The Hardworking pick up that thinks its an SUV

When Mitsubishi released the new face lifted Mitsubishi Strada last year, almost everybody was pleasantly surprised of the new fascia dubbed as the  “Dynamic Shield”, the Mitsubishi updated corporate design that was first seen in the new Pajero. The Strada comes in 4×4 and 4×2 variants, with 2 transmission options.

Although the Strada 4×4 outshines the 4×2 in popularity, it doesn’t mean it’s less reliable. The 4×2 is still that heavy-duty truck that can do almost any chore thrown at it. While the 4×4 shines in all kinds of rough terrain, the 4×2 is more adept at urban jungle and dirt trails, albeit with more flair.

Exterior

Aside from the refreshed fascia that features slimmer projector headlights and foglight-signal light assembly, the lower valance panel and simulated scrape plate gives that 4wd vibe. Unlike the Xpander, which has the headlights at the mid bumper line, the headlights are back at the top, mainly for safety reasons (as the Strada is expected to be driven in tough road conditions)

The body still has the basic Strada profile. The high beltline and bulging fenders lend the sporty look, but he most noticeable upgrades are the larger taillights, reshaped bumpers, slimmer step boards and the new design wheels. While the GL sport 17in rims, the GLS have the bigger and sleeker 18in rim/tire combo.

Inside the cabin

The Montero influence greets you once inside. The four-spoke steering wheel has a complete set of remote control buttons and the dashboard features easy to read analog gauges. The GLS has the Dual Zone Automatic Airconditioning system, which is way better than the manual option. The main attraction here however, is the 2-DIN Touchscreen Entertainment System, with NAVI – CD/MP3/AUX-In/USB Port/iPod Ready. Excellent sound quality provided via 6 Speakers

Powertrain

Power comes from the reliable turbodiesel 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine shared with the Montero. It’s still rated at 178 hp/3,500 rpm and 430 Nm/2,500 rpm of torque channeled to the road via the Six-speed automatic gearbox. A six speed manual transmission is also available.

The MIVEC 2.4 DOHC 16-Valve Turbo engine (Image: MMPC.Ph)
18 inchers

As expected, the 4×2 has a more comfortable ride than its 4×4 sibling. The suspension is tame enough for light duty work, but load capacity is still impressive, especially when equipped with the plastic bed lining–easier to slide boxes on or off. The wading capacity is at par with its 4×4 counterparts, thanks to its upgraded rolling stock.

The Strada 4×2 GLS is your typical adventure pickup, but with more pizzazz. A handsome workhorse.

Text/Images: Earl Manalansan

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