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2019 Mitsubishi Strada facelift to get Montero Sport-style redesign

2019 Mitsubishi Strada facelift to get Montero Sport-style redesign image

Marcus De Guzman / Mitsubishi Press, www.LS2FBC.com | September 18, 2018 09:21

Mitsubishi gearing up for the reveal of the 2019 Strada

Mitsubishi is about to shake up the pickup wars very soon. Last seen in Australia wearing light camouflage, the Mitsubishi Strada (also called Triton in other markets) is about to get a much needed facelift for the 2019 model year.

Now, the company has officially released a teaser image of the 2019 Mitsubishi Strada wearing its new face.

Based on the photograph provided, the Strada gets a heavily redesigned front fascia reminiscent of both the Xpander and current Montero Sport. Gone are the old headlights as they have been replaced by sleeker LED units. The front grill, as well as the front bumper get a sharp redesign which further highlight Mitsubishi's Dynamic Shield design language. Finally, the foglights are now larger and appear to directly take inspiration from Mitsubishi's all-new MPV.

Besides getting a facelift, the 2019 Strada also appears to be rolling on new six-spoke alloy wheels, along with wider fender flares. Images of the Strada's rear have yet to be revealed. However, based on previous spy photos, Mitsubishi was busy changing the Strada's rear.

While it still comes with the distinct J-Line that splits the cab from the bed, the bed itself now appears longer and taller than before. This could have been done to improve the Strada's load carrying capacity. The taillights, on the other hand, have been covered up as well which could indicate Mitsubishi also made some design tweaks to it.

Power for the 2019 Mitsubishi Strada will most likely still come from the 2.4-liter 4N15 MIVEC turbo-diesel. But with other brands such as Ford, Toyota and Isuzu releasing upgraded powertrains for their pickup trucks, the refreshed Strada could come with a few extra horses as well as more pulling power. Currently, the engine produces 181 PS along with 430 Nm of torque.

Apart from that, the upgraded Strada could also come with a new eight-speed automatic transmission since the current model only comes with a five-speed automatic. The six-speed manual gearbox, on the other hand, will most likely be carried-over for those that prefer to row their own.

Expect the 2019 Mitsubishi Strada to make its official debut before the year ends, most likely at this year's Thailand International Motor Expo.