Have you’ve been waiting eagerly for the arrival of the 2019 Strada? Well you won’t have to wait for long as Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is gearing for its local debut. In fact, the company has already launched a teaser website for those interested in checking the redesigned pickup truck before its imminent arrival.
Looking at the website, (which you can access here), the PH-bound Strada will apparently resemble the one launched in Thailand last month. It gets a radical redesign called ‘Rock Solid’ and is highlighted by the prominent Dynamic Shield grill first seen on the Xpander. It gets a two-tier headlight design wherein the top portion houses the LED daytime running lights and headlights. Meanwhile, the lower section holds the turn signal lights and the foglights.
Subtle changes were also made on the Strada’s rear. Compared to before, the new combination LED taillights now resemble the ones used on the Montero Sport. Completing the exterior changes on the 2019 Strada are the new alloy wheels, and new tailgate garnishes / trim.
Inside, the updated Strada has received a new dashboard, new interior panels, as well as more premium materials. More soft-touch materials have been put in to improve overall cabin feel. Higher-grade variants also get a new leather-wrapped steering wheel borrowed from the Montero Sport, and a sportier-looking gauge cluster.
Under the hood, expect the PH-spec Strada to get the carried-over 2.4-liter 4N15 turbo-diesel engine with MIVEC. But perhaps the more important upgrade that the pickup truck might receive is a new six-speed automatic transmission which will replace the old five-speed unit. Apart from those, the Strada is also set to get better brakes, improved riding comfort, and an improved version of the brand’s 4WD system.
Also, high-grade models may come with intelligent driver aids and safety systems such as blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, forward collision mitigation, ultrasonic misacceleration mitigation system, reverse camera with rear cross traffic alert, and a multi-view around monitor derived from Nissan.
Check out the other features of that may be available for the upcoming 2019 Strada on our first drive feature in Thailand.