After debuting back in November 2014, the current generation Strada pickup receives a mild update at this year’s Bangkok International Motor Show. Aesthetically, the Strada relatively carries over its pre-updated exterior design as most of the changes were applied on the pickup’s interior and powertrain.
Starting with the cabin, the 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel has been replaced with a new 4-spoke unit from the 2016 Montero Sport. Moreover, the steering rack now features tilt and telescopic adjustment, along with paddle shifters. Completing the interior changes is an additional 12V socket.
The other tech derived from the 2016 Montero Sport is the new Super Select 4WD II system. It gains a 4H full-time AWD mode, along with a viscous rear differential lock. Retained however is the system’s 4HLC (4-High locked diff), 4LLC (4-Low locked diff) and 2H rear wheel drive mode.
Powering the Thai-spec Strada is the 2.4-liter 4N15 MIVEC turbo-diesel that puts out 181 PS at 3500 rpm along with 430 Nm of torque at 2500 rpm.
Additional safety features also makes its way in the 2016 Strada. Top-of-the-line models now benefit from side and curtain airbags, allowing for a total of seven airbags. Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC) is now standard equipment as well on high-tier variants.