Recognized as one of the well-adorned pickup trucks in the country, the Strada is Mitsubishi Philippines' entry in the midsize pickup truck segment. Now on its third generation, the Japanese midsize utility truck received its rightful facelift in January 2019. The update includes the Dynamic Shield exterior styling and a more muscular body sculpture. Outside, the Strada boasts the 'X' fascia, similar to the latest models of the tri-diamond brand: the Xpander, Montero Sport, ASX, among others. It's got slim headlights, the C-shaped chrome accents that outline the fog lamps. The Mitsubishi Strada is athletic, agile, and sporty yet promising to conquer any country roads. Quality is emphasized on the interior with soft-pad materials. Despite the facelift, the Strada now only runs with a 2.4-liter 4 in-line Clean Diesel with Variable Geometry Turbo and MIVEC 4N15 engine, scrapping the former 2.5-liter Common Rail Direct Injection 4D56 diesel engine. That leaves the Strada nameplate with one powerplant, which can produce 181 hp and 430 Nm of torque. The 2019 Strada is available with 4x2 or 4x4 variants, with power being transmitted by either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
The Mitsubishi Strada was launched on January 26, 2019, with a new face. The pickup now features Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design language. It also now comes with a new 2.4-liter turbo diesel engine. With the new body, redesign comes a new pair of projector headlights and foglights. The lighting has been split into with the main projector LED headlights being put at the top while its signal lights have been placed at the bottom.
On March 11, 2020, Mitsubishi Motor Philippines quietly launched the Mitsubishi Strada Athlete, a new variant to the Strada lineup in the country. The dressed-up pickup boasted a bright array of colors, a special set of decals, and a blacked-out grille and black wheels to enhance the aesthetic of the Strada. The aim was to make a more sporty-looking pickup that would appeal to those looking for a capable pickup. The variant is based on the Strada GT, which is the top-of-the-line trim level in the Philippine Strada lineup. Mitsubishi also launched a 4x2 variant with the Athlete trimmings at the same time for consumers who don't need the 4x4 system.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
The Mitsubishi Strada rides on a reinforced ladder on frame chassis. For suspension, the pickup gets an independent wishbone setup at the front and for the rear, it gets a live axle with leaf springs. Stopping power comes from disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. Powering the pickup is a 2.4-liter turbo diesel engine that makes 179hp and 430 Nm of torque. Power is sent to either all four wheels or exclusively to the rear depending on the variant.
Midsize Pickup Truck
Four-Door Double Cab, Body-On-Frame Pickup Truck
Front Engine Rear-wheel-drive
Front Engine Four-wheel-drive
Mitsubishi K platform
2.4 L 4N15 MIVEC
179hp, 430 Nm of torque
The Mitsubishi Strada thanks to its 2.4-liter turbo diesel engine and its conventional 6-speed transmission lets the vehicle be torquey. Power from the vehicle can be felt as early as 1,500RPM. When the transmission shifts, however, there is a bit of a delay when letting the engine downshift by itself. This is where the paddle shifters come into play as they easily let you downshift the car.
At higher speeds, the Mitsubishi Strada is tame, composed, and feels planted. Steering feel is on the heavy side which will make maneuvering in tight spaces difficult. Thankfully the Strada has sensors to aid you in maneuvering the pickup.
The Mitsubishi Strada comes with, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, and a push to start button. At the center of the vehicle can be found a 2-DIN touchscreen infotainment system that comes ready with navigation. Sound is sent through a 6-speaker sound system. The infotainment system also comes with USB, Aux, iPod, and Bluetooth capabilities. The pickup also comes with keyless entry as standard
The Mitsubishi Strada now comes with a new face thanks to Mitsubishi’s Dynamic shield design. The pickup sports a two-layer headlight design. The top is where the main headlight is housed, it features the high and low beams of the vehicle. The second set at the bottom houses the signal lights and fog lights. The higher tier has LED projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, and at the back, the LED treatment continues with its taillights.
The interior of the Mitsubishi Strada comes in a black theme with a light gray headliner. There are two choices for seat material, leather for the higher trims and cloth for the lower variants. At the center of the interior of the pickup is a 2DIN touchscreen infotainment system. It comes navigation ready and supports Bluetooth and iPod capabilities.
The Mitsubishi Strada comes with Anti-lock brakes, EBD, brake assist, stability control, traction control, blind-spot warning, hill start, and descent controls, and seven airbags. These airbags are located near the driver, front passenger, driver’s knee. Curtain airbags also come standard with the pickup. Another standard safety feature for the Strada is its ISOFIX points located in the second row of the vehicle.
The Mitsubishi Strada scored well on the ASEAN NCAP coming in with 5-star for its adult occupants. The pickup, however, didn’t do too well with child safety coming in only with 2-stars. It also passed the side impact test.
Pros & Cons
What you will like about the Mistubishi Strada is that it has a lot of tech and safety features included in the pickup. It has early torque thanks to its 2.4-liter turbo diesel engine and the ride comfort has been improved over the last generation.
What you might not like about the Mitsubishi Strada is that the interior has extensive use of piano black plastics which are scratch magnet areas. The gear shifter also has delays when in full automatic mode. The vehicle can also be hard to maneuver in tight spots.
Ask our team of experts any question and we will do our best to give you the best answer possible.
What is the Mitsubishi Strada Athlete?
The Mitsubishi Strada Athlete is the new top-of-the-line version of the pickup truck that replaces the GT model. It comes with a unique color and other accessories that give the vehicle a more rugged and sporty appearance.
Does the Mitsubishi Strada come with a 4x4 variant?
The Mitsubishi Strada comes with several 4x4 models in the form of the GLS 4WD and the Athlete 4WD.
Does the Mitsubishi Strada come with the same engine as the Montero Sport?
The Mitsubishi Strada shares the same engine as the Montero Sport.
Is the Mitsubishi Strada diesel?
Yes, the Mitsubishi Strada comes with a 2.4-liter turbo diesel engine.
Where is the Mitsubishi Strada made?
There are two factories where the Strada is made. The first is Thailand, specifically in Laem Chabang, under Mitsubishi Motors Thailand, and in Brazil, specifically in Catalão.
Does the Mitsubishi Strada come with a manual transmission?
Yes, all trim levels of the Strada come with a 6-speed manual option.
What are the other names of the Strada?
In other regions, the Mitsubishi Strada is called the Triton or L200.
What engine does the Mitsubishi Strada use?
Mitsubishi has equipped the Strada with a 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine called the 4N15, which is shared between the Strada and the Montero Sport
What is the weight of the Mitsubishi Strada?
The Strada weighs around 2,570 kg
What is the ground clearance of the Mitsubishi Strada?
The Mitsubishi Strada comes with 220mm of ground clearance.
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