The refreshed Mitsubishi Strada, known as the Triton/L200 in many parts of the world, has just been unveiled today in Bangkok, Thailand. The pick-up’s mid-cycle refresh gives it a heavily refreshed look, as well as a new transmission and more high-tech safety features.
Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko stated: “The New Triton/L200 is one of our most important global strategic models. Its success will accelerate the momentum of the company’s sustainable growth. The new model brings enhancements to the durability, reliability and comfort developed over the 40 years since the introduction of the series. I am fully confident the New Triton/L200 will meet the diverse needs and wishes of our customers around the world.”
Starting off with its looks, the new Strada follows the “Engineered Beyond Tough” theme, with the designers placing emphasis on the Strada’s tough and follows a “Rock Solid” concept. This is evident with the Strada’s new fascia, featuring the latest interpretation of Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield grille. The high engine hood line and beefier-looking lamps located higher up give the new model a more powerful and imposing front face. Around the sides, a newly sculpted character line with extended wheel flares and bright accents embody give the Strada much more character than the model it replaces. The new lighting elements at the front and rear give the Strada a modern and sophisticated look, while the newly designed alloy wheels give it an aggressive stance.
Inside, the changes are much more minor, and these include the center console, buttons, switches, and aircon vents. The addition of soft touch materials in the armrests, center console, door inserts, and parking brake do a lot in improving the cabin vibe of the Strada. Satin silver finishes are scattered in key places in the interior, which gives the interior a modern and sophisticated look. Elsewhere, there are neww rear aircon vents mounted on the ceiling, as well as USB ports under the center stack and behind the center armrest.
The engine remains unchanged, which is the 2.4-liter inline-4 4N15 MIVEC turbodiesel engine, producing 181 hp and 430 Nm of torque. This time though, it gets mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission.
4×4 models receive either a Super-Select 4WD, which delivers optimum traction and handling characteristics for any given surface, or Easy-Select 4WD, which simplifies switching between drive modes for different road surfaces. Both Super-Select and Easy-Select 4WD systems use a new Off-Road Mode which has Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand, and Rock (in 4LLc only) settings. When engaged, Off-Road Mode integrally controls engine power, transmission and braking to regulate the amount of wheel slip, providing the optimum all-terrain performance when driving over mud or snow.
The biggest internal change to the Strada, however, is the addition of a new set of high-tech safety gear. This includes Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Mitigation with pedestrian detection, as well as Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System, which prevents an accident resulting from the improper use of the accelerator when moving off or reversing in car parks and other confined spaces.
Additionally, the Mitsubishi Strada also gains a 360-degree Multi Around Monitor, as well as all around parking sensors. Whether these safety features make it into the Philippines is something that we still have to find out.
The new Mitsubishi Strada will go on sale in Thailand on November 17, while a Philippine release will happen sometime in 2019.
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