is keeping tight-lipped on a Montero revival, but we'll keep our ears pinned to the ground.