Modern pickups have evolved into more tolerable to drive vehicles you can actually use for the daily drive. But let's not forget what these vehicles are all about: These things are primarily made for hauling.
For those looking for the classic pickup feel, or those who really need a barebones truck, Mitsubishi has some good news. Following the launch of the 'plush' versions of the Strada/Triton, Mitsubishi has given the same updates and upgrades to the utilitarian single cab versions.
That means the new work truck no longer has the upswept front end of last year's model. Instead, it gets the same look of the heavily refreshed model, bringing the whole range in line with the redesigned face. Not only that, there are technical updates to be found under the skin too.
But first, the exterior and, again, it gets the new front end. That means slim headlights, new grill, more pronounced bumper corners, and boxier fenders. The main difference here is that this variant is totally devoid of any chrome embellishments. The bumper, side mirrors, and door handles are left unpainted. Also, the bed has been redesigned for more height and, hence, increase volume. A rear bumper is optional. Don't expect alloy wheels here either; this rides on steel rims, true to its work truck roots.
With two less doors to deal with, the Strada/Triton single cab has a bed that measures 2,265 mm long, 1,470 mm wide, and 475 mm tall. Payload capacity is also up, now well over 1,200 kilograms, which would make it an idea job site runabout.
The increase in payload is thanks in part to the 2.4-liter MIVEC turbodiesel mill which first saw service in the Montero Sport. Unlike other automakers, Mitsubishi did not de-tune the MIVEC diesel engine. Instead, it retains 181 PS and 430 Nm of torque, which is significantly higher than the old 2.5-liter diesel from the old base Stradas. Four-wheel drive is standard, and it also comes with a rear locking differential. It then shifts via a six-speed manual transmission.
For now, it's the Thai market that has the new-look Strada/Triton single cab, and it's 4x4 only for them. As it stands, we have the L200, which still looks like the pre-facelift model.