Marcus De Guzman / WSmobile Chai Wongsa, www.LS2FBC.com | September 14, 2018 09:57
Is Mitsubishi Montero Sport getting a fresh new face for 2019?
Seems like Mitsubishi has been busy working with a refresh for their Montero Sport PPV. Recently spotted by an eagle-eyed individual is what appears to be a facelifted Montero Sport (called Pajero Sport in other markets) making road tests in Thailand.
Despite the apparent camouflage on the front fascia, it's quite clear that Mitsubishi was busy changing up the design of the Montero Sport. From the looks of things, it appears they softened up the Dynamic Shield design, resulting in a cleaner and more cohesive look. The front grill also appears to be slightly bigger than before while the headlights received mild tweaks.The lower air intake, as well as the foglights looks as if they have been left untouched however.
It's hard to see if the distinct chrome trim on the front bumper will be carried-over. But based on the photo, it looks like the trim itself was covered as well to throw off any spy photographers.
As for the rear, it seems like Mitsubishi didn't make any changes as they didn't bother to disguise it. It is highly likely it will be left untouched much to the dismay of people who dislike the 'crying' taillight design at the back.
The 2.4-liter 4N15 MIVEC turbo-diesel is expected to be carried-over from the pre-facelift version of the Montero Sport. However, Mitsubishi could slightly tweak the engine to put out additional horsepower and torque. Currently, the engine produces 181 PS and 430 Nm of torque. Available transmission options include a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic.
If the 2019 Mitusbishi Montero Sport is set to receive softer looks, it's a complete opposite when it comes to the 2019 Strada facelift. Last April, the soon-to-be-revealed updated pickup truck was spotted in Australia wearing light camouflage. Compared to the current model, the refreshed pickup gets a heavily redesigned front end reminescent of the Montero Sport and Xpander.
It features an X-shaped grill, thin LED daytime running lights, huge headlights and foglights, and an aggressively-styled front bumper. Also seen on the Strada is its rather longer and taller bed. This could have been done to improve the Strada's load carrying capacity over the current model.
Like the Montero Sport, the Strada is also powered by the same 2.4-liter MIVEC turbo-diesel engine. However, we expect the facelift model to ditch the five-speed automatic in favor of the newer eight-speed automatic transmission. It's also available with a six-speed manual.
Expect Mitsubishi to debut the refreshed Montero Sport and Strada before the year ends, likely at the Thailand Motor Expo slated end of November.