Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Mitsubishi Strada global debut: Photos, Features, Specs

Mitsubishi Strada global debut: Photos, Features, Specs

While it runs on the same ladder-type frame as before, the bakkie's front end now features Mitsubishi's so-called "Dynamic Shield" design, a visage similar to the one worn by Mitsubishi's latest SUVs, such as the Pajero Sport and Eclipse Cross.

The new Mitsubishi L200 goes on sale in Thailand (as the Mitsubishi Triton) this month, and is expected in the United Kingdom by the middle of 2019. expect prices to nudge up a bit.

The sides have new sculpted body curves with sharp, contrasting lines. The wheel flares have also been extended to emphasize the fact that this is a truck, and perhaps to make the Strada look tougher beside the market-leading Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux.

Inside, the restyled cabin provides a modern and robust feeling.

The other big development is the enhanced off-road systems.

Further, the new Mitsubishi L200 4WD models are fitted with an option between Super-Select 4WD, which delivers optimum traction and handling characteristics for any given surface, or Easy-Select 4WD, which simplifies switching between drive modes for different road surfaces. Both of these use a new off-road mode which has Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand and Rock settings. Included Off-road mode simultaneously adjusts engine power, transmission and brakes to prevent wheel spin. Naturally, there's hill-descent control in the mix.

The technical specs for the United Kingdom market version are yet to be declared, though whichever engines are available will now be mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox instead of the five-speed manual in the outgoing auto.

Safety improvements are par for the course with Mitsubishi's updated models, and the Strada's case is no exception.

There's also Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and, the feature with the coolest name, Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System.

- Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), which can detect vehicles and pedestrians ahead.

- Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS) which reduces accidents resulting from improper use of the accelerator when moving off or reversing in auto parks and other confined spaces.

The updated bakkie will launch first in Thailand, before being rolled out to some 150 other markets (including South Africa, although timing has yet to be established).

The new L200 has also been fitted with larger front discs and calipers, larger rear dampers, and has replaced the current five-speed automatic transmission with a six-speed one, for smoother acceleration and improved refinement.

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