Mitsubishi to strengthen ASEAN lineup with new models
Mitsubishi has something special in store for 2023. Despite the automaker experiencing a slump in sales as of late, the company remains steadfast in releasing all-new and updated models in the next few years.
One of the company's major strategies is to further strengthen its ASEAN lineup. To do that, Mitsubishi plans to introduce new-generation models of its existing nameplates. This includes the popular Montero Sport.
That's right, Mitsubishi confirmed that the fourth-generation Montero Sport is coming soon. Under the product timeline, the new Montero Sport (aka Pajero Sport) is scheduled for release in 2023. But before it sees the light of day, its pick-up sibling, the Strada (aka Triton), will be launched first sometime in 2022.
Aside from the all-new SUV and pick-up truck, Mitsubishi also announced that two new crossovers will be revealed in 2023. The company has yet to reveal their names, but one of them could be the production version of the Engelberg concept. Meanwhile, the other is a smaller crossover to compete in the subcompact segment.
Details about the all-new Montero Sport/ are still a mystery. However, Ashwani Gupta, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Performance Officer of Nissan confirmed last year that the next-gen Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Strada will share platforms. Remember, the Montero Sport and Terra are based on their pick-up counterparts. With that, its likely that the two SUVs will be platform brothers in the future as well.
2023 is still relatively far away, giving Mitsubishi and Nissan plenty of time to work on the next-generation frame-based vehicles. Hopefully, in the future, Nissan would have already laid the plans to build its frame-based models in the Philippines. Gupta previously said they are looking at building the Terra and Navara at Mitsubishi's plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna. Should everything go according to plan, we might see Nissan's and Mitsubishi's best-selling SUVs and pick-up trucks being built in the country.