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|24th August 2006, 09:09||#61|
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|14th October 2006, 12:50||#62|
Drove the Montero last evening. In terms of presence, its huge and extremely butch. You have to see it to believe it...the personality is something else.
The interiors have a functional and "built-to-last" feel to them. They arent particularly luxurious yet have all the bells and whistles (leather, slick transfer case, power everything, electric front seats and a silly aftermarket looking Kenwood stereo). The third row seat is pointless and only for kids. Really young kids. The second row has a good amount of room but your knees point skyward due to the high floor.
Start the Montero and the beast shakes and moves violently. The 3.2 is a huge DI diesel and makes its presence felt. Slot into first and it simply flies off the start line. The acceleration continues in each and every gear, with the revv counter going up and down like a Japanese petrol engine. Its got terrible punch at the low and mid range.
The Monteros also got fantastic ride quality and handling (for an SUV). The steering is so light and precise that you will forget how big / heavy this machine actually is. There is a minimal amount of body roll and the steering/brake/handling combination make it very easy to drive. Even in traffic.
However, I was pretty disappointed with the gearshift. Though its precise, the throws are long and remind you of the Scorpio / Qualis brigade. Another disappointment is the 37 lakh on-road price in Mumbai. Its clearly overpriced (being imported as a CBU) and makes you wonder whether its really worth it. Similar case to the Camry which is overpriced by a couple of lakhs because of the 100+% duty structure.
The price is going up further next week by a lakh odd. And the delivery period is 3 - 4 months minimum.
|15th October 2006, 16:29||#65|
Well, The Prado is a petrol and is almost 7 - 8 lacs more on-the-road. Also IMHO it looks like a sissy.
The HM sales manager claims to have 150 Monteros booked already.
|15th October 2006, 18:00||#66|
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37 lakhs is way too much for Montero. I'm tired of saying this, but Mitsu really has to get its act together in India.
|15th October 2006, 22:29||#67|
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Just saw a Montero in Gurgaon today. Agree it looks HUGE. Bigger than a Prado.. and it was quite fast too
|16th October 2006, 09:42||#70|
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There are a lot more Prados in Delhi than Mumbai....sales arent very impressive,nor is Toyota pushing much for sales.
|16th October 2006, 13:01||#72|
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The Montero sold in India is the Pajero elsewhere and between the Pajero and the LC Prado there isnt much of a choice - it has to be the LC Prado anyday.
However, Mitsubishi have the advantage of the diesel engine - funny how these things seem to matter at those esoteric price points!
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