Big changes are underway at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC). The automaker is rethinking its business strategy to maximize profitability. Some of these include focusing more on the ASEAN region and cutting reducing costs which subsequently resulted in the Pajero being killed-off. Aside, from cutting production and costs globally, Mitsubishi also plans to introduce new models by starting FY2022.
The first of these new models is the Strada/L200 (or Triton, depending on where you are) which is set to be launched in FY 2022. Then in FY 2023, the new Montero Sport along with two all-new mystery models are set to make their global debut as well. Based on the business plan presented by Mitsubishi, the names of the two upcoming mystery models were not mentioned. But, from the silhouettes provided, they will definitely be crossovers. No new sedans in the works it seems.
Starting with the Strada, the current-generation model was officially revealed in late 2014 as a 2015 model. More recently, the pickup underwent a major makeover in late 2018, getting the same face as the Montero Sport. As such, a 2022 debut for an all-new model makes perfect sense since the model would be seven years old by then. More importantly, we will already have an early preview of the next-generation Strada when the all-new Nissan Navara debuts in the not-so-distant future.
Earlier this year, Nissan already confirmed that the Navara and the Strada/Triton/L200 will use the same platform. By using the same platform, both Nissan and Mitsubishi will be able to cut back on costs. The companies will now have to design their own top (body) to match the frame. So what will the next-generation Strada look like? We don't know yet. But expect it to continue carrying the dynamic shield design.
As for the Montero Sport, the current-generation model was introduced a year after the Strada in 2015. Mitsubishi similarly facelifted the popular SUV in late 2019. By 2023, the Montero Sport will then be seven years old, marking the perfect time for Mitsubishi to introduce an all-new model.
At the moment, there are not a lot of details regarding the updated model. But it could possibly look like the Engleberg Tourer. Furthermore, there is a chance that it could share platforms with the Nissan Terra. Since the Strada and Navara are already platform brothers, it makes sense that the Montero Sport and the Terra also share similar underpinnings.
The biggest question, however, would be the two new mystery crossovers. It's not the Eclipse Cross or the Outlander as those are still relatively new. On top of that noticeably there are no new sedans either. While the Mirage was updated recently, it is still an aging model. Does this mean Mitsubishi no longer believes in sedans? We don't know. But from the looks of it, the automaker will have an all crossover lineup in the upcoming future.