Montes Urban MK3 (U3) 1990-2001
1992 Urban 2.0 MRP shown
Unveiled during the 1990 Salón del Automóvil de Barcelona, the car changed dramatically on all aspects, not only on the design: the car uses now a new chassis, featuring now double wishbone suspension on the rear axle, McPherson on the front, new engine series (the full-aluminum F Series was the replacement for the aging G Series, except for the lower trim), and it was the first launched model from the brand designed by Hiroto Matsushita.
The development started back in 1985, when Montes, like the U2 Urban, requested to Bertone the design, meanwhile in Barcelona the development of a new engine series and chassis started.
In 1987, Bertone finished the design, and was presented to the brand, but the executives weren’t very satisfied, saying that the design was too bland. So, Montes refused the Bertone proposal, and it was decided to be designed in house again.
And here comes Hiroto Matsushita in action, the new chief designer back in 1987: during the 1988 Geneva Motor Show, the Montes NSR was presented, and used the platform for the Urban MK3, the aesthetical design features, but not the new engines, that were still under development. The design was really futuristic.
Finally, the car was launched in 1990, and the world was shocked with the smooth, aggresive and modern lines. The fact is that it was too modern, that he didn’t needed a restyling, except for small aesthetic enhancements (painted mirrors, etc), and equipment upgrades.
F series engine
(press F to pay respects to G Series)
The old G series was a good engine (both 8v and 16v), but was starting failing against it’s competitors, with lighter, more fuel efficient and refined engines. So, a new 16V with VVT (available in SOHC and DOHC), full aluminum with port injection was developed. The result: more power by capacity, more torque and power over all the RPM range, better fuel economy and emissions. Later, in 1995, the engine received the VVL technology.
Turbo versions were used. In this case, on the Urban 2.0 MRP Turbo, and on it’s race version.
F16 DOHC shown
That engine series was also used on other models from the brand until 2009.
Urban 1.3 G ($8454)
The only model that uses the G Series engine, discontinued in 1995
Urban 1.4 GL ($8815)
Urban 1.5 GLX ($8866)
Urban 1.6 GT ($9897)
Urban 1.6 GT Version II (1995 update) ($12705)
Urban 2.0 MRP ($12338)
Urban 2.0 MRP Version II (1995 update) ($14203)
Urban 2.0 MRP Turbo ($14131)